Sometimes the cat appears in your house unexpectedly. You meet a homeless kitten on the street, feel sorry for it, and bring it to your home. But you bring the cat home and realise that both of you have to overcome a long period of adjustment and to get used to each other. And here you have to show patience and love, because the cat may feel frustrated, anxious, or on the contrary, it could be depressed because of a new home, new environment, and changes in nutrition, home-sickness, and many other things.
Well, what if the decision to take the cat to the house is not spontaneous? You have to make a balanced decision, the acceptance of which should involve all members of the family.
Think it over, who will take the main care of a cat. The animal needs a balanced diet, rest walks, trips to the vet, etc. And it’s better if all of this will be controlled by one member of the family. If you entrust your child to the care of a cat, you should still monitor how comfortable the animal feels, how timely is feeding and cleaning. When a child begins to have other interests, promptly take care of the pet yourself.
Consider also what the conditions of life you can offer to your cat and seek advice from breeders. Some active cats require space for games and hunting, while calm cats, such as phlegmatic long-haired breeds can feel great in a small apartment.
If you already have pets in the house, make sure that the new cat is not terrorised by the dog, that a war for territory is not started with another cat already living with your, that new cat does not diversify its menu by your budgie, hamster or goldfish.
Of course, you should calculate your financial ability to support a cat, because it includes not only high-quality feeding but also the care items, the cost of the veterinarian, participation in exhibitions and sometimes spoiled furniture and other expenses.