Should I Get a Cat and What Kind of Responsibilities Will I Have?

Getting a cat is not a decision to be taken lightly.

Once you bring your cat home, you are responsible for keeping it happy and healthy, and this takes a huge commitment.

However, the joys and benefits of cat ownership far outweigh the cost in responsibility. Here are the responsibilities you will have once you become a cat owner.

 

1. Seek proper medical care.

For your cat to stay healthy, she must be seen by a vet. The vet provides annual check-ups to monitor the cat’s health and also provides vaccines necessary to prevent disease in your cat. If necessary, the vet can also provide medicine to keep your cat’s fur clear of any fleas and ticks.

 

2. Provide food and water.

Your cat must be given a portion of cat food and fresh water every day. Depending on your cat’s dietary needs, you may need to buy a special kind of cat food. The vet can recommend a nutritious brand of food that is perfect for your cat.

 

 

3. Provide litter boxes and clean them out regularly.

You should provide at least one litter box for every cat you own. Each of these litter boxes should be filled with about 3 to 4 inches of litter. When the cat has filled the litter box with waste, you need to clean it out to ensure the cat can still use it comfortably. Ideally, each litter box should be cleaned out at least 3 or 4 times per week. This involves scooping out the waste, placing it into a trash bag and disposing of it.

 

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4. Provide toys and a bed.

Toys provide entertainment for your cat, but that’s not all. Playing with toys also gives your cat necessary exercise so that she can stay trim and healthy. Some toys allow the cat to play by herself, but you should also use toys that allow you to play with your cat to establish a bond. Providing a comfortable place for your cat to sleep is also important to her happiness.

 

5. Acquire a pet sitter when necessary.

You can leave your cat home alone for several hours at a time, as long as you provide enough food and water to last through that time. However, if you are going to be gone overnight, you will need to hire a pet sitter to take care of your cat. This is something important to keep in mind if you’re going out of town.

 

6. Meet all financial obligations.

Vet bills, food, litter and hiring a sitter can all be costly. Make sure that you’re financially stable enough to meet all these obligations before you get a cat.

Cat ownership comes with a unique set of obligations and responsibilities. However, the joy of companionship that comes from having a pet cat make the sacrifice well worth it.

 

Sources:

http://www.petparents.com/show.aspx/cats/adopting-a-cat/responsible-cat-owner

http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/lhuston/2013/feb/7-tips-for-being-a-responsible-cat-owner-29833

http://cats.about.com/cs/advocacy/a/responsibility.htm

https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Guidelines-for-Responsible-Pet-Ownership.aspx

http://www.webvet.com/main/2008/06/22/10-things-you-should-know-owning-cat

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