08:52, Wed 13 Jun
Roger the lodger
I had a pet monkey when I was a kid. Some geezer owed my old man money, didn’t have it so he payed him with a monkey.

Thought you said he didnt have any money
08:56, Wed 13 Jun
I've had 8 cats throughout my life and only 1 was a pain in the butt, fortunately she defected next door
08:59, Wed 13 Jun
Don't buy a rabbit. They're destructive, their piss stinks awful, need loads of attention, you have to buy 2 of them and they live a long time (10+ years if looked after).

Cats are equally as vile and also kill baby birds. Their piss probably stinks too.

Get a hamster. Only lasts a few months by which time the kids will have lost interest anyway (tu)
09:01, Wed 13 Jun
Rabbit

Cats are shit and they kill wildlife Plus rabbits don't last long so if the kids get bored you won't have to worry about it for long.
Luckily, the amount of heroin I use is harmless. I inject about once a month on a purely recreational basis. Fine. But what about other people less stable, less educated, less middle-class than me? Builders or blacks for example. If you're one of those, my advice to you is leave well alone. Good luck.
09:04, Wed 13 Jun
Ours lasted over 10 years Legal, kids lost interest within months and I was left looking after them.

Last one only died a few weeks back at the age of approximately 11.
09:07, Wed 13 Jun
10 years is too old for the stew pot.
Luckily, the amount of heroin I use is harmless. I inject about once a month on a purely recreational basis. Fine. But what about other people less stable, less educated, less middle-class than me? Builders or blacks for example. If you're one of those, my advice to you is leave well alone. Good luck.
09:13, Wed 13 Jun
Get a Tortoise. My nan had one for 50 years, and the feckers sleep 6 months of the year (tu)

Plus they only really need lettuce to eat.
Steve Cotterill 2005 'I don't want to give Robbie Blake any praise, but he was superb.'

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JCL
09:37, Wed 13 Jun
Cats all the way.

Have had 4 cats in the last 6 years or so, I do go for elderly/wonky/otherwise unwanted rescue cats.

Everyone has been amazing and friendly, none have smelled, and they don’t ned any specialised equipment as they live in your house, which you already have. All of mine have been mainly indoor cats, although I let them out, but no cat flaps. Decent litter in the litter tray and keep it clean then no bother.

My current cat is brilliant. Doesn’t like being picked up but always trots up to see me when I come home, sleeps on my bed, doesn’t like a closed bathroom door, loves a stroke and head kiss, has never brought me any presents or killed any wildlife, except for the odd spider and fly. I love her to bits and would do serious and permanent damage to anyone who even thought about hurting her.

She does give me a little savage every now and then, nut she is just playing and I like it.

People really under estimate the level of attention and interaction a rabbit needs. As someone else said you should really get 2, you need a big run as they need space, lots of interaction and affection. They are not a stick in a shed and forget about type pet.

Before I first got a cat we looked at a guinea pig, but realised they also need more set up, costs and hassle than a cat.

In short get a cat. But get a rescue cat!
"Don’t hang about here, its decidedly unhealthy"
09:50, Wed 13 Jun
With the dog?
09:51, Wed 13 Jun
Depends what you like in your curry.
09:59, Wed 13 Jun
A cat is probably going to kill half the bird population in your garden. Don't get one
10:42, Wed 13 Jun
Newbs
A cat is probably going to kill half the bird population in your garden. Don't get one

I don't care for birds. They sh1t on my car everyday. So my cats can do what they like. Who cares if a few starlings are accounted for. Flying rats.
Steve Cotterill 2005 'I don't want to give Robbie Blake any praise, but he was superb.'

@1981marc
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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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