Questions to ask before you get a cat.
Can I afford a cat?
Cats require annual vaccinations, worming and flea treatment. Kittens need to be neutered at six months – all adult cats
are neutered before Cats’ Aid home them. Pet insurance is recommended but does not cover these annual expenses.
Basic requirements for your cat – food, litter, litter tray, scratching post, toys, brush, cat carrier and collar.
Do I have time for a cat?
Cats like to hang out with their humans and regular time should be set aside each day for play and cuddles. A fifteen
minute play session twice a day is all that’s required to keep your kitty happy, and as many cuddles as you can give in
between. Adult cats need a lot less time than kittens, who can be very energetic!
Do I have space for a cat?
Yes, a cat’s world is vertical not horizontal, so if you can fit a climbing frame/cat tree into your home, you have room for a
cat. Rule of thumb says, one room per cat. Apartments are ideal for indoor cats once you provide a climbing frame/cat
tree, toys and some playtime. In fact, lots of people now believe it’s safer to keep a cat indoor-only because of outdoor
hazards such as dogs, cars, poison and cruel humans etc. Indoor cats tend to live longer.
How clean are cats?
Cats are the cleanest of creatures, when problems arise it’s usually the human’s fault!! Cats instinctively bury their waste,
when litter problems occur, it’s most likely because the litter tray is not clean enough. Vet’s advice should always be
sought however as this can also be their way of letting us know something is wrong.
Cats do shed so a few well-placed blankets are a must as they can be removed and cleaned easily. Also velcro/lint
brushes are an easy way of removing fur from furniture. Regular brushing is a great way of bonding with your cat and
removing excess hair.
Will my furniture be scratched?
It is natural for cats to scratch, it’s a way of them marking their territory and indeed, it’s a thing they have to do.
However, there is no need for your furniture to be their scratching post. Provide your cat with an appropriate scratching
post i.e. it must be tall enough to allow them to stretch to scratch with a solid base so it won’t fall over, and preferably
covered in sisal (not carpet) so that they can shed their claws. If your cat is using the sofa, place the post at that spot so
that they get used to using the post instead and gradually move it to the place you want it to be. Anti-scratching products
are also available from pet shops.
In general cats are very easy to live with, are low maintenance and extremely loving. They can fit into a busy lifestyle
very easily, all they require is food, play and love. In return you will be rewarded with years of fun and kisses!!