What to prepare?

Getting a cat (or any pets) is like having a baby. You need to prepare. But what do you need to have ready in hand before taking the baby home? I am here to help! Let’s dig in! I would like you to ask yourselves a few questions.

Are you ready to commit?

Yes, commit. A cat is a 15-year commitment. Some cats even live as long as 25 years. My friend’s cat lived with him for 20 years since birth and passed away due to old age just at the beginning of 2021. So, imagine living with a cat for 15-20 years! Are you ready for that?

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Ocean and Riley (adopted)

A cat is NOT DISPOSIBLE. You CANNOT just get one cat for a few months for fun then ditch. It is WRONG! Remember, once you get a cat (or any pets), they become a part of your family. Will you ever dump your child? Absolutely not right? So, please don’t ever dump the cat. I know you might argue that “but so many people are dumping their pets”. BUT you are DIFFERENT from them. You are kinder, much more educated and your heart is full of love and compassions.

Have you made sure you and your family are not allergic to cats?

This is very important because I have experienced people returning the cats because their family members are allergic to cats. It isn’t their fault but it is harmful for the cat’s mental health because they are trying to settle in the new place and now they are returned. Again, just like adopting a kid, you don’t want the kid to move from house to house. So please make sure when you get a cat, this issue has been handled.

In all likelihood, allergies can be controlled by antihistamines. If you or any of your family members are allergic but you still insist on taking the cat in, consult with your doctor for the best solution. My dear friend has asthma and she is highly allergic to cats but she has 3 cats. Before getting her first one, she talked to her doctor, mentioning that ditching the allergens wasn’t a solution for her. She bought all the necessary stuff to make sure she wouldn’t be affected so much. Make sure you have an air purifier, wash hands carefully after interacting with the cat. As I always say, where there is will, there is way.

Have you thought about the medical conditions that might come with the cat?

Cats, like humans, do need medical care from time to time. Although cats need less attention than dogs. they do need regular health checkup. In order to keep a cat healthy, as well as to make sure the well-being of you and your family, vaccinations are THE MUST. That includes two tricat vaccines and one rabies vaccine in the beginning then one each every year.

Additionally, you also should check on the cat’s skin. Some cats can develop skin infections or fungal diseases by themselves, due to stress. Plus, cats’ kidneys and livers are not very good to start with. They often need regular blood test to make sure those organs are functioning properly. When the cats are old enough, they need spaying/neutering if you don’t want to suffer from female heat and male marking habits, and the possibilities of losing them if they run away.

Are you ready for doing all that? That includes financial capability.

Are you financially prepared?

Keeping a cat is relatively cheap. Cats don’t eat much. But you still need to do a little shopping in the beginning for food, sand, litter box and a carrier. That’s quite a bit. Every month/week, you will need to get them food, sand. If you want to invest, you can buy them treats, toys, cat trees, etc. All of those things cost money. Are you ready for that?

Are you willing to take the cat with you if ever you have to move?

This should be the biggest concern every cat owner has. As an expat, I do understand the frustration. You want to have a cat, you love them but you don’t know if you can take them with you if ever you leave the country for good. So, if you ask me, I would say if you are not sure, don’t get a cat. Because once a cat is used to be a house cat, it is very very very difficult for it to survive in the streets. You would say “but I won’t dump, I will put up for adoption”. Then I would say “who will adopt?” and “are you sure that adopter will take the cat with them?” So the life of the cat will look like moving from house to house and eventually, when no one adopts it, streets will be its home. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

Another issue is that not all accommodations allow pets. If you are living in your own house, that is wonderful. But if you are renting, having a cat will narrow down the range of availabilities for you. You will need to make sure the new place allows pets. if it doesn’t, no matter how much you love it, you can’t take. If you can’t do this, you shouldn’t take in a cat.

Have you done any research about how to take care of a cat?

If you are experienced in having cats, you might have already known. But if you are a first-timer, do spend sometimes doing some research. After doing research, you will know how old you want your cat to be. I wouldn’t suggest a first-time cat owner adopting a kitten because kittens might need more special care, although people do believe that having a kittens builds a stronger bond with their cats. It might appear so when the cats are still small but once they grow up, they will develop their own characters; and some cats don’t like humans so much (like my Mao who has been with me since she was about 1 month and now she is a “don’t touch me” cat). So it really depends on the characters of the cat’s. Be ready for that!

If you have done all of these seriously and you are still willing to give a cat a home, YOU ARE READY! In that case, I am beyond happy to help you find the cat of your dream and take ’em home!


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