Thanks to Rahat from mytypesofcats.com for writing and sharing this article.
Although cats are a bit more independent than other pets, adopting a cat is a huge responsibility. It's one tiny life in your hands, and before you even think about taking responsibility for that life, you should ask yourself a couple of questions.
Why should you get a cat?
Sounds pretty simple, but you need to sit down and think about it before you jump to a decision. The word "pet" itself is usually confused with something that people pay little attention to. Something that you display for others to observe, or something that entertains you when you're bored.
When you grow tired of the pet, you simply push it away right?
If you agree with the previous sentence you should leave the cat adoption for someone else. Just like children, pets are a commitment. You mustn't abandon them in any way once they're under your care. Adopting a cat in essence means creating a new family member, and thus should be treated like one.
Will you be able to take care of it?
Is your environment suitable for a cat? Say for example your work involves a lot of traveling. If you barely visit your own apartment for more than a week, getting a cat to sit around in it would be pretty pointless.
You should ask yourself is your living environment suitable for a cat. They aren't demanding creatures, as a matter of fact they require very little, but why not provide all the comfort one can give.
What kind of cat do you want?
If your heart is in place and you’re sure you want to get a fluffy companion, you might want to start looking. Perhaps you have a specific type of cat in mind already. Maybe a specific breed, color, age or sex.
Or perhaps you simply have to go out on a limb and look for the one that warms your heart the most. The same rule applies for any kind of pet. Don't get one simply because of the way they look. Think twice and get the pet you know will make you happy, and one that you can make happy as well.
Won't the cat be lonely?
If you're getting a young cat, still in its playful stage, you might want to consider getting it a companion.
Kittens have a lot of energy, and you can only play with them for so long. They have the entire day free, so they're bound to be bored unless you can ignore all your everyday responsibilities.
Two cats hardly cause more trouble than one. The only difference is a little bit of more noise during the night in exchange for a lot more happiness for your pet.
Research, tuna and some more research!
Learn all you can about cats before getting one. Cats don't need much bathing, they do it themselves. They have a lot of energy and are mostly active during the night. They point their tail up if they're happy. They purr a lot, they like to cuddle and sometimes, if they love their owner enough, try to ease the pain by cuddling next to the source of the pain.
There are many interesting things about these little creatures. Kindness and love will go a long way and trust me, it's a very warm feeling when a cat lifts its tail up sky high as it sprints towards you.
Have you ever adopted a cat before? What type of things would you recommend before someone adopts a cat?