The responsibility of being a cat owner
Cats are often seen as one of the easiest pets to look after. Unlike dogs, they are very independent animals and can be left while you go to work all day. If you have a cat flap installed they can even come and go as they please, but be aware of proximity to roads and traffic.
However, like any animal, they do come with a lot of responsibility. All cat owners will tell you it isn’t always easy looking after your feline friend. Sometimes they will bring you the prey they have hunted! Below you’ll find out everything you need to know before you decide whether or not you are ready for a cat.
What every cat needs
There are a number of things that your cat needs and it is your responsibility to ensure these needs are met. Looking after a cat requires; money, time, and perhaps most importantly – care.
Even if you choose to adopt your cat from a shelter, there are still numerous costs that are involved. Accessories and food are just two things you will need. However, what about vet costs and pet insurance? Would you be able to afford a large unexpected vets bill? If not, insurance is a valuable thing to have.
Whilst cat owners can get away with spending less time with their pet than they would with a dog, cats do still need some of your time. They may be independent but that doesn’t mean they don’t need attention. In order to keep them happy you need to spend quality time each day showing affection and generally caring for them.
They also need to be groomed so this will take up additional time. The type of cat you own will determine how much time you need to spend grooming them.
If you need to go away on short notice, you will need to have a backup plan to ensure your cat is cared for in your absence. Catteries can be expensive – so having somebody who is available to look after your cat if needed is a good idea.
How to choose a cat
There are a lot of different cats available and it is important you choose the right one to fit your home and lifestyle.
Kittens are the most obvious choice as they are playful, cute and you can raise them and develop a strong bond. However, they are also harder to look after than an adult cat.
Be sure you have the time and the patience to invest in a kitten. An adult cat could be a better option if you don’t want to go through the stressful phase of litter-box training.
There are many things you need to think about before buying a cat and as with any pet, you should never get one on a whim. Think carefully about whether you have the time and the money to properly care for a cat.