Cats are undoubtedly one of the cutest pets mankind has ever been blessed with. Not only do cats look cool and make great companions, but they also keep mice away. However, cats can live up to 20 years so getting one is quite the commitment. We have compiled a list of 5 things you should think about before getting your new purrfect pal.
#5 - Your Lifestyle
The first thing you should consider is if your current lifestyle allows the addition of a cat. While cats are independent by nature, they will still need companionship, feeding and grooming. So if you are a very busy person you might not have enough time to provide for a cat. Cats also bond very strongly to their environment so if you're a person who moves around a lot, getting a cat is definitely not recommended.
#4 - Type of Breed
While I think we can all agree that cats in all shapes and sizes are universally awesome there are key differences to think about when picking our your future furry buddy. For example, if your schedule does not allow daily grooming of your cat, you should probably stay away from Persian Cats, as their beautiful thick coat of fur needs a lot of attention from its' owners. Remember, cats vary from breed to breed not only in physical characteristics but also in personality, make sure you read up on the breed of cat you are thinking about getting.
#3 - Double or Nothing?
While you could get one cat, it might be worth to consider getting two for twice the fun with other added benefits. Getting two kittens from the same litter will ease the transition for the cats tremendously and they will not have to face it alone. Additionally they will keep each other company while you are at work and make sure that they're never lonely. In such getting two cats might seem like twice the commitment, but for the cats well-being this is actually not such a bad idea. However it might be a good idea to invest in two of everything: Cat Beds, Toilets, Bowls etc.
#2 - Other Pets
If you already have other pets, be careful exposing them to one another immediately. Keep your adopted cat in a separate room or other pets caged until you can slowly introduce them to one another. This will take a lot of time and patience on your part, but depending on their personality, they should be able to get along over time easily. This will require you to monitor their interactions to make sure your pets do not get aggressive around one another.
#1 - Age
This may seem a little weird but it is really important to decide whether you want a kitten or an adult cat. If you choose a kitten, be sure to play with it often and give it a lot of attention. The nice thing about a kitten is that its personality will grow to compliment yours (playful, reserved, attention-seeking, etc. ). On the other end, an adult cat might be a little less playful but their personality is typically already established. So, if you get an adult cat, you know what kind of cat you are getting. Be sure to take into account what kind of companion you're looking for when considering age!
Make sure you are considering these points before getting a cat. Overall, cats tend to be low maintenance but they do require love and care like any other pet. If you're ready for the commitment, check out your local adoption centers and see if you can find your ideal companion!