The goal of landlords is to make a profit off a basic human need, that of shelter. They don’t like things that subtract from that profit. Children can be destructive, it’s true. Up until 1968 when the law was changed, they could refuse to rent to those with children. No law protects people with dogs and cats. German Shepherds. used for years to support the blind and as support for other handicapped people, can be classed as a vicious breed by someone who knows nothing about dogs, and banned on that unsupported premise. People can be allowed only one pet by people who have no clue that most small dogs and even cats are often less bored and destructive with a companion. So house hunting with cats is not easy.
It is becoming more and more difficult to buy a house and more and more people are forced to rent. Add that to the fact wages have been stagnent for decades, while housing of all kinds has escalated in price and you wind up in a tight spot. Not to mention that houses available now are huge ugly things that actually have a name, “snout houses”. Even though people don’t like such arrangements and many towns have finally come around to doing somethng about it, for decades that was what builders put up. I am one of those who abhore those houses. I also don’t want a house the size of a Walmart superstore, no matter how architecturally magnificent. I also don’t want an apartment. After my last experience, which became a nightmare when the management and ownership changed, I would rather live in a tent in the desert. I don’t want tennis courts and I wouldn’t put my toe in an apartment complex swimming pool. I want quiet, privacy and the ability to decorate the way I want. I also want my cats.
Every year millions pets are turned in to shelters because their owners had to move and could find no new place to live where they could have them. I have no intention of letting this happen to my furry family. Thank goodness I bought my prepper retreat in New Mexico years ago and if all else failed I have a place to go no matter what. I am hoping to soon be able to erect a yurt out there. The picture at right is is from the brochure of the local yurt compay, Fortress Yurts. Not exactly a scratchy Scout tent. Plenty of light and height for bookshelves and the cat trees I fell in love with at the cat show from Furwood Forest. The big thing is having enough windows for the cats and I to enjoy the views and most yurts can have that. Since my cats are indoor only I wouldn’t have to worry too much about wildlife. We get bears wandering into town here, it can be that much worse. It certainly beats paying thousands to support someone else or the unthinkable, life without my cats.