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by Ronald A. Rowe | December 3rd, 2010 | Product reviews

The product I’ll be reviewing this week is the family cat, which we adopted last week from the SPCA. Now I know that technically a cat is not a ‘product’. Except in the very technical sense in which he is the product of a momma cat and a daddy cat. So there’s that.

The point is that compared to anything else that I may have spent $15 on recently, (e.g. two Bey Blades, one round of mini-golf, or half of a game for the Wii), nothing has provided nearly as much enjoyment for the family as our new little kitten, Samoset. SPCA animals score highly over competing purchases in several important ways:

1) Longevity. We’ll probably still have little Sammy fifteen years from now. The Bey Blades will be broken, the mini-golf forgotten, and the Wii replaced with a new-fangled high-tech holographic interface long before then.
2) Simplicity. No instructions required. I don’t have to teach the four-year old how to play kitten. There are no parts to assemble. He even came neutered so there’s no disassembly either.
3) Joy. A video game can’t snuggle up to you in bed on a cold night.
4) Satisfaction. Not many $15 investments come with the added bonus of saving the life of one of God’s creatures.
5) Broad appeal. All family members from my four-year old son to my none-of-your-business-year-old lovely wife enjoy Samoset equally.

I’m strongly opposed to buying purebred pets. There are so many homeless pets in need of homes that we should not be rewarding breeders. Not to mention that most purebreds are high-strung, high-maintenance, and not-so-fun. Mutts like Samoset, on the other hand, tend to be loving faithful companions. Sorry, I’ll step off my soap box now. Check out our sister site at www.feathersfinsandfur.com for more information about pet adoption.

  1. Michele says:

    What a great product for your family! I am the former owner of many pound or rescue cats and dogs. Sadly, I have no pets now as there are too many fur allergies in our house, but I agree that a cat or dog is one of the best things money can buy.

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