Students find new roommates quarantined at pet store – The Minnesota Daily


Some students add a chat to their midlife group after wanting more emotional support in their lives during these difficult times.

Katherine Schmid and their cat Lila. Photo courtesy of Katherine Schmid.

He feels lonely sitting at home in your room on Zoom all day. After moving into their home this fall, the students and their roommates began to consider adding a little companion to the mix – and cats seem to do the trick.

Students who were considering adopting a cat while in their 40s, or who weren’t sure when the right time would come in their college careers, found it was the perfect time to adopt a four-legged friend.

Mary Tan, public relations manager for the Minnesota Animal Humane Society, has seen people of all ages adopt pets more frequently this year.

“Everyone wants a pet at this point to keep them company during the pandemic, and students are no exception,” Tan said.

Gaby Kauls, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, was looking for a companion to share her quarantine days with at home.

“I wanted a companion. Someone to care for and to cuddle, ”Kauls said. “Now that I’ve moved into my first apartment, I’m like, ‘Okay. We need a cat.

Gaby Kauls with her kitten, Yuki.  Photo courtesy of Gaby Kauls.
Gaby Kauls with her kitten, Yuki. Photo courtesy of Gaby Kauls.

She adopted her 5-month-old kitten, Yuki, in October from a farm in Wisconsin. Kauls initially found the kitten adoption list on Craigslist, then drove over an hour to pick up her new cat. She chose Yuki because he was a bit older than the other kittens and Kauls saw that the bigger cats on the farm were less likely to be adopted because everyone came for the kittens.

Growing up, her family always had a cat, so the lifestyle of cat owners was nothing new to Kauls. The two now sleep together every night and are learning to adjust to their new morning routine. For Kauls, that means getting up when she is still half asleep to feed Yuki.

Fourth-year student Katherine Schmid has not had a cat since she was a child. Their family adopted a new kitten, Lila, from one of Schmid’s roommate’s family members. For the past month, Lila’s presence to keep them company has rekindled Schmid’s love for cats.

As a parent of plants, Schmid is no stranger to caring for living things, but says caring for a cat has been a bit of a change.

“I have a lot of plants and stuff, but it’s not the same as a real animal,” Schmid said. “It’s very different. In a good way.”

Monica Algopera, a third year student at the University of Minnesota, grew up with dogs but considers herself a “cat person”. She and her roommate have been considering adopting a cat for a few months.

“During quarantine, it would be really nice to have a pet. It gets pretty lonely and having a pet would be super cool, ”said Algopera.

Algopera and her roommate take their time looking for a hypoallergenic cat. Local shelters can’t always tell if a cat is hypoallergenic or not, so it’s more difficult for people to research Humane Society’s hypoallergenic cats.

Another big draw for Algopera and many other busy college students is that cats are generally less maintenance animals than dogs.

“With cats, you just have to feed them and make sure they don’t die.”


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