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Are Cats the Right Pet for You?

As of 2022, there are 8.5 million cats in Canada, which is a number that overtakes the dog population (7.9 million). This shows just how beloved these felines are, and they're definitely treated like royalty.


Cute Cat ready to play

The fact that cats are so independent is a huge draw for animal lovers, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're great for every person or household. So before you run out and adopt a pet, you should first learn about cat requirements. That way, you'll know if you can provide the best conditions for them.


Read on to see some considerations to help you determine if cats are right for you.


Lifestyle

When debating whether cats or dogs make better pets, cats win if you're a busy person. They don't require as much attention or exercise, but they still need daily care, feeding, and affection, in addition to proactive preventative care.


If you have a hectic lifestyle or travel frequently, then a cat might be a suitable companion. They can entertain themselves for longer periods than dogs can.


Living Situation

Cats can adapt well to different living situations, including apartments, houses, and rural areas.

However, it's essential to consider any restrictions or rules regarding pets in your living space, especially if you don't own your house. It's illegal for your landlord to increase rent if you own a pet, but they're well within their rights to either refuse to rent to you or charge a higher security deposit.


Time and Commitment

Yes, cats are generally low-maintenance pets. However, they still require time and commitment.

You'll need to spend time feeding, grooming, playing, and providing companionship for your feline friend. In addition, cats can live for 15 years or more, so it's certainly a long-term commitment.


Financial Responsibility

Owning a cat comes with financial responsibilities, including food, litter, grooming supplies, and other essentials.


More importantly, count on pet care at the veterinarian. Responsible pet owners should be taking their companions in for regular checkups, as well as spontaneous visits if something's wrong. You should be prepared for the costs associated with cat ownership.


Personality Compatibility

Felines have different personalities, just like humans do. Some are independent and aloof, while others are affectionate and social.


Consider what type of personality you prefer in a pet. Then, spend time interacting with different cats to find one that matches your preferences.


Regardless, cats can be quirky and have their own unique behaviours. It's essential to have patience and understanding as you build a relationship with your pet and learn to interpret its cues and body language.


Will You Add Cats to Your Household?

Cats can be a wonderful addition to your household, especially if you crave companionship but don't have the energy or time to take care of a dog.


But before you bring home a kitten, ensure that your home is fully prepared for their arrival. That way, your new family member will have a safe and comfortable environment from day one.


If you decide to become a cat owner, then your pet will need a vet. In that case, contact us to sign your kitty up. We at Glenridge Animal Hospital have a full suite of vet care.

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