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Saturday, December 16, 2006

I think I'll get a cat. How to go about it? I bet a few of my legion of readers are catowners and could advise me. My coworker J.E. is a serial catowner and has simply relied on strays to show up at his doorstep. I haven't seen any unowned cats hanging around my place, but perhaps that's because my neighbor's cats have staked out the territory. On the other hand, I'm hesitant to spend money on one only to find out that it's temperamentally unfriendly.

In other news, I applied for that teaching job in Japan that J.E. used to hold. He thinks I have a couple of things going for me. First, the company seems to like hiring by word of mouth, which is how he got the job himself, and he agreed to write me a letter of introduction to the director. Second, he said the director's homely unmarried daughters have a lot of say in the hiring process and like to keep a "stable" of young single men around.


Blogger Felix said...

College towns frequently have lots of kittens that are "free to good homes" after irresponsible students let their pet get pregnant. If you pick out a kitten that's healthy, freindly and well-socialized, its subsequent personality development will be largely influenced by you. You'll have only yourself to blame if he or she learns to bite fingers in "play", avoid a stinky litterbox, or struggle to escape from unwanted contact.

Bear in mind that if you do get a job overseas, you'll need to figure out what to do with the cat in the meanwhile. There may be awkward requirements for importing animals to the destination country.

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Blogger mak506 said...

Check out You can do some pretty specific searches to find pets who needs homes in shelters and rescue groups near you. I found a great pair of kittens that way last summer. Good luck, and definitely think ahead about what you will do with your new pet if you go to Japan!

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