What You Need To Consider Before Getting A Cat

Finding out what pet is best for you and your family isn’t a journey that should be taken lightly. Dogs, cats, turtles, birds and reptiles are amongst the most popular pets. Of these, cats are the most apartment-friendly and widely-admitted pets into controlled living situations. Add to that the well-known fact that cats are independent and don’t need a ton of care, as dogs or birds do, and cats may seem like the perfect fuzzy addition to your family. But no pet is perfect. Here are seven things you must consider before bringing home a cat.

1. Allergies 

Do you know if you’re allergic to cats? It’s not a condition you’re necessarily born with, and it can surface at any time and even between different cat breeds. Before you bring a cat home, have yourself tested for feline allergies. It will save the hassle and potential heartbreak later on if you find you’re allergic after the fact and have to return your cat.

2. Commitment

Cats generally live from 13 to 18 years of age, with many living into their 20s. Having a cat is a huge time commitment, so make sure you’re aware of it before adopting. On that same note, overpopulation is a huge problem in the United States, so do your part to control it by having your cat spayed or neutered.