So, you want to get a cat, but you’re not sure if it’s the right step for you? You’ve come to the right place!
Getting any pet is a big decision, and you need to ensure that you are ready to take care of them in every way possible. It’s a big commitment and responsibility, which is why you need to know what you’re getting yourself into and whether or not you’re ready for it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of things you need to know about getting a cat, so keep reading to learn more.
How much does it cost?
There’s not any specific number for how much a cat will cost you. What you do need to understand, however, is that there will be once-off fees as well as ongoing fees associated with owning a cat.
You will need to pay the fees for buying or adopting a cat, as well as buying all the things they need when you get them. And then you will need to pay for their monthly needs like food and insurance for your cat.
What do cats need?
Generally, cats are seen as pretty low-maintenance pets when compared to dogs, but as you can imagine, they will need more care and attention than other pets like fish or birds.
The most important thing is to ensure that your cat’s basic needs are met. They need water, food, and a safe place to sleep. But that alone isn’t enough. You should also get a litter box and some pet products like toys. And of course, your cat will require lots of love and attention, so be sure to make some time for that every day as well.
Should you buy or adopt?
If you’ve decided that you want to get a cat, you need to decide whether you will be buying or adopting a cat. Both options have their pros and cons, but recently, more and more people are leaning towards adoption.
There are so many cats in shelters, and many of them will stay there forever. If you can adopt a cat, it will truly change their life.
You may have more challenges if you adopt a cat since many of the cats in shelters have been abused by their previous owners, but they are just as deserving of love as any other cats.
Also, no matter which route you end up going, you should be sure to spay your cat as soon as you can.
Should you get one cat or multiple cats?
If you know you eventually want to own multiple cats, you may wonder whether you should get them all at once so that they grow up together, or whether you should start with one and get more later on.
While the choice is ultimately yours, we would recommend starting with one cat so that you don’t get too overwhelmed. If you do decide to get another cat later on, be sure to follow these tips for introducing cats to each other.