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Q: how to get my wife to like critters

January 20, 2010 | By Tommy m. | 6 answers | Expired: 1631 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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Gail S.
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Jan 21, 2010

My neighbor didn't like cats until a stray kitten came around daily and he fell in love with that cat. He never had experiences with cats and was sure he hated cats. If your wife has never had pets maybe you need to expose her to them before she will make a final decision. One way would be to visit any of your friends who may have cats. It may take time for this one. Good luck!

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Melwoo
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Jan 21, 2010

I feel for ya. My mother-in-law is okay with dogs and cats, but they must stay outside (no matter what the temp). She doesn't pet them or pay any attention to the ones she has. My father-in-law feeds them (1 dog and 1 cat) and that is it. They don't pet them, brush them... nothing. Why bother having an animal if you don't really want to take care of it. When we visit the dog is just starved for attention. I hope your wife comes around and you get a pet. Do your friends have pets? Maybe having her around other peoples pets will get her used to the idea (for when you do move). Good luck.

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Kris
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Jan 20, 2010

I am afaid I agree with Judy and your wife may never like animals. Wish I had a good solution for you!

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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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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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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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