Homeownership and Kittens
We recently got a kitten. His name is Charlie. He is a tuxedo cat and has a mustache that favors Charlie Chaplin. He is adorable. And he is a handful. Being a kitten parent can be exhausting. Similarly, being a new homeowner can create many of the same feelings. Here are some sentiments we can have with both:
- House: It’s so cute!
- Kitten: He’s so cute!
- House: I’m in love – let’s get it.
- Kitten: I’m in love – let’s get him.
- House: Wow – this is a lot more work than I anticipated.
- Kitten: Wow – this is a lot more work than I anticipated.
- House: We need to call a plumber.
- Kitten: Time to go to the vet.
- House (at night with mood lighting on): Aaah. (sigh) I am so happy we bought this house.
- Kitten (while sleeping): Awww. (sigh) I am so happy we got him.
Both homeownership and having a kitten are a lot of work. They require constant care. In the same way you wouldn’t neglect a kitten’s health and well-being, you shouldn’t ignore warning signs from your home either. Make sure you are paying attention to what your house needs. A kitten will give you years of love, fun, and entertainment if you treat him right and take care of him. A house will give you years of shelter, a place for fun and entertainment and growth if you treat it right and take care of it.
If you’re not ready for the responsibility or don’t have the financial ability to take on a life (regular vet visits, shots, medicines, food, treats, toys, litter, miscellaneous supplies), don’t get a kitten. And if you’re not ready for the responsibility or don’t have the financial ability to own a home, don’t buy! Insurance costs, maintenance costs, new stuff when needed (appliances, furniture, roof, mechanicals, etc), not to mention the monthly mortgage and tax expense are all things that need to be taken into consideration before sign those papers.
In the long run, if you decide to take the leap with a house OR a kitten, I think you’ll be pleased. You will realize that the sacrifices you make are more than worth it and that you can’t imagine your life without them.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.