Are you thinking about adopting a cat? If you are, keep in mind that having a pet is a big responsibility. It’s important to take the time to think it over before you start the adoption process.
While cats do not require as much attention as their canine counterparts, they still need regular care from their owners. Not to mention, cats can live up to twenty years. Think about the life changes you’ll go through in the next twenty years. You might move several times, start a new job, marry, or have children. If your circumstances change, will you still be able to care for your pet?
Why Adopt a Cat?
Cats are affectionate, laid-back, and playful creatures. They are known for their sense of independence, but also for their sensitivity. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, you should first make sure that everyone in your household is ready to accept a cat. Cat allergies are common, and it can be uncomfortable sharing a space with a cat if you have an allergy. Remember that although cats are very independent, they also have a specific set of needs that must be met.
The Cost of a Cat
Something most people do not factor in when they decide to adopt is how much it can cost. Both cats and kittens require food, bowls, litter box, cat litter, toys, and treats. You will have to get your cat or kitten spayed or neutered, too, and make sure he or she is all caught up on shots. Veterinary visits can be expensive. You should be able to afford bringing your cat to the vet once a year, and you should have a bit of money set aside in case of an emergency.
Adopting a Kitten
Everyone goes gaga for kittens, but before you choose a kitten over a cat, remember that kittens may require substantially more attention compared to cats. They’re more playful and adventurous, which can occasionally translate to more veterinary visits, especially when accidents arrive. Kittens also require training. They will need to be made to understand what is expected of them regarding the litter box and staying off counters or not eating human food. Kittens are usually not the best choice for families with young children.
Preparing For Your Cat’s Arrival
If everyone in your household is on board with getting a cat, you can start preparing for the cat’s arrival. Divvy up the tasks that will need to be done after the cat arrives: litter changing, grooming, and feeding. Make sure everyone is prepared to do their part to take care of your new furry family member.
Remember that cats are territorial, and moving can be a traumatic experience for them. It’s normal for cats to hide for the first few days or even weeks after they arrive in a new home. You can make it less stressful for your new cat by providing her with a small area, such as a bathroom or laundry room, to call her own for the first few days. You should make sure everything your cat needs is within reach.
Spend time with your cat during the first few days, but don’t expect your cat to be overly friendly right away. Instead, give your cat the time she needs to adjust.