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2016-01-16 21:52:53 Post No. 2039097
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I know it is said that animals reduce anxiety and stress...But I am having the opposite reaction after adopting a cat.
Some background: I work at an animal hospital, am 23, and have never owned a pet before a few days ago. This cat was abandoned at the front door of my workplace almost 5 years ago, before I started working there. He will be 6 in April.
Although he has only been at my house for a few days, I have known the cat for about a year, and we have grown close over my time working at this animal hospital, which is why I thought it might be a good idea to adopt him.
He is a terrific cat...But for some reason I am just unhappy having him around. I used to be happy when he greeted me at work, and I would rub his belly and hug him and all that stuff. But ever since he came home, all I do is think about where he is in my house and what me might be doing or getting into, especially at night. And it's not fun for me...And every time I think I hear a meow, or when he actually does meow from some location in my house, I get nervous and have to investigate, even though it's nothing.
I am thinking about bringing him back to my workplace, where he does have free roam for half the day until he is caged at night. But I know I will feel terrible about that...I feel terrible about this dilemma already...
Has anyone else had a reaction like this to owning a pet for the first time? I love cats and dogs...But I am beginning to think that I am just not psychologically cut-out for ownership...