Is a Cat for You? Costs & Benefits of Owning a Cat
If you think a cat is the right pet for you, you're probably right! Cats make great long-term companions and can be a wonderful addition to any family. The benefits of cat ownership are numerous, but it's important to consider those as well as the costs before bringing an animal home. Bringing a cat home is a serious committment, and one you should give serious thought to.
Many of the benefits of cat ownership might seem obvious. Cats are playful, affectionate and indepent companions. Though their personalities vary, cats are generally loving and fun animals to have around the house. Many studies have shown that having a cat can also be beneficial in terms of emotional and physical health! They help reduce stress and can even help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Cats are easy to maintain and very clean - they don't have to be bathed frequently, walked or taken outside, though some of them may enjoy those activities!
Owning a cat will come with some costs. Your addition to the family will require food, litter, toys, and regular veterinary care. Although self-sufficient, cats require daily feeding, watering, and at least a little affection. Although they keep themselves very clean, cats also track litter, shed, and throw up hairballs. Many people are allegic to cats, though in frequent cases, those allergies are easily manageable. Some kittens may be prone to scratching, biting, or other behavior problems that will require training to work through.
The kitten you bring home will be part of your family for years to come. Most cat owners will happily tell you that the costs of cat ownership are small compared to the great benefits that will come with it. If you're ready, willing and able to take on the costs, it's time to decide just which cat is right for you.