I am currently a level 6 Gnome Bard, and due to some odd circumstances the DM is allowing me to take a new feat. I was considering taking a familiar in order to deliver some of my touch spells during combat as well as generally giving me better access to some skills my bard is lacking in (eg. spot).
My question pertains to the actual acquisition of familiars. According to the prerequisites for Improved Familiar, my character must have the "ability to acquire a new familiar".
My question is that since I could potentially take the feat Obtain Familiar, it could be argued that I am in a position where I could take a new familiar, and thus potentially be able to take Improved Familiar immediately (I meet the other requirements).
Though I sense that this is not in the spirit of the prerequisite, I am wondering if such an argument could be made, since the prerequisite is not completely clear and the text does not expand on the meaning of "must be able to acquire a new familiar".
Since I have been building my bard as a whimsical, witty out-of-combat specialist (mainly focused on diplomacy/bluff), he is lacking in combat. As you can imagine, being able to take an improved familiar immediately could really improve my character build while allowing me to focus in the future more on skills and feats that would improve my character's out-of-combat specialty even more.
So can I take the Improved Familiar feat immediately? If not, how would I be able to take it in the future?
I have yet to discuss this with my DM, and was just curious to know if such an argument could be made.