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Should You Get A Cat? Guide to Responsible Cat Owenship

Feb 29, 2008
You know that you really like cats, and at your friends' houses your lap is always the target for a furry visitor. They're cute and friendly and loving. How can you tell if you're ready to take the plunge in to cat ownership? There are a lot of questions to consider before you run out and choose an adorable fur ball.

Cats make great pets in part because they are so self-sufficient. Should you have to leave home for a few days you can have a neighbor drop by to make sure she's fed and has plenty of water and a clean cat box. But don't make the mistake of thinking that you won't need to spend plenty of time and energy making your cat happy in his new home.

Pets need lots of affection. In the case of a cat, this means providing a lap to curl up on, as well as time playing, petting and communicating. Particularly if your cat is to be the only one in your household, you will be his primary companion. Although cats are very independent, they do need love and attention. Think about how much energy you have to give to a new friend when deciding whether or not to get a cat.

Playtime is important, too, especially if your cat will stay indoors. Indoor cats need to chase and prowl and run in order to get enough exercise. That means you'll be spending time entertaining your cat. Kittens and young cats have a greater need for exercise, which is another consideration when deciding to become a cat owner.

Although cats can be adopted or bought for not too much money, make sure you are aware of the ongoing cost of having a pet. Food, veterinarian appointments, scratching posts, toys; try to determine how much you need to budget per month to insure that your new cat will have everything he needs.

As you try to determine whether you're ready to get a cat, think about how your new pet will fit into your family. Is anyone in your household allergic? Who will be responsible for feeding the cat and keeping his litter box clean? Are there any other pets that will be impacted? If you have a dog, does he chase cats? Making sure that everyone in the family is ready to welcome your new addition will make his transition to your home smooth. If pet care responsibility is decided before he comes home you'll be sure that he never misses a meal.

Cats can live for up to twenty years, so factor that into your decision to welcome on into your home. A cat can provide you with years of companionship and love. Many cat owners consider their pets to be their best friends. Having a cat in the house is not for everybody. Make sure that you are ready to share your life with your new furry companion, then bring him home and enjoy!
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