My mom is allergic to cats, and is a frequent visitor in our home. Over the last couple of years, I've discovered that my lungs feel tight when I'm around certain animals, as well. My kids want a cat (and so does my husband) but I really dislike having cat hair all over the house, plus the allergies. We've discussed an outdoor cat, but it gets below zero during the winter on a regular basis, and I'd feel guilty making the poor thing stay outside.
My children, ever creative, decided that we should get a cat and shave all its hair off.
My husband, seeking a solution that didn't involve the terrorizing of small animals, told them that there are such things in the world as hairless cats.
This is a picture of a hairless cat. Isn't this the freakiest looking thing you've ever seen? Yet, in light of the fact that it "seems" to be the perfect solution to the dilemma, my children have decided they want one.
They've even discussed making it clothes to wear so it won't get cold.
I've been willing to make all sorts of compromises with them. I've even told them they could have a pet rat. Is that ideal -- well, of course not, it's a rat. But I'd rather go there than the hairless cat route.
Right now a pet really isn't an option anyway. We're in a trailer, plus I just don't have time to add one more thing to our plates. The goal, however, is to buy a house within the next two years and when that time comes, we're going to have to have a serious talk. No, not the birds and bees -- the no hairless cat talk. I think I might even prefer the birds and bees to the dismay I'm sure the no hairless cat talk will bring.
But a mom's got to do what a mom's got to do.