So You’ve Decided To Get A Pet. Good for you! Pet ownership can be very rewarding. There are many scientific studies that show that pet ownership is good for a pet owner’s mental and physical health. Before bringing a pet home, however, you need to decide if it is the best fit for your home and lifestyle.
Is A Cat The Right Pet For Me?
There are many things to consider before you decide to bring a pet cat home. First and foremost, do you have the time and financial resources to properly care for your new friend? You’ll need to have time to feed and groom your cat, as well as time to clean the litter box. Cats also need love and affection; be sure you’ll have some time each day to pet and play with kitty. Financial concerns are important, too- you’ll have to add cat food, kitty litter, and veterinary costs to your budget.
Indoor Or Outdoor Cat?
There’s no question about it- indoor cats live much longer , healthier lives than outdoor cats do. An indoor cat can live 12 to 18 years or longer; the lifespan of an outdoor cat is only about 4 to 5 years. Outdoor cats are much more likely to die from traumas such as being hit by a car or attacked by another animal. A cat that lives outside is also much more likely to be exposed to disease.
Cat Or Kitten?
There’s nothing more adorable that a kitten. That little ball of fluff that fits in the palm of your hand is so cute! But keep in mind that a kitten requires more time and attention than an adult cat. Kittens are very active, and get into plenty of mischief. Before bringing a kitten home, you’ll need to kitten-proof your house. Small objects such as paperclips and rubber bands should be safely put away; small items like this can be swallowed, and cause damage to the kitten’s digestive system. A tiny kitten can squeeze into a tiny space and get stuck. Wires and cords can also pose a danger, as a kitten can become tangled in them.
An adult cat will not require as much supervision as a kitten will. Adult cats tend to be calmer than kittens. They don’t play as roughly as kittens do, making them better companions for small children and the elderly. Also, adult cats are not as active at night as kittens are.
Am I Ready To Be A Cat Owner?
Cats make great pets, but they do require care. If you’re unable to meet the needs of a pet cat, then it’s best that you don’t bring one home. Bringing a cat home if you’re not ready to take care of it can lead to the heartbreaking decision to re-home your pet. But if you’ve carefully considered all the responsibilities and are prepared to meet them, you should make a great cat owner. Congratulations!