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.

Time Investment

How much time will you be able to spend with your cat? When getting a new pet the idea is to enjoy each other’s company, but this can be hard to do if you’re away from home for the majority of the day. Cats are awake for about 8-9 hours per day and they need plenty of human interaction and activity.

In order to prevent loneliness, it can be a good idea to get two cats to keep each other company.

Cats and Kids

Some cats do get along very well with kids, but others prefer not to be around them. If you are getting a cat for your child, you need to assume that you’ll be the one to care for it, no matter the arrangement you’ve established.

As with any pet, any interaction between your cat and your child must be closely supervised, especially in the beginning.

Other Pets

If you have a dog or another cat already, you’ll need to research best practices for introducing your pets to each other. It’s also important to consider how your current pets interact with new cats.  A cat or dog that is used to being an ‘only pet’ may have a hard time adjusting to your new addition.

This article was contributed by Only4Pets.co.uk, where you can find all pet products and expert advice on all things pet-related. 

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