Before You Buy a Cat

Before You Buy a Cat

Before buying and bringing home a cat, you should consider various factors involving the cat, your house, family members and other possible factors. If you do not consider such factors, you may have to return your pet soon after you purchase and bring it home. This can cause lot of misery and sorrow all around.

Before You Buy a Cat

Your Situation
Consider your personal situation before purchasing a cat. You should have sufficient time to care for the cat. If you have a full-time job, you should be able to take sudden leave to attend to any emergencies. Cats require company. It is not sufficient to give shelter to a cat in your house. You have to give it time just as you care for a child.
If you live in rented accommodation, find out if cats are permitted within those premises. You should have sufficient
space for rearing a cat and provide scratching posts, litter boxes, sleeping places for the cat and much more. Consider
whether all your family members are ready to accept a cat within the house.

Another important factor is caring for a cat. You should consider small children within the house; if they can live with a cat. They should understand how to treat the new cat as a living being and not as a toy.
Additionally, you should get a cat allergy test done for all family members. If any of your family members have cat
allergies, it is best not to buy a cat.
You will require feeding bowls, towels, transport carriers or special boxes to transport cats to different places. You may have to transport your cat to a friend’s place or for a visit to the veterinarian.

Financial
Cats do have several recurring expenditures. You should consider your financial situation; whether you can afford the cat’s medical, food, and other associated expenses.
There are various routine expenses like vaccinations and costs of other accessories. You should be able to support a cat’s expenses wherever you move.
Cats normally live for fifteen to eighteen years. You should be able to support all its expenses over its life.
The Breeder

Read more: Cat Breed Information
You should look into the health standards of the place where you are purchasing your cat. It should be a licensed and
registered establishment. It is best to purchase from recommended sources.
You could ask for dependable recommendations from your friends and relatives that have cats as pets. Get your
veterinarian to perform a thorough examination of the kitten you purchase and follow up any problems with the breeder as soon as possible.

The Cat Itself
Refrain from making an impulsive purchase. Do not buy a cat that looks pathetic or sick. It could cause serious health problems for your young ones at home. Do not take home a cat that requires extensive nursing. Your family members would be aghast if you have to give back the pet after some time. Check for adequate worming and recent vaccinations of your kitten.
Adult cats should have proper house training. Do not buy aggressive cats, as these usually cannot make good household pets.
Cats are lovable and affectionate pets. They soon become an important member of your family. Therefore, before
purchasing a cat, consider all possible aspects before you welcome your new member. This can save you many
heartbreaks and disappointments later.
If you are in doubt over any particular fact, it is best not to buy and bring home that cat or kitten.

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