You will be taking on a number of commitments if you bring a cat into your home.
- Money – A good rule of thumb when thinking of adding any pet to the household is: If you need to think about how much the animal costs, you can’t afford to take care of it. Cats need regular veterinary care on top of the kittenhood de-worming, de-sexing, and vaccinations. The costs of cat food, toys, litter, cleaning products, scratching posts, pet carrier, bedding, and parasite control will add up quickly.
- Time and attention – The idea that cats are solitary is a myth. Pet cats need your attention and playtime. Unlike many animals, cats can adjust their schedules day or night to fit yours, which makes it easier to give them attention even if you have a busy workday. Can you devote an hour a day to playing and cuddling? Yes? You’re good to go.
- Space – A pet cat doesn’t need much room to be healthy, it’s true. Cat-trees extend the territory upward, allowing an active indoors-only cat to exercise and play in the smallest loft apartments and recreational vehicles. You will need to figure out how to fit the cat-trees and litter pan in your house, but it can be done.
- Care – There are many pet cats who never visit the vet and who are left to their own devices when their owners are away for the weekends. And they suffer for it. These cats tend to die young, often of simple dehydration on a hot weekend or of diseases that are easy to prevent or treat. Be prepared to make arrangements for your pet’s care and health.
- Future plans – Any plans for moving, changing jobs, and so on must take kitty into account.