Can you have cats as a nurse? - page 2

I want to be an RN, I've done so much research and I'm sure it's the perfect job for me. I'm just wondering if I can do that while having my cats. It seems like it would be fine considering that I've... Read More

  1. by   ICUman
    Cats mostly use people to get their paws on food. Not even affectionate, or learn tricks. Just sleep, and eat.

    Dogs are so much more enjoyable. And they chase cats! That's a nice perk.
  2. by   Munch
    Quote from brownbook
    I just spewed water all over my keyboard. I don't even care if this post is a troll, I love it.

    Honestly I thought it was going to be about patients being allergic to cats, and the poster was worried about having cat hairs on her clothing. I am so gullible.

    My cat even broke my cell phone, sad but true, too long a story to post here. I had to go to therapy afterwards. .
    That's what I thought this post was going to be about! Lol I have 3 cats and they are big, fat lazy and most of all happy. Its not like a dog where they need to be walked and stuff. That's what litterboxes are for. That being said having a dog and kids as others have said is doable too!
  3. by   dream'n
    Ok dog lovers, I'm going to show one of my pet peeves. I know most people are kidding, but talking negatively about cats really upsets me. My cats are my fur babies and I love them just as much as you love your dogs. I worked with a nurse once that worshiped her dog but spoke about how she should of "run over the cat that ran in front of my car this morning." I became very angry with her and wondered how she would have felt if I had said the same type of thing about a dog. Someone on here mentioned that dogs are good because they chase cats, well that really sucks. My cat was killed by a frickin' dog several years ago and it hurts me the same way as it would to someone with a beloved dog that was brutally attached and killed. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but the crap talk about cats pushes my buttons. If cats aren't your thing, fine. But stop saying hateful things about them.
  4. by   nrsang97
    Of course the OP can have a cat and be a nurse. I have a dog and a kid LOL.
  5. by   BCgradnurse
    Quote from RotorRunner
    You can have llamas if you want!
    I wants llamas and goats! I already have cats, a dog, and bunnies. Love the cats, the dog farts too much, and the bunnies are snuggly.
  6. by   pixierose
    Quote from dream'n
    Ok dog lovers, I'm going to show one of my pet peeves. I know most people are kidding, but talking negatively about cats really upsets me. My cats are my fur babies and I love them just as much as you love your dogs. I worked with a nurse once that worshiped her dog but spoke about how she should of "run over the cat that ran in front of my car this morning." I became very angry with her and wondered how she would have felt if I had said the same type of thing about a dog. Someone on here mentioned that dogs are good because they chase cats, well that really sucks. My cat was killed by a frickin' dog several years ago and it hurts me the same way as it would to someone with a beloved dog that was brutally attached and killed. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but the crap talk about cats pushes my buttons. If cats aren't your thing, fine. But stop saying hateful things about them.
    I'm sorry that you feel this way, truly. I'm not seeing any hateful things on this thread, but if I did say something hateful which upset you -- I'm sorry if it did.

    I'm not a big fan of cats -- my grandmothers cat scratched the living heck out of my leg once when I was a kid and I got CSD. God, that cat terrorized me. She was an older cat, not fond of people, and didn't like to be pet on her back. A 6 year old just didn't have a chance - thanks, grandma!

    Haven't been a fan of cats since, and I own one (she's more my husband's cat).

    This thread has definitely gone way off topic -- not that it ever was (c'mon, OP - if you left the cats on vacay you can probably leave them for 12 hours, give or take) ... but I did want to apologize for any bad feelings.
  7. by   maxthecat
    Not only can you have a cat, you can have more than one. In fact it's recommended that if you are going to be away from home at work, that you get 2 cats so they can keep each other company.

    Just make sure they don't climb all over you when you're in uniform. Mine did that and I didn't even think about it until the patient I was admitting said "You have cats, don't you." I said I did and gave him a "why are you asking" look. He noted that "you got fur all over you." And when I looked, I did!
  8. by   Oldmahubbard
    I misunderstood the OP and I was going to say my current 4 cats are mediocre nurses, but in the past I had a cat who would sit beside my head as I lay in bed and watch over me for hours.

    That black cat was a great nurse, and his name was Woodie. He was felled in middle age by hyperthyroidism.

    Still thinking about you and loving you, 13 years later, my beloved friend Woodie.
  9. by   Munch
    Quote from dream'n
    Ok dog lovers, I'm going to show one of my pet peeves. I know most people are kidding, but talking negatively about cats really upsets me. My cats are my fur babies and I love them just as much as you love your dogs. I worked with a nurse once that worshiped her dog but spoke about how she should of "run over the cat that ran in front of my car this morning." I became very angry with her and wondered how she would have felt if I had said the same type of thing about a dog. Someone on here mentioned that dogs are good because they chase cats, well that really sucks. My cat was killed by a frickin' dog several years ago and it hurts me the same way as it would to someone with a beloved dog that was brutally attached and killed. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but the crap talk about cats pushes my buttons. If cats aren't your thing, fine. But stop saying hateful things about them.
    My cats are my babies too! My cats are actually quite affectionate too. My one is my shadow..has to be wherever I am. My other one always rubs against my legs and purrs like a motor. I love all animals in general. But this isn't the place to get into the dog/cat debate.
  10. by   Ruas61
    Get a snake with your cat. It works here.
  11. by   brownbook
    Quote from dream'n
    Ok dog lovers, I'm going to show one of my pet peeves. I know most people are kidding, but talking negatively about cats really upsets me. My cats are my fur babies and I love them just as much as you love your dogs. I worked with a nurse once that worshiped her dog but spoke about how she should of "run over the cat that ran in front of my car this morning." I became very angry with her and wondered how she would have felt if I had said the same type of thing about a dog. Someone on here mentioned that dogs are good because they chase cats, well that really sucks. My cat was killed by a frickin' dog several years ago and it hurts me the same way as it would to someone with a beloved dog that was brutally attached and killed. Perhaps I'm overreacting, but the crap talk about cats pushes my buttons. If cats aren't your thing, fine. But stop saying hateful things about them.
    I appreciate and understand your post. I was recently accused of hijacking a post on a different forum about dogs. I have owned and loved, like a crazy person, 3 pit bulls. In my old age I am not embarrassed to speak out more against the slightest anti pit bull mention. (As you can imagine that keeps me pretty busy.)

    Most of us, myself included, have and love cats.
    Last edit by brownbook on Jan 9
  12. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    I think many nurses have their most successful and fulfilling relationships with cats. Very popular choice so they must go very well with the demands of nursing and the type of folks who do it.
  13. by   SummitRN
    We are talking about cats. I love cats, but they are little furry narcissists so the correct question is, "should cats have me as their human?" If you set appropriate boundaries and expectations, it will be OK

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