How Can I Convince My Parents To Get Me A Cat?

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Tell them that it will improve your studies because you will finish your homework first thing so you have more time to take care of the cat. Record down these prices and try to get the money somehow. This will make your parents see your responsibility:

Cat: $90 (from humane society)
vaccinations: $110
spray/neuter: $100
food: $96 (for a year, around 8 per month)
accessories: $20
vet check ups: (prices vary)
declawing: (prices vary, and this may not be the best choice)

the total price is about $460-$500, (but these prices may vary)
this may be hard to get, but first, save up enough for the cat, the vaccines, the surgeries, and the food. Accessories are easier to buy, so before you get the money for the cat,   earn money for a scratching post, food/water bowls, and a bed.

The best ways to earn money are:
Lemonade stands
bake sales
lawn mowing (not the best idea if you have allergies)
craft selling
hard chores at home (bargain with your parents)
weeding (again, not the best idea if you have allergies)
babysitting (you have to know cpr and managing impatient children for this one)

hope my info helped ^^
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You should prove that you are responsible enough. First talk it out. If your parents suddenly give up and trust you for a pet then this must have worked. If they sigh heavily throughout the discussion and end it with a firm NO, then show them some pictures of the pet you have chosen on the internet - make them cute - and they'll soon see how adorable your pet is going to come out. If they still disagree then talk to a nice friend or neighbour about the responsibilities of keeping a cat. You can point out some of the stuff for example... What you're going to do when you are on holiday, or when you live in a small flat with no garden, or the vaccinations are very over-priced.... That sort of thing. Your parents will soon see reason. They might give up at this point but some don't. Most moms are worried about the cleaniness and sometimes compare dogs to cats thinking that they are as messy but you will say that you are going to use a specific room in the house which is going to be for the cat so as long as the cat is using the room then there will be nothing to worry about, because you will be the one cleaning the room. Point this out. If this doesn't work then take your parents to an animal shelter and choose a cat. If your parents say no then plead. They will not shout as it is a public place and they will also realize how far you have come so they will eventually give in... Hope this helped!
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Anonymous answered
Well, you could write a persuasive essay- that's how I got my dog :)
you could write a speech about what great parents they are to have let you get pets in the past
you could make a deal, like "I'll clean my room every week for 3 months if you let me get it"
it really all depends on your parents reasons to deny your request.
If there strict, you need to try really hard. If they hate cats, show them pics of the cutest cats ever! Also, you could find a cat that would be put to sleep if no1 adopts it- they can't say no to that! But whatever you do- don't be a spoiled brat. Don't throw hissy fits. That will get you nowhere. And build trust and responsibility by not lying to your parents and being "good" for awhile.
Hope this helps :)
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Christine NZ answered
Learn everything you need to know about looking after a cat, and ensure your parents you are capable and willing to look after the cat, providing every comfort it deserves, right food and drink, toys and bedding, love and cuddles, veterinary care (vaccinations, defleaing, worming and de-sexing), and show them you mean it. Look for a job so that you can afford these things and it will help show your parents you're serious. Remember ~ a cat is a lifetime commitment ~ one of love and care for the next 16 + years. All the best!
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Anonymous answered
I'm also trying to get a cat.The Best way to get your parents to get a cat are that your parents know that you can take care of a cat.You have the money for it.You have the time to spend with your cat.If you have a dog or any other pets you know that pet will get along with the cat.Also show that you are responsible.think to your self ,Can I Take care of it?,Am I responsible?,Will it get along with my other pets?Do I have the money for it?Do I have the time to play with it?.Also if your parents feel that your not ready for a cat try again later.Adopt from a shelter DO NOT BUY FORM A PET SHOP what ever you do!
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Susan Bohl answered
You might also try to get them to take you to the humane society.  There are many cats and kittens there, at this time of year, and you could remind them that if they adopted a cat or kitten, they'd be saving a life.  It also wouldn't hurt to step up and do extra chores and things around the house, it may show them that you could be responsible for taking care of the cat.  Just remember though, it is a big responsibility to take care of another living being.  So, if you're up to the challenge, try what you can to get a kitty.  
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Anonymous answered
I wrote a persuasive essay and now dad says maybe instead of no.... *sighs*
I don't seem to be getting anywhere fast though.... I'm going to try a power point next...
Wish me luck....
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Anonymous answered
I'm in the same position too I'm 14 years old and I even made a 13 page presentation but its still no can anyone help
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Anonymous answered
I got my cat Mickery by telling my parents EVERYTHING good about em' and EVERYTHING bad 'bout em. I ended up with MORE good stuff.
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Stella seavers answered
I'm also trying to get a cat. And its not working to well. We already have one, but I want a kitten. They are NOT a hard to take care of. Once we have, 6 cats, 2 fish, 2 rabbits, and a parrot. But now we have 1 cat, 1 dog, 1 fish, 1 rabbit, and 1 parrot. Nothing is working right now. But I have a idea. Next time you go shopping, go in the pet department, look at the cat stuff. Kind of day-dream.  And then start talking about your 'future' cat. Tell your parents what you'll buy it. Maybe then they will realize how much you want the cat.
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I REALLY want a cat aswell but my dad says ''Okay.'' But my mom says ''NO!'' We had a cat when I was about 1-3 and we moved to Ireland so we had to give the cat to a friend. But my mom was fed up with that cat because It scratched furniture, It's hair fell everywhere. But I'm going to try to write a speech or something and tell her that I'll buy a scratching post and groom her everyday. But my moms strict so I bet she'll just get really mad at me. I REALLY want one but we have a dog aswell but he's always outside and I'll even say ''I'll still love charlie (My dog) too!!! I'll take him for walks everyday and feed him and wash his bowl If It's dirty.'' But I really don't know If It'll Work..
HELP!
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Anonymous answered
I also am going through the same problem. I'm begging my mom right now and giving her information about cats. My sister is allergic to cats, so I have a big problem. I'm giving my mom info about hypoallergenic cats, and everything. But first, take a look of how your room looks or how responsible you are. Do you really deserve a cat? Maybe start buying your parents gifts, that might work too:)
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Paige Oliveira
Paige Oliveira commented
Hey thank you. I finaly got a cat. I found it at school. The kids at school called her pepper,but i renamed her sassy
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TRISH SPEZIA answered
Just tell them. Tell them you,ll help out around the house.do what your told. And don't push it. Tell them you would like to have a cat.and you'll take care of it. I'm sure they'll give you one. That's how I got my first dog.I was four years old. But I kept my part up. I did what I was told. And I got ginger. My frist dog.I had her for 16 years. I miss her a lot. But know I have two dogs. And there fun to have around. I hope this helps you out. Good luck on getting your cat. Scobby-doo.
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Lisa answered
This may be bad advice, but if you know someone in your neighborhood that has kittens they are giving away free; ask to take one home to show your parents.

They might give in. They might not. It doesn't hurt to try.

Good Luck!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I did every thing you said..it didnt work.. I told them about good's and bad's in a cat..that made it worse!
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I want a White Turkish Angora. Hell I just want a cat any cat! Old, young, anything! But I can't. I live with my mom whom was mulled by a cat when she was seven. But we've had two cats before. I can't get her to let me have a cat. I have a job and will pay for everything. I live upstairs so she never has to see it. I love to pet, groom, and feed animals. I'll get a girl so she doesn't have to worry about it spraying all over. I'll let her pick the cat so she feels comfy with it. I've tried everything but she wont budge. :( I want a cat so bad I cry sometimes. I want one so bad because I actually have a little dog but my grandmother wont let me even touch her and she was for me because I'm alone a lot. And we have three rabbits but they don't play and don't like to be out of their cages. I brush them and feed them and clean their cage three times a week! Because I want them to be happy. And I have so much time for a cat. I wouldn't feel lonely anymore and I could let a cat on my bed because it doesn't leave presents every five seconds like my rabbits do. My friend has 3 cats 4 dogs 24 fish and 2 snakes. I help her take care of them all the time because I pretend and wish they were mine. :( I just want a cat
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That truly is a dilemma for you. I love cats, and have 4 of them, I can't imaging my life without them. Ask them to take you to the pet shop so you can at least look at them. They might get there and decide that a kitten is cute enough for you to get one. It's an idea, hope this helps, good luck.
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Sue Gill answered
You need to all have a calm discussion. How well do you take care of yourself your room etc--how reponsible are you they are a big responsibilty--your parents probably don't want any added jobs. Are you capable of feeding, changing litter etc for a cat--if price is an issue somethings people give kitten away for free or try your local pound--not free but usually reasonably price
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Anonymous commented
I know im trying to get a cat right now too ut it aint workin to well. I made a power point when i wanted to get a hamster and it worked, so maybe it would work for you......(tried it on parent and it didn't work, but u never know)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Wow I have that prob to I'm 12 and my friend's grandparents found 2 stray cats and one died because somethin killed it so I really want the kitten but my parents will say n o and my friends says she can't find anyone to keep it and her grandparents don't want to pet cat and her mom doesnt either because their trin to get rid of the 1 they already have:(
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Anonymous answered
Find out exactly why they arent keen and tell them that their are ways around it like if its really expensive offer to pay parts of it, or if its that you go away a lot say you'll pay as much of the cattery fee's as possible
good luck
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You should go to a website that has adoptable cats on it pick the right one and print it.  Keep it somewhere without telling your parents.  Then they will find it some day and think that she really wants a cat.
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Tell them that if it poop's of the floor you will clean it up okay and you will teach it a lesson...
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Anonymous answered
Maybe your parents are disapproving of a cat for very good reasons.You need to sit down with them to find out.Before you do though,consider the fact that a lot of people are allergic to them...it's not that they don't like them,but some people have serious health issues with them,and all animals will shed hair,even when combed,brushed,and more so ,after bathing .Then there is the clawing ...they will claw furniture,if you don't provide a scratching post for them,and some will still get at the furniture.There are a lot of expenses involved also,and the cost of a veterinarian (for shots,and neuter,and/or spay,is not going to be cheap),then the food and litter,toys etc.,it all adds up.Another factor to consider is,whether or not you own the home your in,or rent...a lot of landlords will not permit pets.What happens to the animal,should you move?(to go off to school?Where are you going to take it if you vacation?(You can "board" them,but ,then again,there's another expense).All of these things should be considered,BEFORE anyone gets a pet.The shelters are full of animals that people "wanted",at one time or another....and now they are tossed away like yesterdays newspaper.So please take the time to be a responsible pet owner...before...you get one.It is a lifelong commitment on your part.
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Anonymous commented
Hello, I have had a cat before, and once she died my dad wanted nothing to do with a cat. I got sick of not having a pet when all my friends had loving pets. Then my dad finnally approved the choice of getting some fish. I had 6 total fish and 4 of them died and now i have 2 fish. Now i am telling my parents that i really want a kitten. I told them that i had full resposibilitys and that i will feed it , and if i forgot to feed it then my cell phone privilges would get taken away. Now i think they are finally letting me get one.
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I have that problem right now! I've tried being responsible, showing my parents ads in the newspaper for free kittens, AND they've taken me to the humane society adoption center a couple of times. I've shown them two cute, loving, and funny kittens, but they STILL say no. I've been at it for two weeks, making my bed, keeping my room clean, and I helped with the garage sale we had. My mom says, 'remember, we're just going to the shelter to look, and we're not bringing one home!' UGH! I'm saving up, but I only have $62.oo. My estimated expense for a cat is at least $250-300 for supplies, and vaccinations, de-worming, and spaying/neutering. I need a lot of help. I've been quiet about getting a kitten but persistent. I've drawn kittens, visited websites about kittens, asked my parents about kittens, just about everything! I've researched kittens, and I know how to litter box train them, keep them from scratching the furniture(most of the time), know everything that they need, too. I know what kind of litter they need, and that dry food is better than wet food. I've even given them a 7-8 page packet telling them how responsible I am and everything I've learned. The answer is still NO! :( none of the other online sources have been good, so if someone comes across this, PLEASE help.
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Ashley Cahill answered
You should sit them down and have a talk!  Well first in order to ask them are you responsible do you take care of your room and if you have any other pets do you take care of them? R you capable of feeding and changing its litter box?  And maybe if you have enough money can you pay for the food and the litter and the litter box? Then they really can't say no because you payed for it and all its supplies!
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tootle smiff answered
Why not volunteer at your local animal shelter? You'll get your fix of cats and learn to care for them at the same time, and your folks will see that you're being responsible - and for yourself, you'll find out if you really do want to have to look after one, without the obligation of owning right away. Good luck!
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Brenda Bevan answered
I read all the answers above, and this is why so many animals are in shelters. Just because they are cute, doesn't mean you should have one. There are issues of cats not using litter boxes, needing spade or neutered, and problems if they are not, clawing of furniture, family going a way on vacation, cost of food, litter and vet bills, yearly shots, odor in the house that is offensive to your family and guests, and much more. Believe it or not, I am a cat breeder. We do not like our kittens ending up at the spca because children are bored with them and they're care. Bravo to your parents!
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Anonymous answered
I have the same dilemma but ive tried every solution because my neighbors cat had kittens and thier are 2 left and if I don't get them the will go to the pound plus I have 100 dollars to spend on anything I want and this is it. My dad and mom wont budge!
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You just start reading about them by your dad and he might start wondering if your responsible for a cat and get one from the pound so your dad wont have to bye it good luck on your cat hope you do my plan because I tried it on my dad and now he changed his noway to a Mabie and he is looking at them for me and I love the plan that I did to him so just please yo use my plan
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jubjub Benjamin answered
I don't know how old you are, but a consult with a 'mental health' professional should do it!! Hey, it worked for me, and pet therapy is a proven remedy for both physical and mental problems. Now the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prevents discrimination of housing and such if you need a pet for physical or mental issues. Even a landlord cannot prevent you from having a therapy animal.(Provided you don't have  a few hundred pets). Just keep it within reason.If you're having problems in school, then this may help your difficulties. I would let you have one, in fact I support you on your quest. Best Wishes...Hope you get a new addition soon.
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Ashley Gyory answered
Ok so I want a cat to but I have to wait another year tell my b-day and I really really wanted a laptop for my b-day but my parents kept saying no I left little hints so I could get a laptop and they kept saying no so the day of my b-day guess what was on the counter a brand new laptop I hope this will work with a kitty too
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Erica Ruggiero answered
I am going through the exact same issue. I really want a cat/kitten but my mom is totally against the idea. I have tryed everything talking to them but they say that they still don't want one. I will just have to try and keep bothering them and also I think I will try to convince them to foster one so they can see how it would be.
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robert newman answered
Well this is how you do that what I did was I snuck the cat in to my room got some litter and food and hide it in my room  then one day just open the door  when  your parents go to work and let the kitten run the house they will come home and think its cute and let you keep it it always works
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Guest with the spaceguy picture, I had a cat. My mom surrendered her. The next day, we missed her too much and went take her back. Sadly, she was already adopted. I got her by asking for a dog 3-4 years. It's not fair because there were a lot of grey tabbies like her. They were only a few years old. My cat was 3 months old when surrendered her.
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Ok i really need a pet i have no pets all of my fish died i had 9 fish i had a bird but it died a long time ago when i was not even born i have two siters they are my big sisters they said they dont want a stupid fish theyb want a kitty cat or a dog or a snake or a bird my mom said no i dad said yes for the kitty so now i dont know what to do can you help me plz?
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live2love answered
I'm trying to get a kitten right now too. So I'm treating it like a project. You have to find out all of the details. Why do you think your parents said no? Try and focus on their arguement and prove them wrong. But you should look at all of the pros and cons to getting a new cat. You need to show your parents that your serious about getting a new cat. Show them how devoted and responsible you are. The only thing I wouldnt recommend is bothering them about it over and over. If you do that, they'll just get angry and he wont listen to what your saying. Good luck! Hope you are able to add a kitten to your family soon! :)
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live2love commented
Oh yeah, some people also try writing essays and that could work too. Or you can be really bold and talk to a local vet
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Anonymous answered
Be responsible and earn money for whatever your cat needs. And since YOU want the cat, tell them that YOU will take care of it and you should mean that. Do whatever you can to convince them. Take them to the humane society to look at kittens. They may feel bad for the kittens and think about adopting one. The best breed for someone with no experience owning a cat is the cymric cat. They are very nice and cute but make sure if you get one, it doesn't look weak because that is a sign of feline osteodystrophy, a fatal bone deforming disorder.
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Bobbi answered
Definitely do not support "pet shops." Please? Go to the nearest animal shelter and save a life! Don't breed and buy while homeless ones die!!!
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Anonymous answered
My cat died a while ago and I have found out some one has kittens
I don't know what I should do ask my mum to get me one
or get one and say a found it.
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Anonymous answered
Oh... I am 13 now and I wanted a cat since I was 5...
I have tried everything... My mom hates cats...
My dad loves cats... And they just will not let me please help.....

And all of you wanting a Cat keep praying to god... He will help
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Anonymous answered
Same prob !
I'm just 12 so I'm Broke :P
I was trying when I was 9..
3 years of hard work :S
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Anonymous answered
I have been in the same boat and I am sixteen...I am doing a lot but some parents just will not budge
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Anonymous answered
I have the same problem. I have been trying for a couple of months now. I have money saved and I am planning on getting a job. My mom said yes but my dad said no I don't know what to do!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Erm! Seriously I have a worsest prob! My mom says yes ad my dad is soooooooooooo stubborn!
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Anonymous answered
If you have a brother or sister, younger or older, get them to want a cat and your parents will say yes. I did this with my older brother and now I'm watching my cat watch seinfeld of a dresser. Oh no she s coming.
TRY IT!
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Hiyaa everyone omggg its sooo annnoying I really want a cat and have beren asking for about 6 monthess
my mum said she don't have a problem with them but my dads sayingg no
its nt fairrrr
wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :(
cn sum1 plzz tell me what to do
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I really want a cat too, you r soooo lucky... I have been wanting one for over 6 years! I tried everything! I begged, I made presentation on the computer and I made a giant board with all the information about them, I made a play, I wrote over 4 essays... I'm also rlly responsible but my mom doesnt want one because she just doesnt like them and my big sister says she's "allergic" but she never got it confirmed with a doctor and she is always upstairs in her room anyways and shes going to college next year... I also have a 1 and a half year old sister
My dad rlly wants a cat too (he loves them!) and my little brother and other sister do too. I don't only wan one because there cute I rlly know how to take care of them and am willing to take the responsibility and pay for the shots, checkups, etc w/ my own money!!  Help me PLEASE! I really want one!
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Lady Light Lily
Lady Light Lily commented
I think that you should just go out and get one. Just because two people in a household of at least 6 don't want a cat, it doesn't mean that the others should suffer for them.

Personally, I find it pretty selfish of your mom to refuse over and over again even though you've tried so hard to convince her, just merely because she doesn't like them, and your sister supposedly is "allergic" for no reason. Also, you have already one parent's permission.

Good luck!! :3


Cheerioz,

Lady Light ~
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Sarah Marcello answered
My dad agrees with my mam and she HATES cats but I'm really loving with animals and wrote a essay still no but my mam shouts at me then I start cryign upstairs but I don't want to and I like cats I really want one because I don't have any friends but my mam says I do and they huff and puff, + I don't kno when there in a good mood because they're very moody and she says were not cat people BUT I AM whine whine *makes a sad cat noise*
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Theres a cat I rilly want that belongs 2 my dads friend. She doesnt want him anymore, and sez if I can't take him then he'll have 2 go in a shelter. My mom isn't sure, but if I can win my stepdad over then ill be able 2 have the cat!!! :D I'm gunna try writing an essay and showing cute pictures

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