Should I get a cat?

Title says it all really – should I get a cat/kitten?

Reasons for getting cat:

  • Richard is travelling loads and the evenings are long and lonely.
  • Even when he is home, the kids are at school from 7.30 til 4.30 (5.30 Mondays and Fridays) so I spend a lot of alone time.
  • I miss our pets from back home (Funny I didn’t in Singapore at all, but I do here.)

Reasons for not getting a cat:

  • We would have to find someone to look after it when we go away.
  • Finding a vet that we can understand (if we managed in Azerbaijan then I’m sure we can here).
  • Katrine has a hamster and there is aways a chance that the cat will eat him.
  • We already have 2 cats in the UK, being looked after by Richard’s sister (they were too old to travel this far, plus we were doing a double move that was just too complicated)
  • It costs a whole heap of money to take the cat back to the UK – no more quarantine though, which is good news.
  • There is chance that cats make me sneeze (but I am  the one sneezing and I want the cat).

From this the sensible thing is to not get a cat. But still…

So, should I get a cat?


Birthday girl and hamster

Katrine is 8! It was a very early start to open presents (before hair could be brushed).


Unfortunately the pet shop (which is inside the big supermarket Emart) did not open for another 4 hours so it was a long wait. We brought the cage on Friday so it was all ready to go, as you can see, katrine is very excited.


But the wait was worth it. Introducing Hamlet the hamster.


He is a very active wee fella and seems very friendly and happy to be held.


And enjoys exploring.



I had brought a cake mix in Singapore but got the oven settings wrong. Which pleased Katrine enormously as we got to go to Baskin Robins for an ice cream cake.


I was going to make pizza but couldn’t find all the ingredients so we were going to make do with bagel pizza. Except I brought chilli purée rather than tomato! So a quick trip to Pizza Hut ended a very good birthday.