Important Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Cat

Important Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Cat

Important Questions to Ask Before Adopting a CatThere are over 95 million cats in the U.S., largely because they make such good companions for humans. There are also many cats in shelters who need a loving home, so if you're considering getting a cat, adoption is a great way to go. But before you bring home a cute little furball, you'll want to be sure that you're ready for what lies ahead. One important consideration is what veterinary expenses may look like. At Animal General Hospital, our local veterinary staff would be happy to answer any questions you have about feline veterinary care before you proceed with the adoption. Here are some important questions to ask yourself before you adopt a cat.

Am I prepared to make a long-term commitment?

You shouldn't adopt a cat impulsively, no matter the level of cuteness. Rather, this should be a decision made with the long-term in mind. Cats can live for 20 years, and some live even longer. So you'll want to be sure that you're ready for decades of care and companionship.

How much will I need to spend on cat food?

Basic cat food costs tend to run between $200 and $500 annually. If you buy higher-quality food that is rich in nutrients, then you'll end up spending on the higher end of the spectrum, but this is a good way to help optimize your cat's health. In some cases, cat's have unique needs that require a prescription diet. In such scenarios, the cost is usually around $500 per year.

What will I need to add to my home?

Cats need to scratch, which they do to mark territory and remove their claws' dead outer layers. Purchasing a scratching post will give your cat a designated place to scratch, which will hopefully get them to leave your furniture alone. Also, indoor cats should have a litter box that is kept in the same place and kept clean.

How much will veterinary care cost?

Your cat should receive annual or semi-annual checkups. This typically costs between $100 and $200 each year. But you'll also want to have some savings set aside in case your cat suffers an injury or illness that requires an unexpected bill. Pet insurance is something you could consider, and our veterinary staff could help you decide whether that seems like a good idea for your cat.

Veterinarian in Miami Springs, FL

If you're considering adopting a cat and have questions about the veterinary care that will be needed, contact Animal General Hospital at (786) 288-5736. Our experienced veterinary staff members are cat lovers and will be happy to answer your questions!

Posted: November 2021