Before purchasing a cat

The acquisition or adoption of a cat or any other animal cannot be an impulsive decision. Obviously abandonment is not an option If things go wrong and everything does not go as expected, it is not an object that we can return after a week because it does not meet our expectations... therefore our efforts should always be directed at solving possible problems that we may have on our hands. To anticipate and minimize subsequent problems, it is very necessary that before starting our search for the cat that best suits our home, we have done the responsible exercise of honestly answering ourselves to the following questions:

Depending on the option we initially opt for, the cat that arrives at our home may entail a series of veterinary expenses that we may not have foreseen a priori; Normally, purebred cats purchased already include a large part (if not all) of this initial veterinary outlay and adoption cats include a part. Be that as it may, we must ensure that the cat has been properly treated and has all the health requirements up to date, especially for puppies, since in the first months of life the associated veterinary expenses are high: periodic preventive deworming, microchipping, vaccines and Sterilization are basic requirements to take into account.

It may also be the case that we have a veterinary emergency for any issue and we have to make sure that if the case arises, we will be able to take care of it.

Fortunately, from the first year onwards, if everything goes well, an annual veterinary check-up that also includes vaccination will be enough. Probably, except for unforeseen incidents, until the cat's senior age, veterinary expenses are limited to that single routine annual visit.

In addition, we must provide our cat with quality food to avoid health problems associated with poor diet.

The batch of products necessary to adapt our new companion to our home should not be underestimated either; Although it is not necessary to spend a fortune, we do have to keep in mind that depending on where we acquire our new cat, it will be necessary to stock up on several essential items: sandbox, feeder and waterer, scratching posts, toys, basic first aid kit, etc.

Depending on the characteristics of our home and the fun we can provide for our pet, we will spend more or less amount of money.

We should all ask ourselves this question before reconsidering having an animal. It is necessary to be clear about where and/or with whom we will leave our cat if we want to travel and the ideal would be to have a plan B in case plan A fails us. I only recommend taking the animal when it is a second residence where we will spend several weeks a year, as long as we enable everything so that the cat is also comfortable and is not subjected to much stress.

In some countries there are feline holiday homes; In our country it is not a very widespread practice and before leaving our cat in a residence it is essential to make sure of the hygienic-sanitary conditions of the place and how comfortable the cat will be in our absence.

If necessary, if we have no alternatives, we must be willing to give up vacations.

It is not necessary to have a huge house in a rural environment with outdoor areas adapted to our cat so that it has guaranteed fun, but it is necessary that, depending on the characteristics of our home, we are willing to make an effort to ensure that the cat is in optimal conditions. . For example, a cat that lives in a small apartment without any access to the outside will need much more stimulation from us and better conditioning of the rooms so that it does not end up looking for fun on its own and dedicates itself to destroying the furniture, dismantle our library, etc.

We may have lived with cats all our lives and have extensive experience in treating them, caring for them, and enjoying them; It may be that despite this coexistence we know very little about the nature of felines; We may reconsider sharing life with a cat for the first time...

Whatever your case, obtaining prior information is desirable.

If after answering all the previous questions, our conclusion is still that we want a cat in our lives, it is time to start considering other aspects: do I have a trusted veterinarian nearby? What type of cat will best adapt to my lifestyle? where do I purchase it? …?

The better prepared we have everything and the more thought we have given to a responsible acquisition, the more rewarding the entire process will end up being.