“Hey I want a cat” you say and I would reply “Whoa, have you thought this through”?
I got Eddie on an impulse, but I grew up around cats and I always wanted to have cats. Also I knew I wasn’t moving any time soon after moving around 7 times in 14 years (I can’t exactly remember how many times I moved back in with my parents :)). I know that I have lived in 4 apartments and now my condo in 14 years. The one strike I did have against me was that I wasn’t in a financially stable position so it did add-on an expense. I also knew there wouldn’t be any new humans in the house for a long or ever time. I guess I had given it some thought, but hadn’t thought through the timing of getting a kitten.
Some things to consider before getting a cat:
- Where is your life heading in the next 15 years? That is the average life expectancy of an indoor cat and some live while into their 20’s.
- Will you be able to care for a cat for the next 15 to 20 years?
- Can you tolerate cat hair and having to vacuum A LOT or brush the cat A LOT?
- Do you have finances in place for cat food, vet bills (they are EXPENSIVE), and litter?
I see red when people get rid of a cat because a new baby comes into the family, they change furniture and the cat no longer matches (that is the stupidest reason I have ever heard of), or because the cat scratches too much. I know some circumstances you can’t prevent and you have no choice but to surrender your cat. I don’t have an issue with these people and can understand their pain at having to say good-bye to a family member. I have issues with people getting rid of their cat because they did not think it through and it was an impulsive decision and they now regret it. Think before you get a cat.
Please make sure you do your homework before adopting a cat and make sure it is something that you can commit to for the long-term. Another thing to consider is do you have the time for a cat? Yes cats aren’t like dogs and need lots of walks and such, but cats still do need time with humans to play and be loved. Cats should NOT be treated like a piece of clothing that you can discard and get rid of as you please.
Now if you have considered this all and you can say that you can love a cat and take care of it for the next 15 to 20 years, than congratulations and go get yourself a cat. There are many in shelters that are looking for a forever home and there are so many cute kittens and cats out there.