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So I'm going off to college next fall. I'm hoping to be living in an apartment a few hours away. I got my cat, Rudolf <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">(Rudy) when I was six or seven and we have grown very close over the years. I can't leave my house without saying goodbye to him and he wakes up and greets me everytime i get home, followed by him making me carry him around for hours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">. During the day when I'm at school my mom says he'll go in my hamper or find some of my clothes to roll around in because it smells like me. He has even mastered opening my bedroom door so he can sleep with me everynight. I always thought I would take him to college with me when I was younger, but about five years ago he was hit by a car, he was ok hes just skidish now and i think its slowly getting better. So I'm not sure if I should take him or not. He would have a fine home here with my parents but I know that animals get really depressed when there not wth their owners and its really sad. With his skidishness i dont know how he'll do with the move. I guess it will depend if the apartment will acept animals and about my roommate...any anything?
 

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If he goes with you I would worry about whether you'll have time to spend with him. Will he just be sitting alone in the apartment all day while your at school and working, and at night when you go out with the new friends you'll be making?
 

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I've been worrying about the exact same thing lately, and I'm not sure whether or not my baby will be going with me. I'll be interested to see what advice people give.
 

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I'm not entirely sure that it's a good idea, but it would really depend on your situation. I know when I was in college, I wouldn't have been able to afford cat food, litter, and vet bills (emergencies can get really expensive very quickly) on top of rent, tutition and food for myself (or rather, i could have, but then I would have been working so much, I wouldn't have had time to be at home studying). So, take a good look at your finances, and make the decision from there.
 

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I think you should leave him at home, for his own health. At home, he has your parents to see day in and day out, and is familiar with the surroundings. In college, you are going to be constantly on the go, your roommates will be going in and out of the house, your hours are going to be erratic - it will stress the kitty out. Also, he might escape, feeling confused, and look for your old house. I think you'd feel awful if that happened.<br><br><br><br>
Also, a surprising number of people are very allergic to cats. You might have a roommate who is allergic, which would make this decision for you.<br><br><br><br>
When you're in college, you have a lot of things on your mind/schedule. Worrying about your depressed/sick/lost kitty is not one you need to add to the list.<br><br><br><br>
Most people when they go to college do not have the option of bringing their pets, if they stay in a dorm. So what you are feeling, the fear of missing your pet, is normal, and you'll both go through a period when you adjust.
 

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The average college student's apartment is not a great place for a pet. He'll very likely have to put up with long periods of being alone punctuated by brief periods where lots of strangers come and go and make a lot of noise.<br><br><br><br>
Also, plenty of college students barely have the finances to feed themselves, let alone feed a pet a good quality food. Rudy deserves better than an empty apartment and the cheapest brand of cat food.<br><br><br><br>
Finally, cats tend to be very routine-bound creatures anyway. Adapting to a new home will be even harder for Rudy because he's become so skittish.<br><br><br><br>
I suggest letting him stay in his current situation unless it's obvious that being separated from you is even more stressful for him than all of the above.
 

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I'd say it depends on your situation. Cats are usually remarkably adaptable, and I guess yours is going to have to adapt, either to a new place or to you not being there. I guess the question is which he'll deal with better, or easier, and how you'll be without him. After I moved out of home I left my cat with my parents because she wasn't used to living in town and I didn't want her to get run over or wander off. She's now claimed my Dad as her own personal property, so that turned out ok. However I wasn't so good without her, I started getting really depressed and eventually my bf said that I would have to get another cat for the sake of my sanity.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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Has your cat always lived in the same house? My cats have always seemed to do OK with moving as long as they're with me. One of my cats is scared of people she doesn't know, and when I moved a couple years ago she hid under chairs and the bed for the first week, but after that she was fine.<br><br><br><br>
Also, when I was in college my cat didn't like having me gone, but she was with my parents and sisters and did OK. We're really glad to be together now, though.<br><br><br><br>
I guess the choice is up to you. If you can find an apartment where you can have your cat, why not try it? If the cat doesn't do well, you can always take him back to live with your parents.
 

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I also think it depends on the situation. Specifically on the following things:<br><br><br><br>
* does your lease allow companion animals?<br><br>
* will you have enough time to spend with him?<br><br>
* will you have a roommate that will respect him?<br><br>
* can you afford to take care of him?<br><br>
* what kind of environment will you provide for him? Will you allow parties in your apartment? Heavy noise? Smoke? etc...<br><br><br><br>
After you are able to answer those for yourself, you should be pointed in the right direction. Maybe you could talk these things over with your parents. Good luck with your decision. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm a freshman in college, and at my school we're required to live in the dorms for the first two years.<br><br>
Which means my 1-year old puppy is at home with my mom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
He went through a phase after I left, where he acted up and got into trouble. He's getting better though, and getting used to a new routine. The first two weeks were the hardest, because I'm sure he thought I was gone forever...<br><br>
Carl (my puppy) is my life, and I'm his. We spent soo much time together- he was like my baby. I miss him a LOT. I visit him a few times a month, and he's always soooo excited to see me.<br><br>
But I really can't imagine having him down here, at least this year. You need time to adjust, and it's stressful enough without having to worry about making sure your cat has enough attention, etc. (Although I'm sure a cat would be much easier than a dog...)<br><br>
So if I were you, I wouldn't bring the kitty down at first. But eventually I think you should <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>DMZdogs</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Bringing my cat with me to university is how I ended up here in Korea. No joke.</div>
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wow that sounds like an intersting story
 
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