There’s no doubt that getting a pet can bring immense joy to your life, but they are also a huge responsibility. Here are several things to consider before taking the plunge and adopting a pet:
Thinking of Adopting a Cat?
Do you have the time?
If you’re hopping on planes every week for business, it may not be the best time to add a pet. The same goes for those who are clocking extra long hours at the office. While a pet sitter is an option, cats need affection and attention from their owners.
Are you financially prepared for a pet?
Pets are great, but they can be expensive! Food, toys, grooming, training, regular (and unexpected) veterinary expenses can really add up.
How does your family feel?
Are all members of your family in agreement to add a new pet? What about your current furry family members – are they going to be OK sharing your affection, their toys, etc.
Are pets allowed where you live?
Ask your landlord about their pet policies, as some have age/weight/breed restrictions. If you own your own home, does your HOA or insurance have any pet or breed restrictions?
If you are getting a kitten, do you know what you are getting into?
Kittens are adorable, but they require a lot of work and attention. Kittens have lots of energy and can be mischievous if left unattended. While training a kitten isn’t quite as intense as training a puppy, they do need to learn how to behave (i.e. using its litter box, not scratching furniture, jumping on counters, etc.). If you don’t have the time or energy for the difficult baby stages, consider getting an adult cat instead.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Do you see yourself traveling the world or starting a family? If so, consider a dog that is going to handle these changes well.
If you aren’t quite ready to offer an animal a forever home, ask us about joining our foster program!