Keeping a cat (or two) is a wonderfully rewarding experience. However, to be fair to the cat and to yourself, it’s important to make sure a cat is right for you and your household.
Cats are wonderful companions. Although many cats are less emotionally dependent than dogs are, they still require your attention, time, money, and life-long commitment. Are you ready to bring a cat into your family for the long haul? With proper care, that kitten you’re considering can live to be old enough to vote. It is a serious, long-term decision.
People bring cats into their lives for many reasons: some good, and some bad. Let’s take a look at the main ones.
You will be taking on a number of commitments if you bring a cat into your home.
Incidentally, you might have read some scary things about Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy. You’re far more likely to catch it from undercooked meat than from your cat, in any case. But if you’re pregnant and your cat is your only housemate, don’t panic. Simply wear rubber gloves when you change the litter box and be sure to change or sift the litter at least once a day (twice is better), and you’ll be fine. The kitty droppings need to be sitting around for a day before you can reasonably catch Toxoplasmosis from them. (You wouldn’t leave the kitty poo lying around after sifting it, right?)
A cat is yours for life and you not only have a responsibility to them but the community in which you live as well. As a responsible cat owner you will need to ensure that:
Being a responsible cat owner is about making sure your cat is happy and healthy and getting the love and treatment it deserves as a family member.
There is a lot to think about before getting a cat to share your life and home with and it’s important you take the time to carefully consider whether a cat is right for you. Too many cats end up at shelters each year because people weren’t really ready to have a cat in their lives.
Think about how your life will change once you get a cat and try to be realistic about your expectations. If you decide that you are truly ready then consider adopting a cat or kitten from the local shelter. Not only will you benefit from lower adoption fees for a healthy, micro-chipped cat; you will also be saving a life.