Man Backed for Adopting a Kitten, Despite Roommate Being Allergic


The internet has defended a man for adopting a kitten, despite his roommate being allergic in a new viral post.

A man under the username u/xSaintPablo shared his story to Reddit’s popular r/AmITheA**hole forum in order to get the opinions of others to see if he was in the wrong. The viral post has 6,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

“So I (22M) have always had an almost obsessive desire for a cat, I used to and to a lesser extent still do watch hours’ worth of cat training, tips, and tricks for certain situations and reviews of cat products a week,” the Reddit user began, “But I never could fulfill that childhood dream, as my mother was completely against pets of any kind.”

When he moved out, adopting a kitten of his own was something he really wanted. He consulted with his two roommates to make sure they were okay with having a possible pet in the house. His one roommate was all for it but the other wasn’t. He told the original poster (OP) that he was allergic. As disappointed as he was, he waited to get a pet as he wasn’t going to “hold it against” his roommate who had a cat allergy.

However, the OP described his one roommate as “horrid.” Luckily for the Reddit user, he had announced that he would be moving out and that they wouldn’t see him again after July began. OP confirmed this with him a few times just to make sure.

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The internet has backed a man who adopted a cat, despite his roommate being allergic. The post was published to Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole forum.
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Since he was moving out, the OP could finally get a cat he wanted. He began looking for kittens. Come to his surprise, kittens were very expensive. After a while of looking through many “weird” cat owners, he found the perfect kitten for $100. He began buying everything that is needed to take care of a kitten. He was able to pick up his new furry friend by July 4.

The roommate confronted the OP, saying that he was confused as to why there were many kitten supplies in the house. The roommate called him “inconsiderate” as he was getting a cat and wished he would have consulted him about it.

“I was monumentally confused, so all I said was ‘How is me adopting a kitten any of your business when you will have moved out long before the kitten gets here?'” he wrote.

“He blew up, got pissy, and said that he wasn’t moving out before the end of July instead, and that i just had to cancel my deal with the sweet lady who i bought the kitten from. I told him in no uncertain terms to kindly piss off and that I can’t bend over backward for his whimsy planning. I talked to my landlord, and he is fully on my side of this,” he concluded.

Newsweek reached out to u/xSaintPablo for comment.

Are you in a similar situation? You are looking to adopt a pet but the only thing that is stopping you is a roommate that is allergic? According to roommateexpert.com, it is important to have a conversation and listen to one another’s thoughts and feelings on the topic. If the roommate suffers from severe allergies or other health conditions like asthma, it would be wise to not get a cat until either one of you move out.

If you want to adopt a cat but have a roommate that is allergic, “hypoallergenic” cats produce fewer allergens than other cats do, per petmd.com. However, no cat is 100 percent hypoallergenic. Many people who are allergic to cats are allergic to Fel d1 which is found in cat saliva. Common “Hypoallergenic” cats include the Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, Javanese, Sphynx Cat, Balinese, Russian Blue, and Siberian cats.

Followers of the “AITA” community shared their opinions on the OP’s story, siding with him.

“[Not the a**hole], you planned this out so that you would have the kitten after he moved. He flipped the script on you at practically the last minute, which is not fair. So, he can either stock up on meds, or move out like he was supposed to,” u/Fine_Following_2559 wrote, receiving the top comment with over 9,000 upvotes.

“[Not the a**hole] but for the cats safety please please do not bring it into the house until this housemate is gone,” u/uhuhoneyville warned the OP.

The OP explained in the comment section that the kitten will be locked in a room for a few days so it can get used to the litter box and scratch post. He told everyone commenting that he and his other roommate are home all the time. If a safety issue occurs, the OP will have the cat stay with a friend until the roommate is gone.

U/SpudTicket exclaimed, “[Not the a**hole]. Roommate told you a date he’d be gone. You made sure the kitten would arrive AFTER that date. Not your fault he moved the date without telling you.”

U/TLBizzy said, “[Not the a**hole]. You postponed it until there was an understanding that your roommate was moving out. You go right ahead and get your cat, and it’s his problem not yours that he is not moving out when he said he was.”


Source : https://www.newsweek.com/man-backed-adopting-kitten-despite-roommate-being-allergic-1719141

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