So, you want a cat in your life? Bringing a cat home can be an awesome source of joy and companionship – plus, there are so many kitties who need homes, so adopting one will totally win you good karma for your act of public good.
Still, cat ownership requires commitment, and you should only sign up for it after you’ve made sure it’s the right fit for you! How sad would it be if you brought home a precious kitty only to realize you’re not cut out for pet ownership?
Here are 10 things to do to shape yourself up to be the best cat parent ever:
1. Assess your lifestyle
Alright, friend. Time to take a hard look at your schedule, travel habits, social life, work obligations, and lifestyle in general. Do you have time for a cat? Will they receive the love and attention they need? Do you have someone to watch your furry companion when you’re away? Be honest with yourself when considering pet ownership, your cat will deserve nothing less!
2. Do your research
Yep, now is the time to Google. Read up as much as you can about what owning a cat entails and what you should consider before bringing one home.
3. Check with your landlord
Renting? Best check with your landlord if they’re OK with you bringing a cat into your home. Better find out now, before you’re responsible for a feline life and risk losing your security deposit – or being forced to give up your pet.
4. Plan for emergencies
You never know when emergencies might happen. Be sure to always have enough cat food and supplies to last a week or so at home, in case an emergency makes going to the store impossible. It’s also a good idea to keep phone numbers to your regular and emergency veterinarians in an accessible place, like on your fridge and “in case of emergency” section on your phone.