Let’s face it, they are super cute, generally low maintenance and a bit more independent than dogs, unless of course you have a “cat-dog”.
So, the big question is, are you ready to take the plunge and adopt that bundle of fur? There are quite a few things to take into consideration…
Where do you live? Do you own a house? Are you renting and will your landlord approve of a new pet?
Often times, as a tenant who rents, or depending on the housing community, they simply do not allow animals of any sort or there are breed restrictions. Always be sure to check in, make sure it’s acceptable, that way you don’t have to worry about re-homing your precious new friend. If the answer is yes, your next step is creating a safe place. Make sure the room is kitten proof, and your new “baby” has a comfortable place to sleep which will include a bed!
Are you prepared? Do you have the right supplies?
There are quite a few things that a cat owner simply can’t go without…. Food, toys, a kitty litter box, a scratching post and even a cat carrier. It’s important that you have a Veterinarian picked out for any necessary vaccines, wellness check ups and emergency situations that may arise.
Did you know that average person typically spend more than $1,000 on their pets within the first year of becoming a pet owner?
With that being said, we know that life happens! However, it’s essential that you have the necessary means to support your new kitty and all of the things that come with being a responsible pet owner.
Do you have the time? Are you able to make the commitment?
Yes, cats are generally more independent animals, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need socialization, love, attention and exercise. According to research and experience, cats should get 30 minutes of play time a day (this of course depends on each specific personality, some need more). Cats are at risk for obesity, so keep those babies moving! We suggest laser pointers, feather toys, strings and some of our feline friends even love walks!
I’m sure you have heard the saying “cats have nine lives”. Cats tend to have a long life span and can live happily into their 20’s assuming they have had a healthy, happy life. Be sure your decision to bring a baby home is for the best because once they come home, they are here to stay and we love every minute of it! 🙂
Dog Gon’ Good Time suggests these toys…
Interactive Pet Laser
Motion Cat Toy
Places Dog Gon’ Good Time suggests to adopt…
Northeast Animal Shelter
The Cat Connection
Be sure to check us out if you are in need of cat sitting! We have great services available.