By thecatlady - 27/02/2013 07:12 - Australia - Kambalda
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I gotta admit, I leave the fans on for my dog while I'm at work. It's the middle of Summer here in Australia and my dog can't really handle the heat, so I'll happily pay extra bills if it means she won't overheat during the day. So I don't think the OP's wife really has an "obsession". It might be a bit more than what most people would do for their pets, but it's nice that she's thinking of their comfort during Summer. Especially since plenty of family pets are known to die during Summer here because they stress out in the heat, get too exhausted, have heart-attacks (this is particularly common in "squash-faced" dogs like pugs), their water dries up, etc. I used to work as a vet assistant and it's amazing how many pets came in during the Summer because they were overheated or dehydrated due to the heat, even though the owners had done nothing wrong. That's just how hot our Summers can be.
If you have to pay through the nose to keep five pussies cool to keep one pussy warm, ya just shut up and do it. Or start learning yoga.
Forget about the air, what about the five cats? I think That may be an obsession in itself.....
If she's so obsessed with cats, she should learn that most cats are heat seekers and prefer to be warm, not cool. She's actually making them less happy keeping an air conditioner on all day.
Talk with her, and try to get it down to one or two cats.. Even Barney Stinson would've given up trying to keep 6 "kittens" satisfied.
#10, And why is five cats too much? There are poeple who have five kids too. When they adopted the cats, they became responsible for their well being and lives. It would be stupid and wrong to just give them away, especially to a shelter. I really hope you dont have any pets or plan to get any. You clearly don't see them as anything else than a part of the furniture.
I never referred to the price of the ac, simply because as long as they have pets they are responsible for their well-being and shouldn't even mutter about the cost of it. And I'm sorry my thoughts differs from yours, but it is much easier for me to understand people having 5 kids then a couple having 5 cats.
At least cats are social, loving creatures that are always glad to see you when you come home... Oh, wait....never mind...
Cats just show affection in more subtle ways than dogs. For example, did you know that when a cat looks at you and closes his eyes very slowly, he's telling you he loves you? That sign of affection gets lost in translation a lot more easily than shaking with excitement and licking your face.
My cats greet me at the door when I get home just like my dog does when I visit my parents, and they usually follow me around to be in whatever room I'm in (which is actually more than my dog does). Cats in general are not anti-social, they just aren't always as in-your-face with their affections as dogs tend to be. Generally speaking, I prefer dogs, but cats can be pretty great too if you give them a chance.
48, AFAIK it doesn't mean it loves you but "I pose no threat to you and do not want to fight with you". Looking directly into eye is aggressive behavior. Half-closed eyes mean "chill out I'm in peaceful mood". They do display affection, though - by rubbing against you (they mark you as "their" human this way), "headbutting" you, etc.
it doesn't even matter that there's five cats, its the fact that the air is left on for hours for them. that's not necessary just leave them water and they'll be fine.