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Can you have cats as a nurse?

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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.

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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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My one barn cat thinks I need supervision when I am outside and follows me wherever I am when working in my garden or whatever I am doing. I have one of my housecats who performs the service when I am in the house. Seems my cats know me too well. We also have dogs,horses, and dwarf hamsters.

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Why limit yourself to cats? Cats, dogs, birds, fish, reptiles, rodents, maybe an exotic animal or two. Well, ok maybe not all at once! True story here. When my daughter was little she and a friend were sitting on the couch watching the Disney Movie of the time, one was holding the pet rat and one was holding the pet snake. You can probably guess where this story is going, trust me it wasn't a happy ending for the rat.

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I was working on my bicycle down in the basement just a couple of hours ago. The Blue Kitty was there and as I turned the bike rightside up, it nearly fell on her. She got so scared, she ran upstairs to mommy (That's what I call Belinda in the Blue Kitty's presence).

Now, the Blue Kitty loves me and we talk often, but right now she wants nothing to do with me. It hurts, but I will deal with it.

Belinda, as a medical nurse, will take care of any physical trauma. I will help the Blue Kitty deal with her PTSD. When she's ready.

See? I related the subject of cats back to nursing so the mods have to keep this thread in general nursing and not move it into oblivion, known as the blue side.

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My housecats do not bother the hamsters (seem to realize that they are pets too,) and do not try to catch the fish either (although they do perch on the tanks and drink fish water - don't ask me why, they have a water dish.) Must be better flavor in the fish water.

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Anyone else read the subject line as if the poster was asking if one could have cats as his or her nurse, not having them as pets, but as taking care of them?

Just me?

Yeah, Mama needs a nap reeaaaaaalll bad.

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I think you can have pretty much any kind of pet as a nurse. My "sister" at work has a 6 foot alligator in her basement (who could make that up). She bought it for her son when he was a kid (32 now) and never had the heart to get rid of it. The closet alligator rescue organization is in Michigan (again who could make this up) and I offered to put him in the back of my truck & drive him there but she said no. I frequently have kidded with her about feeding Alphonso the alligator some stray cats but she only calls me an idiot (I'm truly kidding). Nurses will take anything into their homes and hearts (check out some of the people they marry) even pea-brained reptiles who would eat them given half a chance.

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We started out with cats when we bought our house because we were both working fulltime. Dogs are pack animals; they need companionship, and leaving them home alone all day isn't wise. Those 12-hour shifts are too long for a dog. Cats - on the other hand - can be happy snoozing all day long.

Cats are the perfect pet for a nurse. Not dogs. No. No dogs.

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Cats are awesome. Everyone should have MANY catS

Fixed that for you

-mom of 4 meowers and 1 woofer who also works as a nurse (at one point even including an unexpected 24+ hours shift)

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I have two cats, one dog and a husband and it works out just fine.

I have always had cats and having pets while working as a nurse isn't any different than having pets working in any other type of job.

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