Should have gone with "Kamloops" as your mythical kitty's name. As in Kamloops, the Krazy Kitty!
Not all cats are small - we have one who can stand with his back paws on the ground and his front paws on the kitchen work surface (before he gets yelled at...)
At least it's an imaginary cat. It's hard to compete with Yuko Ohta's Johnny Wander's cats. Now let's go on an adventure pega-cat!
An imaginary cat is the best kind :-)
Just kiddin? Come on, we need at least a few comics with Flitzybon! He/she is so cute!
Cats are small and do not require constant attention. We have two in an 800ft^2 apartment and they entertain each other and do pillow impressions most of the day. It would have to be a VERY small condo.
Right - let me tell you the downsides to this - based on the last 18 years experience of it. You can't *guarantee* that cats are going to be small (see previous comment), and believe me, the older they get, the more demanding they get. We used to have two of them, and their idea of 'amusing' each other was for the smaller one to beat the crap out of the larger one! Unfortunately the smaller one got run over; he had far more wanderlust than his larger brother, and no, we didn't replace him... Leaving aside the veterinary bills, they can also be a right pain when it comes to you going away. Fortunately we have a built-in cat sitter available most of the time, but it's still difficult to organise feeding sometimes.
But, you have to add to that climbing up the curtains, ripping up carpets and furniture, throwing up, howling, climbing up you with very sharp claws (painful, that is), refusing not to sleep on you - and snoring, bringing in 'trophies' (still alive sometimes, and released to run around the house) expensive inoculations against fleas, and I'm sure there's more.
Basically, all cats have Aspurgers syndrome (dogs have ADHD), and although this can be interesting sometimes, it's the root cause of most of the problems. The funniest thing that ours ever did was both to get spooked by something, and male a run to get out of the catflap, both at the same time, and got stuck in it. It never occurred to anybody to take a picture of this, unfortunately - would have been worth money, that!
Most of that could be ameliorated by adopting a more sedate adult cat or two. Make sure you know what's on the tin rather than risking a kitten. As for trophies, well, don't let 'em outside.
When you are presented with them as kittens, you don't get a choice about that. To be fair, the trophies thing has subsided somewhat now - but just keeping cats inside doesn't seem to be a particularly fair way of treating them, if there are other viable options. We found that the best way of keeping a lid on it was not to let the cats out at night. The remaining one has a room of his own to sleep in at night, and that's completely out of earshot of ours - otherwise we'd be woken up at stupid o'clock every morning by a very insistent feline demanding even *more* food...
Being a cat owner myself, I feel your pain on some of the subjects.
Cats can be demanding and loud and they don't care about what you want or need or feel and so many people have told me time and time again that if I want affection, I should get a dog.
But you know what? I like my space. I don't like having something constantly running around me, begging for attention.
Now chester, my kitty, is a 2 year old tomcat and has the cutest face I have ever seen on a cat. And the little bugger knows it. He can wrap anyone around his paw by just looking at them with those big kitty eyes of his. I call this his "kitten-face", because it really makes him look like a kitten again. This look is his main weapon. It's used as both offence ("I want food") and Defence ("No, I didn't steal your salmon! Honest!"). It takes a LOT of willpower to resist "The Look".
A lot of people think this is manipulative, and I supose it sort of is, but to be fair, people use everything they can to get there way and so do cats. They just have their own methods. But no matter how sneaky or maipulative or inconsiderate they may be at times, l will always choose cats over dogs.
Just last friday, I had a really really rough day. Things got the better of me and I was sitting on the couch, crying my eyes out. It happens.
But Chester, who's not really a cuddle kitty unless he wants to be, came up to me, snuggled in my lap and started rubbling his head in my face, purring like a maniac. It was like he was saying "Don't be sad, momma. I'm here now" and that really made me feel better. (I know he was really saying "Silly human. Why spend all this energy on crying when you could be filling my food dish?", but I prefer my version).
He sat with me for about 5 minutes and then, when I had calmed down and stopped crying, he went on his merry way. And that was just what I needed. So, like I said, they may be sneaky and inconsiderate at times, but I wouldn't trade my little man for anything. They'll come to you when they need you, but also, when you need them.
I think you meant "just kitten"
Cats are demanding, loud, insistent, sometimes very smelly creatures. they're also adorable, loving and relaxful cuties. Its really down to your preference on whether you think the rewards are worth the responsibility. And like all pets they ARE a responsibility.
As kittens they race around, want to play eat and poop. And boy when they poop you want the best air fresheners available. I recommend anything with a good vanilla base. As adults, they sleep (often on you) eat and poop. Though thankfully if you've outdoor cats they poop outdoors and you don't have to deal with it. (its also much less smelly).
And each cat has their own personality and it can be shaped by their upbringing. I know several cats who have been rescued from being feral to be scared or aggressive. And bred in captivity to be friendly bold little things. Though sometimes you get it the other way around, but it is that way in general.
As a whole cats can be left on their own while your at work all day or out doing something, though they do need some attention and feeding when you get up/home. If you take lots of trips out of town or aren't going to be there for a lot of weekends then a pet isn't for you. But if you are there most weekends and at nights cats can be rewarding. But then I'm 3 or 4th generation cat lover and owner so maybe i'm a little biased