Hey folks, so cats are my favorite topic- one reason being I have stayed with one and developed fondness over time. So with this blog the title makes it very clear- ” Things to consider before getting a cat.”
Having a cat is an important decision as they also need human attention and care. So, just to save you the trouble, let me put it really straight- before getting a cat you need to consider:
- Any allergies that you are having or anyone in the family?
- Will you commit at least 2-3 hours of your time with the cat in a day?
- You will not leave the cat alone for more than 10 hours in a day
- The medical bills and insurance for your cat
- Taking time to take your cat to the vet at the right times
- The space for free movement of your pet in your home
If you have thought about the above things and are ready to take responsibility, then lets get into the Things to be considered !
The felines are surely one of the less demanding animals but they come with their own set of responsibilities. Before I list down the things for the market; one must consider looking into pros and cons of having a pet. Be it less demanding, they are living beings and need love and care with ample amount of playtime. So one should consider if they are ready to be committed to the cat for a very long time.
Secondly, one must look into the personality of cat one wants- playful or dignified; indoor or outdoor. A lot depends on the lifestyle one has as that would not be changing for a pretty long time. Playful cats tend to demand a lot more attention and love from their humans. They require 3-4 hours of dedicated play time at different times of the day. If you are planning on getting a kitten, be ready to be doing a lot of surveillance as they have high amounts of energy at that age. A dignified cat on the other hand, would want to play at their own times. They are comparatively less demanding. Female cats fall more in this category.
On account of getting an indoor cat or outdoor cat; many prefer to keep their cats indoors as their parents have been always indoors and therefore the kitten or cat has far lesser immunity. If taken outside, they have chances of getting sick and catching other ailments. Since, a cat has always had a wild streak, its natural for them to have their time outside. Some cats prefer to stay outside and come home for food and shelter. In case of others, their humans leave them outside for a couple of hours so that these cats do not miss out on their natural skills. If you decide to have an outdoor cat, be sure to have the cat micro-chipped for safety.
Thirdly, a decision on long-haired or short-haired cats is important. Long haired cats need a little bit more maintenance than the short haired ones to keep their coats looking amazing. A long haired cat will require daily brushing of their coat to avoid matting. They also shed a lot more hair in the shedding season. Also, grooming for the long haired tends to a tad bit expensive as they need proper bathing once in a while. The short haired ones require combing once a week and most of them do not require proper bathing as they are good with their own grooming skills.
Once, the personality and the coat is decided, the sex of the cat – male or female is an important factor. Males are more active, while females are generally good with children. Males are demanding mostly while females want playtime at their own leisure. Both develop their fondness in the house. The males mostly have their attention with one main human, whereas the females tend to have their attention for the entire family.
Also, one needs to see if they want a pedigree or adopt. I would always vouch for adopting a cat rather than buying from a breeder unless one is clear on the kind of cat one wants and one made ample visits to the animal shelter. If adoption is the route one intends to take then the next step may not be required in most cases, but if one decides to buy from a breeder, it is important to choose the breed of the cat. Click here for a list of cat breeds.
Deciding and choosing the cat becomes a much more easier process with the above guidelines. But, I would say, always let the cat choose you. That way it works out better.