Pet question. I'm allergic to cats. I don't mind, but it's reason enough for my girlfriend not to want to get a cat (though I suspect she just likes dogs better
). I'm slightly less allergic to dogs, so she wants one of those.
Unfortunately, we still live in a small apartment (67m² - about 720 ft²? Part of it would by necessity be off limits to any pet, though).
Thing is, I still work random hours - 12h-shifts, nights, weekends,... She's unemployed (and bored and lonely...Gee I wonder why she brings up the whole I-want-a-dog-thing again
), so right now there's be someone with them most of the time. If and when she gets a new job, though, any pet we get may have to be able to go 12 hours without people. There's a small terrace, so they can get out, but no yard or garden or anything where a dog might run or crap - so being able to hold it in for 12 hours is pretty important too. I'd gladly go on walks before and after shift if I have to (slightly less glad at 5am in wintertime, but fairly few dogs enjoy an hour-long walk in those conditions anyway
). Also, if I were to get a dog/cat, I'd want one I can actually pet, and/or cuddle/play with. If I wanted a pet to look at and admire from a distance, I'd get an aquarium. Or just turn on any random streaming video of kittens.
She enjoys looking at Animal Planet or looking through magazines and saying things like "oh look, a French Bulldog! Perfect for a small apartment, they can be alone, they like cuddling, they're smallish! let's get one" or "Oh hey, ragdolls cats are so awesome! They act half like a dog, and they can be left alone for a long time, no hard allergic reactions!". And, you know, I've met plenty of purebred cats to know that, yes, in general, I'm less allergic to them. Dogs, ditto. But if I were to get a dog/cat, I'd hate to get an expensive bred bloodline thingie when there are way too many poor kitties and dogs in pounds/asylums/homes/etc.
I've tried to bring up other, possibly more viable pets (rats, ferrets) but she's not all that interested. Not sure what to do.
-> Can be alone for longer periods
-> Can ride in a car for an hour or so
-> Likes to pet/cuddle/play
-> Can either use a box or hold it in for 12h
-> Not too allergenic
-> Can live in a smallish apartment, if taken out regularly for exercise
-> I'd rather spend €800 on pet equipment or donations than on buying a purebred anything.
Do you think we could give a dog or cat a decent home, or, as it unfortunately seems to me, would it just end up with a pet that either misbehaves or is plain unhappy because of the living conditions?