Pet stores, local festivals, and animal shelters often hold adoption events where people have the opportunity to meets kittens and cats in need of a home. Often an adult cat is brought to a shelter after the original owners move and are unable to care for the feline, or sometimes an owner dies or is too ill to continue keeping a pet. As you walk past the corrals of soulful-eyed cats, your heart is touched, yet adopting a cat should not be a knee-jerk reaction. Taking in an animal is a serious responsibility, one that requires much preparation.
Owning a cat vastly differs from taking care of other pets in that cats require different accessories for care. Where a dog owner will train his pet to go outside to relieve himself, cats have litter boxes. Dog owners may not be as concerned about claws doing damage to furniture and clothing, while cat owners may contemplate having their felines declawed. Before you sign those adoption papers, there are a few things to consider first:
Family: How will a family react to a new cat? Of course, bringing home a new family member is a joyous occasion, but a cat must be able to adapt to being around your spouse and children. If there are allergy issues, very small children, or other pets in the home, these are concerns. The addition of a cat could be wonderful, or create conflicts.
Work: Cats are often seen as independent and able to fend for themselves. You might think all you need to do is leave a bowl of kibble in the kitchen and they’re fine. In truth, if you work and end up leaving the cat alone for most of the day you want to be sure it stays out of trouble. If you travel often for work or leisure, weight the options of having a pet at home.
Budget: Food costs money, and so do vet bills. Ask yourself if you’re ready to take on the extra expenses involving in keeping a cat.
xThis article is not meant to discourage anybody from adopting a cat, it’s merely noted that one shouldn’t spontaneously adopt one without thinking it through. Look around your home and check your budget. Prepare your home and get the necessities you need, then determine the best procedure for bringing home your new friend.