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Thinking of owning a cat? Well there are somethings you should know first. Here’s everything you need to know about the time, energy and money required to add a feisty feline to your family.

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Cats Have Nine Lives

Adopting a cat is a lifelong commitment. Cats can live up to 20 years; be sure you’re ready to provide food, shelter and love for your cat’s life. Major changes, such as switching owners and houses, can be very stressful for cats.

Cats Take Time

Cats, like all pets, need sufficient love and attention. Creating a human bond is crucial to developing a lasting relationship with your cat. Most cats will want to be near you when you’re home; make an effort to pet your cat whenever you pass it. Devote time every day to playing with your cat and engaging it in physical and mental stimulation. Each cat is different and desires different levels of attention.

Cats Cost

Be prepared for the financial responsibilities that come with having a cat.  Your costs include quality food, litter, toys, and routine medical costs. Emergency care or treating an illness can cost you a lot of money.

Cats Live Longer, Healthier Lives Indoors

Cats do not need to go outside. Indoor cats live much longer than outdoor cats. Outdoor cats have a higher risk of contracting diseases or being killed by cars or other animals. Indoor cats can have very fulfilling lives as long as you provide them with food, water, love, and a stimulating environment. Make sure your cat has access to plenty of sunlight and windows.

Cats Require Supplies

Before you take your new cat home, make sure you have all of the basic supplies. These include high-quality food, food and water bowls (steel, glass or ceramic preferred) litter box and litter, toys, a scratching post and a carrier for trips to the vet.

By: Dammy Eneli

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