Who doesn’t like to cuddle with the fluffy cats? With all the cat memes on the Internet these days, the idea of living together with that little creature is surely tempting. However, if you have never adopted a pet before, you probably have to learn a thing or two first. And we’ve compiled the most important aspects below.
Cats Can Be Invasive
Your love of cats may not be as pure as you think. First, take a look at your surroundings and see if there are stray cats nearby. You’d better start adopting those strays instead of adding a new one to the population. Don’t just love cats, but love the environment as well.
You must know that too many cats can be a threat to local biodiversity. Don’t get fooled by their cute and innocent appearance. In reality, cats are effective predators! They feed on birds, insects, and other small mammals. The worst-case scenario of the uncontrolled cat population happens in Australia. Feral cats there threaten more than 100 native species. You don’t want that to happen in your place, do you?
Therefore, it would be better to have a neutered cat than a fertile one. They can give birth to 4 to 6 kitten in one pregnancy. And their breeding season is year-round!
You May Be Allergic
Before you bring a cat into your house to live with you, try to play with one that belongs to your friends or relatives first. You can’t know for sure whether you are allergic to cat’s dander or not if you encounter them only occasionally.
If you live in an apartment, you may even need extra equipment to clean the indoor air from your cat’s shedding fur. A vacuum cleaner, an air purifier, and a steam mop are usually the must-have tools for pet owners.
Moreover, cat’s poop can be nasty if you keep the cat indoors. You need a special room dedicated to the cat so that its litter won’t contaminate the rest of the house.
Cats Need Medical Attention
Cats need vaccination, de-worming therapy, anti-flea shampoos, and supplements. If you think that keeping your cat indoors all the time can save you from those problems, you may or may not be right about it. Lack of sunlight can make the cat’s immune system weak. And they can be vulnerable to cat flue. As for worm, no matter how clean you think your house is, if you don’t medicate your cat, you’ll find worms in the litter box sooner or later.