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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:14 am
My soon-to-be mother-in-law is an idiot. She asked on the phone, "Hey, do you want to trade my cat for yours?" And yes, she was 100% serious. She's asked this before. Like, straight up, "Can I have your cat?" And every single time we say, "NO. That is a ridiculous question! He's our cat! Stop asking!"

WHO EVEN DOES THAT? Seriously, who just up and asks someone if they can have their pet?!

I swear, this woman is challenged. She doesn't understand that OTHER PEOPLE have bonds with animals just like she does. She thinks, because she loves my cat, that no one else must love him like she does. IDK if she thinks we hide him under the stairwell, or starve him, or what, but she thinks we don't like him.

Ma'am. This cat is our baby. 95% of the night, this cat has been glued to my lap as I've vegetated on the couch or browsed the internet. I love him. Sometimes I get into moods where I hold him and cry because I know he's only got so many years with me. Clearly, I'm not going to give away this cat.

Some people. :l
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:59 am
lol wow, thats pretty weird. ive heard of that with cold blooded animals and poiccket pets, but never a cat.

you do have an adorable cat and i can see she would want a cat that cute. still weird though.  

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:19 am
O.O How odd and rude.. I do hope she'll give up sometime soon.. Cats are not trading cards.. smilies/icon_gonk.gif

I have only done something similar one time, and that was with my brother's turtle. The case was different though.. He clearly wanted nothing to do with it any longer and the turtle was not getting the proper care it needed as a result (it was pretty much being neglected. My brother fed him and that's it. It was like pulling teeth to get him to do a water change (the water would have to have been yellow for several weeks to months before my parents would finally start pushing it, and then my mom did most of the work.. most he did was clean the turtle's shell, my mom did the rest). Heck, they could probably pull his teeth easier than getting him to do the tank maintenance on the turtle's tank.. I asked if I could have the turtle since I cared about it a lot more than he did and he did give the turtle to me with absolutely no problems since he didn't want it anymore anyways (probably too much work to take care of for his lazy self's likings. The only reason he had it in the first place is because he got it from the neighbor. He did want it when he got it). Cases like this is the only way trying to get someone to give up their animal would be an option..  
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:30 pm
I guess I shouldn't be surprised; this is the same lady who went on a screaming rampage after I asked her not to give my rats treats until I figured out their diet. I was trying to switch them over to Oxbow, and they wouldn't eat, so I cut out treats. In her words, "I'll love those rats any damn way I want to!!! This is criminal!!!" Over. Treats.

Guess who isn't getting unsupervised access to the future grandchildren? smilies/icon_lol.gif

I can totally understand asking if someone doesn't want their pet, they're not taking care of it, and they have no interest in taking care of it.

The cat she keeps asking about is the orange one, in the background of my signature. His name is Malcolm, aka Chair. Because Natalie loves to sit on him, hehe.  

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:55 pm
My own mother has done the same thing. She had a very (potentially) dangerous lab mix, that I kept urging her to have put down. He had already bitten someone and tried to go after a few other men. She kept asking to trade my older Aussie for this puppy. Eventually I think she just dropped it at a shelter.  
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:06 pm
She can't be very fond of her own cat if she wants to trade smilies/icon_sad.gif  

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:53 am
Gabrielle_AnimalLuver Wrote:
She can't be very fond of her own cat if she wants to trade smilies/icon_sad.gif


Yeah. :/ He was her cat for something like 8-9 years. Then he was an outdoor cat for awhile. Then he was our cat. Then she wanted him back, since the cats don't get along and she missed him. I'd take him but for two things: one, he was always tormented by my two boy kitties and was never happy (he is soo much happier now); two, we just don't have room for four cats and five litterboxes.  
PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:31 pm
I continually suggest (half seriously) to mum that we trade dogs.
Bella would fit her home/lifestyle way better than Zoe does (Zoe needs more attention, exercise and stimulation than she gets there; Bella would love a home where there's pretty much always somebody home; Saphi and Zoe are BFF's; Saphi and Bella are iffy with each other; Zoe would motivate me to be more active)
I think the thing mum most-dislikes about Bella is that she can be yappy; she just needs some good desensitizing training, though and she wouldn't be such a barker and would be "perfect" for mum and grandpa


It really doesn't help that when we all lived at the old house, Zoe and I just clicked and bonded strongly and I've always felt Bella bonded more to mum than me.
 

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:30 pm
Well, yipes, best watch your animals around her. x-x Sounds difficult.

I had a weird thing like that happen when I was younger with our horse. My mom and I were grooming him on the cross-ties of our boarding stable's aisle. This girl about 12 or so and her dad were hanging around, I suppose from a lesson, and she just kind of watched our guy for a while. Eventually, she said something about that he was a "pretty horse" or something, so we thanked her. She asked his name, etc. Then she asked if he was for sale.

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What?!

I mean, it's not as weird as your mother-in-law-to-be, but who just outright asks someone if their horse is for sale after seeing him for 30 seconds standing on a cross tie? Needless to say, our guy was and never will be for sale.
 
PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:03 pm
I would say that's strange... and don't leave your cat alone around that woman as she will probably try to take it.  

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:06 pm
Some people are strange o_O

My MiL always thinks I underfeed my fish. I certainly do not. But she's like "Oh they're STARVING!" No, they're goldfish. They think they are ALWAYS hungry. And a betta will beg til it's eyes pop out. They aren't hungry.  
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 6:09 pm
Sachie Whitby Wrote:
I would say that's strange... and don't leave your cat alone around that woman as she will probably try to take it.


Right?!?! So I'm totally not crazy for thinking that exact same thing. I'll grant her that I don't think she ACTUALLY would take my kitty, but I just plain don't like her being around them. She always gets this screeching voice, "HIIIIII MAAALFOOOOYYY [[her nickname for him]]!! HIIIII. HIIIIII. HOW YOU DOING. HOW YOU DOING. YEAH. OH THERE'S YOUR [[my fiance's name]] THERE'S YOUR [[fiance's name]]." uuughhh


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Some people are strange o_O

My MiL always thinks I underfeed my fish. I certainly do not. But she's like "Oh they're STARVING!" No, they're goldfish. They think they are ALWAYS hungry. And a betta will beg til it's eyes pop out. They aren't hungry.


Ahah. Same thing happened to me when we were in her house for 7 months trying to find work. She would always feed him, which led me to feed him less so that he wasn't overfed, which led her to feeding him more... And if I asked her not to she would flip a royal gasket about "animal cruelty" and "underfeeding him".

Well, he was a fully-grown WalMart betta who lived for 3 years under my care before passing of old age. So. I guess I wasn't underfeeding him very much, was I?
 

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:15 pm
Celestial Fireflies Wrote:
Sachie Whitby Wrote:
I would say that's strange... and don't leave your cat alone around that woman as she will probably try to take it.


Right?!?! So I'm totally not crazy for thinking that exact same thing. I'll grant her that I don't think she ACTUALLY would take my kitty, but I just plain don't like her being around them. She always gets this screeching voice, "HIIIIII MAAALFOOOOYYY [[her nickname for him]]!! HIIIII. HIIIIII. HOW YOU DOING. HOW YOU DOING. YEAH. OH THERE'S YOUR [[my fiance's name]] THERE'S YOUR [[fiance's name]]." uuughhh


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Some people are strange o_O

My MiL always thinks I underfeed my fish. I certainly do not. But she's like "Oh they're STARVING!" No, they're goldfish. They think they are ALWAYS hungry. And a betta will beg til it's eyes pop out. They aren't hungry.


Ahah. Same thing happened to me when we were in her house for 7 months trying to find work. She would always feed him, which led me to feed him less so that he wasn't overfed, which led her to feeding him more... And if I asked her not to she would flip a royal gasket about "animal cruelty" and "underfeeding him".

Well, he was a fully-grown WalMart betta who lived for 3 years under my care before passing of old age. So. I guess I wasn't underfeeding him very much, was I?
We are in the exact same boat here. Trying desperately to find jobs but so far no luck >.< So we can only say so much. Sucks butt.  
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