Yesterday, me and my girlfriend visited a flat that is for sale. Its in the perfect area of the city (located directly beside the “Dobbenwiese” in the most expensive and most beautiful part of the city), has 89m2 and three rooms – perfect for us. But the most perfect was the price – about 98.000€ + about 12% additional fees. Usually in this area of Oldenburg, flats of this size tend to go up to 180.000€. Well it is quite old (1974) but well-preserved and has no shortcomings. The only negative factor: we have two cats, and the flat is on the first floor, with no possibility to let them out. These cats were raised from the handful of fur they once were to the black panther and the sweet cuddly one they are now, and they’re used to going out everyday.
But that offer for the flat is really THAT good. Taking a debt for that money wouldn’t cost more than paying the rent for the flat we’re in now … and its bigger, closer to work, at a beautiful location and then will (sometime) be ours. Friends telling us that we can’t let our life get directed by the needs of a cat. The decision had to be made, and such opportunities don’t come often. So we agreed on taking it and trying to keep the cats on the first floor, or giving them away to a friend if that wouldn’t work out. But in fact we knew, that it really wouldn’t work out and those cats would have to go away most possibly. And at least Azrael (the big black one) isn’t too cooperative when it comes to new locations. Poldi (the smaller one, definitely the most cuddly cat I know) could maybe stay inside, but he would be happy then and the balcony in the new flat would also be a danger as he’s not very dexterously.
When I awoke today, Azrael was already waiting on the balcony to get inside. He came in, miaowed at me, looked in my eyes and then came up the couch to touch my head with his as he always does as a greeting in the morning. His confidence that I would never let anything happen to him and that I’m just what a family is to humans is in his eyes like always. When Poldi came in later, it was nearly the same scene. It really killed me that I thought about taking that offer. Luckily, my girlfriend felt the same, and now we’re letting the money go and keeping the family together.