So you have been wanting to get yourself a pet cat for quite a while now and you may have your reasons why you want a cat other than anything else. It can be because your friend has one and you love playing with her pet cat every time you visit her house, or probably Garfield was your favorite character when you were growing up, or maybe you just want to have the company of a pet at home, an animal which is not as hyper as a puppy, but definitely more interactive than a fish.
Cats are not just soft and cuddly, they are also fun to be around especially when they are in a playful mood. They may act weird and all snobbish sometimes but they are great companions. It can be easy to get a cat as you can adopt from a shelter or buy from a pet shop but before you do, make sure that you are ready and that you have carefully taken things into consideration before deciding that you are finally getting one. A pet cat is not like a stuffed toy which you can play with when you first take it home and then just leave it in a display case once you have had enough of it. Getting a pet cat is also a lifetime commitment which deserves your time, care, and attention.
Do you have the capacity to be a responsible owner? Can you afford all the expenses that come along with having a cat to care for? As a responsible owner, you need to make sure that your cat will have regular checkups with a vet for vaccinations and other treatments that may be necessary to keep it healthy and in good shape. Cats also need to eat a healthy diet and they cannot just consume human food so make sure that you can buy cat food or even make one for your cat to ensure that what you feed it are all safe and nutritious. Aside from the food, you also have to bear in mind that there will be other costs such as cat cleaning products, toys, beddings, or even carriers which will be used for trips to the vet and other places.
Do you have the space for a pet at home? You also need to take into consideration your living arrangements. If you are renting or living in a condo or an apartment building, make sure that pets are allowed because you would not want to get into trouble for sneaking in a cat. If you own your place, you should have the space to accommodate a cat for it loves to explore and it may even play with things within its reach. Also, keep your place safe for a cat by getting rid of things that can be harmful to it.
Having a pet can be life changing so before you finally get a cat, make sure that you are ready to commit and share your life and home with it. It will need your time and attention as well as your love and care. If you think you are ready, then go ahead and start making memories with your feline friend.