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Q: how to get my wife to like critters

January 20, 2010 | By Tommy m. | 6 answers | Expired: 1782 days ago

Tags: cat, wife, hate, love

Tommy m.

My wife HATES cats, I love them well all critters. she says that there is no way not one, that we will ever get a pet. and for the time beging she is right, we live in an appartment so we can't get one, but how can i convince her to not hate cats?

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Kavykeeper
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Jan 20, 2010

Take her to some adoption events and ask which are the friendliest ones. Maybe if she held some of those and saw how sweet they were, she might like them. Did you ever consider and pet that lives in a cage so she doesn't have to have it near her if she doesn't like it?

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Judy T.
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Jan 20, 2010

I'm afraid you can't do anything to get her to like pets, or cats in particular. Sounds like she may have had a bad experience with an animal as a child. Pushing a pet on her may just end up getting it abused or neglected.

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Amber
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Jan 20, 2010

maybe she's had some bad experiences, but i'm all too aware that this is not always the case. as kids my mom would never let us get a cat. i remember asking for a kitten once, being told "no", asking "why?", and then being told "because they grow up to be cats" as if that were a rational, legitimate explanation. but i know "why" my mom hates cats...my mother got it from her mother and just never bothered to question it. things like allergies and bad past experiences are do-able...you can work with that. but getting someone around a completely irrational and unfounded hatred of cats isn't easy. is there perhaps someone in her life (family, coworker, fellow religious congregant, etc.) that she loves and respects who also happens to have a pet cat? their perspective may be helpful.

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