Sarah and Emily, a couple living with their roommate and her elderly cat, adopt a kitten, causing conflict and forcing Sarah to turn to Reddit for advice on how to deal with the situation.
Hey, All You Cats and Kittens
Sarah and Emily had been living with their roommate for two years, and things had been going pretty well until they decided to adopt a kitten. Their roommate had an elderly cat that was not friendly towards Sarah and Emily, and they had learned to avoid her to prevent any conflict.
They Fell in Love
When Sarah and Emily saw the kitten at the shelter, they fell in love with him and knew they had to bring him home. They had informed their landlord and received his approval, but they knew that their roommate might not be happy about it.
Her Cat Was NOT Friendly
Their roommate had previously mentioned that her cat did not like other cats, so Sarah and Emily had told her that they might want a pet someday, to which she had replied that they would have to revisit the issue if it came up. However, when they brought the kitten home, their roommate was furious with them.
She Wasn’t Listening
Sarah tried to explain that they were allowed to have their own pets as long as the landlord approved, but her roommate was not willing to listen. She accused Sarah and Emily of being unfair to her cat and not considering her feelings.
The Cat Was So Mad
Things only got worse when the elderly cat hissed and swatted at the new kitten, causing Sarah and Emily to ask their roommate to keep her cat in her bedroom. However, their roommate refused, and tensions continued to rise between them.
Was She the Jerk?
Sarah turned to Reddit for advice, asking if she was the jerk for getting a pet despite her roommate’s objections. The responses were mixed, with some people siding with Sarah and others defending the roommate’s cat.
Ignorant and Impulsive
However, the comments helped Sarah realize that she had been ignorant and impulsive. She had never had a pet before and had not done enough research before adopting the kitten. She also realized that her roommate’s cat was just acting like a cat and that she had been unfair to expect her to cater to their needs.
She Decided to Apologize
Sarah decided to apologize to her roommate and try to make things right. She suggested doing a proper introduction between the two cats and keeping the kitten in their room for the time being, while the elderly cat roamed around the apartment.
Her Roommate Forgave Them
To her surprise, her roommate forgave her and was willing to help with the introduction process. She even taught Sarah a little bit about cat body language, which led to her elderly cat sitting in Sarah’s lap and purring.
In the end, Sarah realized that she had been impulsive and inconsiderate, but her roommate was a great person who was willing to forgive her and try to make things work. They were able to live together happily with their respective pets, and Sarah was grateful for the advice and criticism she received on Reddit.
The Internet Responded
This commenter wrote, “The older cat was there first and your roommate warned you that she did not like other cats. Instead of having any kind of conversation, you just brought home a kitten and now expect an elderly cat to be confined to one room for the rest of its life. You are most indeed the jerks here. That cat deserves to live out her life in peace and if you want to keep your kitten, you better go find somewhere else to live. Your roommate has every right to be angry and you are out of line.”
More Internet Comments
Another person commented, “I’d also bet money that they lied on their application at the shelter and either claimed there were no other pets in the house, or that the other cat in the house was good with other cats. I can’t imagine a shelter looking at this situation and thinking it would make for a good placement.”
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