10:43, Wed 13 Jun
I got a rabbit for the kids the other Christmas, pretty low maintenance to be honest,

As long as you can dedicate half an hour a week to cleaining it out it shouldn't smell too much,

use scented bedding, all you do is put a litter tray in the hutch and scoop a few sh!tes in there he will never sh!t anywhere else,
10:44, Wed 13 Jun
Cat without a doubt. One of ours is 20 now and a bit raggy and all, but in her day she was a star.

We adopted her during a Cyprus tour as people said cats will keep the snakes out of your garden. I thought that was an urban myth until the wife and kids started screaming "the cats in a fight with a snake". No ordinary snake mind you but a Blunt Nosed Viper, very poisonous.

The rabbit would have been nothing but a bump in the snakes belly!

Don't know if there are many snakes in your part of the world but you can never be too careful!

KRO
10:50, Wed 13 Jun
Tandy
Cats are shit.

Yeh but they clean themselves. Cat hands down.
10:54, Wed 13 Jun
YamYam Blue
Cat without a doubt. One of ours is 20 now and a bit raggy and all, but in her day she was a star.

We adopted her during a Cyprus tour as people said cats will keep the snakes out of your garden. I thought that was an urban myth until the wife and kids started screaming "the cats in a fight with a snake". No ordinary snake mind you but a Blunt Nosed Viper, very poisonous.

The rabbit would have been nothing but a bump in the snakes belly!

Don't know if there are many snakes in your part of the world but you can never be too careful!

KRO
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JCL
11:17, Wed 13 Jun
YamYam Blue
Cat without a doubt. One of ours is 20 now and a bit raggy and all, but in her day she was a star.

We adopted her during a Cyprus tour as people said cats will keep the snakes out of your garden. I thought that was an urban myth until the wife and kids started screaming "the cats in a fight with a snake". No ordinary snake mind you but a Blunt Nosed Viper, very poisonous.

The rabbit would have been nothing but a bump in the snakes belly!

Don't know if there are many snakes in your part of the world but you can never be too careful!

KRO

Hadn’t heard that but does explain a dynamic in my house.

I’m currently looking after a friend’s 8 ft Boa Constrictor, well I say looking after it has been 3 fecking years, and my cat isn’t in the slightest bothered by it. Will go in and watch through the windows of the vivarium quite often.

While my mate was looking after the car while I was away he had them both out I the garden and apparently my cat gave the snake a good slap, multi combo hit to the face.
Snake bottled it and turned away.
Cat >>>> big ass snake
"Don’t hang about here, its decidedly unhealthy"
14:42, Wed 13 Jun
JCL
Thanks everyone. Oh crap I'm more confused than ever now. Next question is: how do I lay down the law and refuse any pets. They've been badgering me for two years now - wearing me down. They even made a Powerpoint presentation about why I should let them have a cat or rabbit with advantages/disadvantages of each, including counter-arguments to my objections.
14:56, Wed 13 Jun
You’re fecked

PS. Get a dog
15:03, Wed 13 Jun
No snakes but I once saw a vile fan
15:07, Wed 13 Jun
Move out to the countryside I have about fifty rabbits in my garden and they have eaten everything I have ever planted the feckers!
15:11, Wed 13 Jun
Let them have a pet you dope.

What's more important to you - Your kids' happiness? Or a bunch of miserable gits on SHA.

I took my kids out to get a hamster about 12 years or so ago because they were pestering. We looked at all shapes and sizes then they decided one of the neighbours was giving away kittens and they wanted a kitten instead.

I don't get on with the bleeder and never really have, but the others like it.

Cats win for me, they take less looking after...if you must have a pet.
15:11, Wed 13 Jun
JCL
Have read this thread with great interest. My conclusion: get a blunt-nosed viper. This will keep the local squirrel and rat population in check.

Alternatively, semi-adopt a local cat, using the odd treat. Some of them are friendlier/more affectionate than others. They seem to treat your garden as their own territory and do their business elsewhere. We have a nice friendly ginger who visits from time to time: has the odd treat, occasionally has a kip on the sofa... no vet bills... no holiday problems. As luck would have it, this particular cat seems to be absolutely cr@p at hunting... good news for the birds, but I wish that it would sink its teeth into the odd squirrel from once in a while.
15:15, Wed 13 Jun
Our cat has never killed anything, it's too much of a coward.

We once had a wounded bird in our garden, I called out the RSPCA and the guy said "Oh, your cat must have attacked it".

I laughed, pointed at our cat quivering up the corner and said "I can assure you that a cat might have attacked it...but there's no way it was ours..."
15:47, Wed 13 Jun
My God , we're talking domestic cats here, not a bloody full grown Bengal Tiger....LOL....as for havoc and trails of destruction, we're likely never to own a Jack Russell or Golden Retriever again

I've got a jack russell, a retriever cross and two cats, it's a mad house!

But cats are badass, mine play fetch, vocally answer to their names and are easily as affectionate as my dogs. They both have thier own distinct personalities.

I've never had a bad cat in my life and have had them for 35+ years.

Had one for 26 years, little fellow grew up with me, I was heart broken when he finally wandered off for the last time.

But as with dogs, you get out what you put in with them. Get a cat but only if you can be arsed and don't value lounging in bed until midday.
23:53, Wed 13 Jun
Cats are well suited to Bluenoses. Like BCFC, cats are complex & unpredictable; not always enjoyable & not always loyal to their fans. You never know where you stand with a cat. And, just when you think they’re rubbish, they go and do something amazing. Like the feline equivalent of winning the League Cup.

Cat loyalty.... My dear mom had a cat that doted on her. Every time she walked (10 mins) to her hairdressers, the cat walked with her. Until she got to the main road. She stopped there, and waited for 2-3 hours until my mom returned, then walked back with her. Did it for years...... as loyal as a true Bluenose.
05:09, Thu 14 Jun
I hated cats from being a young lad and said Id never have a cat. But my mrs came home with one one day a tiny kitten a stray. I wanted him gone but the little fecker came and sat on my chest. I took to him. He's funny as shit he stands up and let's himself out he opens up our bedroom door then goes to patio and opens back door and let's himself out to go for a crap In his tray. The little effer now has started opening the front door as we live in apartment complex hotel style mrs went to get tacos Sunday and he opened the door after she'd left I got out of bed and he was roaming the hallway. :told her she's going to have to start locking the door now with a key D last time he wondered out front he decked off and couldn't get back inside as it's coded block for 5 days. We thought we'd lost him mrs crying every day then one night we heard him out the bedroom window and he was crying like a bitch8-) went down to get him and he was petrified took me a hour to get him indoors he scratched the eff out of me as I enticed him out the bushes with treats it was minus 6 he was shaking like a leaf petrified looking frantically around poor bastard must of been running like shit for 5 days :D coyotes and snakes wild pigs the fecking lot here lads. He was starving and thirsty as shit. Anyway Iwhat im trying to get at is get a cat rabbits are shit kro come on England see ya next season boys