Cats definitely make great companions, there’s no doubt about that. Not only do they look as cute as they act, they also keep mice away and have built-in motors. That’s pretty cool.
But there’s more to owning a cat than having a cute, soft, purring companion. Before you get one, there are a few things you should think about, and a few things that are just plain good to know.
1. Adopting too early
Many people make the mistake of adopting a kitten that’s far too young and has not gotten to spend enough time with its mother.
Instead, wait for the lactation period of the kitten to be over before adopting or adopt an older cat from a shelter.
Many people still engage in the cruel practice of declawing cats to save their furniture. This practice is entirely inhumane as it is the same to a cat as cutting off the tips of your fingers would be to you, a human. Declawing is also linked to a large number of diseases in felines.
Instead, get a scratching post or other scratching toys that your cat can use to sharpen their claws, sparing both your sofa and your cat.
3. Not neutering and spaying indoor cats
Some cat owners assume that since their cats spend their lives inside, they won’t get a chance to breed anyway and elect to save money on neutering or spaying their pet.
However, it’s important to neuter or spay your cat just in case. Cat overpopulation is a massive problem in urban areas.
4. Not vaccinating or deworming indoor cats
While the risk of catching a disease or worms is lower in indoor cats, it’s still vital that you vaccinate all your pets in time and have regular vet visits.
Remember to always consult with your vet to elect the correct vaccine schedule for your cat in particular.
5. Not considering financial status
Even before getting a cat, it’s important to be certain that you will be able to care for it in all ways including monetary. Before getting a cat, consider if you have enough money to purchase enough cat food every month, cat toys (especially scratching toys) and anything else the pet might need. Do you have enough money for vet visits, vaccinations and sterilization? If not, this is not the best time to get a cat and you should probably wait for a more stable time in your life.
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