What you Should Know: A Few things to Consider Before Getting a Cat

Cats are loving and make excellent companions. They are responsive, friendly and can be very entertaining. Cats are also normally independent enough to be left alone for certain periods of time. But, the acquisition of any new pet requires careful consideration. Are you going to be able to return her affection by providing her with the right amount of attention and everything she needs to be healthy and happy?

Read on to learn about a few important considerations for getting a cat.

Money Issues

First off, you’ll want to check your finances. Cats need more than just food and water; you should expect to pay for annual check-ups at the vet and other maintenance related expenses such as nail-clipping, flea and tick prevention, de-worming and grooming. Your cat will also need to be spayed or neutered.

As felines age, their medical costs can increase as well, so you’ll want to look to the future to determine if you’re in a stable position to provide your cat with a good life-long home.

Living Environment

It’s important to take a close look at where you live to determine if it will be a comfortable, safe living environment for your cat, and one that you’ll still be able to enjoy as well.

If you’re renting, your landlord or property management agency likely has established pet policies. Even if your current place allows pets, having a cat can make it difficult to find another place to rent.

With pets, damage to the carpet, walls, etc. can easily occur no matter how hard you try to prevent it. You should be prepared to pay for any damages, or forfeit more of your security deposit upon move-out.


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