Choosing a cat
From Tabbies to Tortoiseshells, Gingers to Calicos, cats have been coexisting with human beings for thousands of years and are one of the most popular pets in the world.
Cats and kittens are generally less demanding than dogs, making them suitable for people who would rather cuddle up in front of the TV than do a twilight jog or walk around the local park. They are also great for people who work long hours, as they sleep regularly and when awake are more able to entertain themselves.
That said, adopting a cat is a serious commitment as they live for a long time, on average 14 years, and need regular care and affection.
Have a look at the questions below to find out if you’re ready for a feline friend.
- Do you have enough money to pay for regular health care expenses such as annual vaccinations, health checks, worming medication and flea medication?
- If there was an accident or an emergency, do you have enough money saved to cover the cost?
- If you want an outside cat, do you have the space for a suitable cat enclosure?
- If renting, are you allowed to have a cat?
- Is anyone in your household allergic to cats?
- Will your cat need to be tolerant of children?
- Do you have enough time to play, pet, groom and interact with your cat daily?
- Do you have a friend or neighbour that can look after your cat if you go away? Otherwise, can you pay for boarding?
- If you have another pet, are they likely to accept the cat?
Think you’d be the purr-fect cat owner? Then have a look at our cat adoption page.