Do you long for a pet in your house? Do you want to cuddle on the couch with your furry friend, but you’re more of a cat person? When it comes to dogs, responsibilities are quite clear to most of the people, but in the case of cats, people tend to expect very different things – some appreciate their independence, others want to hug them all the time. Yes, it’s a fact that cats are more independent than dogs, but it’s not like you don’t have to take care of them and they’ll be fine. They still need a lot of love and attention to develop properly, so remember to really think this decision through. What are the things you should consider before getting a cat?
Think about how having a cat in your house will change it. Are you ready to make peace with scratched furniture or cat hair on every surface? How much time will you be able to commit? Even though cats may not seem as interested in you as dogs, they still need quality time together. Consider if you have the time for such a commitment; do you work a lot? How often do you travel? If you’re rarely home, you probably shouldn’t take on any more responsibilities. There are things that may be helpful with some duties, e.g. if you replace a regular litter box with the automatic litter robot 3, you won’t have to worry about the smell or the fact that it will be too full for the cat to use it; the robot cleans itself and all you need to do is take out the trash once a week instead of emptying it daily. But nothing could replace the attention that only you can give to your cat – take it into consideration. Besides, think if you’re ready for a long-time commitment; cats may not have 9 lives in reality, but they still can live up to 15-20 years, sometimes even longer, and it’s extremely stressful for them to change owners or houses.
You don’t have to earn a lot to have a cat, but you still need money to buy food, toys or litter and these are just everyday expenses. Additionally, you have to deal with your cat’s health, especially if you decide to get a kitten or a cat from a shelter – deworming, neutering, vaccinations, even accidents, sickness or some other medical emergencies can be expensive. Pet insurance is something that might help you get those expenses in order, but for all of that, you need a steady income.
Cats are living creatures, not toys. You can’t come and go as you please; you need to establish a routine to follow for both of you, especially at the beginning. If you want your cat to be happy (which will make you happy as an owner), you’ll need to commit a lot of time to create a bond between you. Play with them daily, engage them physically and mentally, pet them regularly, even if you’re just passing by. With time, you’ll get to know each other; then you’ll know for sure how much attention your cat really needs, as they are not all the same. If you’re getting a kitten, you have to be prepared for long weeks of training, e.g. how to use a litter box, what not to scratch or where not to jump on.
Do you think you’re ready for such commitment? Do you believe you could be a responsible and loving cat owner? As you can see, it’s a lot of responsibility, but, above all, a lot of satisfaction and love as well. When you see your cat learning and growing in peace and happiness, you really feel like a proud parent. And when the time comes that he decides to approach you by himself, to be near you, to caress you – you’ll see it’s all worth it.