Are You Ready
to Welcome a
Cat into Your
Home and Life?
Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
Having a cat (or two, or three…) in your life is a wonderful, rewarding experience. But, out of fairness to all parties concerned, it’s very important that you make sure a cat is a good fit for you and your household.
It’s widely accepted that our feline friends are less emotionally dependent than our canine companions, but they still require your attention, time, money, and a serious and long-term commitment. While they make wonderful companions, you need to be certain that by welcoming a cat into your home and your life, you’re going to be in it for the long haul. Start by considering the following:
Ask yourself, “Why Do I Want a Cat?”
- For companionship – Cats are very social creatures and they bring a lot of love into a home. If you fantasize about curling up on the sofa with a good book, and a kitty purring in your lap, a cat may be a welcome addition to your family.
- For health – It has been scientifically proven that living with a pet is good for you. It lowers blood pressure, encourages activity, and gives your life additional purpose. Obviously, the health benefits should not be the only reason you opt to open your home to a cat, but it is definitely an added benefit.
- Out of impulse – Avoid taking on the responsibility of any pet on a whim. It is a commitment that should always be taken seriously, and one for which you should be fully prepared.
- For your child(ren) – If your child has been begging and pleading for a cat, or you want to teach him to be more responsible, please reconsider. No matter how much your child pleads, or promised to take care of the furry family member, you will be the primary caregiver for any pet. If you yourself don’t want to be responsible, don’t get a cat.
- Cats are easier than dogs – Sure, caring for a cat doesn’t require daily walks, playing fetch or regular bathing, and there are known for being more independent than dogs, but they need more attention and work than most people realize. Misinformation abounds about the necessary care for a cat ~ some people think they don’t need to be fed regularly because they are natural hunters, while others think regular wellness checks with the veterinarian aren’t necessary. If you’re considering welcoming a cat to you family because you think it will be easy, please reconsider.
Yes, there is a lot to consider before making the decision to share your life and home with a fabulous feline. It’s extremely important that you take the time to carefully consider whether or not a cat is a good fit for you, your family, and your lifestyle. Too many cats wind up in shelters because their former parents just weren’t ready to have them in the first place.
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