I don't know what brought it on but I woke up this morning thinking of getting a cat--a white cat! Why all of a sudden a cat--a white one at that--why I have no idea but before I go any further I want to know all the pros and cons plus costs and what you think!!
First of all do you think it is fair for any pet to be adopted by a person who is 84 years old? What will happen to the cat who will probably outlive me! I have had dogs, salt and freshwater fish tanks and birds and know what is needed for all and what to expect but I have no idea of cats except all I have heard plus reading Garfield!!
What does it cost to keep a cat? I know I have to pay a one time fee for a pet but I am talking about monthly costs. What about cat food? What kind? Approximately how much a month to feed a cat? Do they have to have milk? What about toys? What kind? And, oh yes, the litter box? What does that run? Does the litter have to be changed every day? Does a cat have to be trained (can they be??LOL) to use the litter box? And what's the best litter to buy/use?
I would probably go to a shelter to get him/her---should I go for a him or a her? Does it make a difference? I know it will cost a few bucks but do they do the neutering, chip and shots before you take the cat? It will be a strictly indoor cat!
Again this is what I heard and you know people talk :O) Will my plants be torn apart? Will I have to get rid of them--the plants, I mean? What about all my Internet/TV wires? Should I be concerned they will chew them? Will they claw the drapes?
What about claws--how often does a cat have to be groomed? Should they be declawed? Or how often do the nails have to be cut?
Do they need to have a water bowl available 24/7?
I am sure I have a million other questions but I do plan to do a lot of googling and binging known in the 'old days' as research, going to the library.
I just thought I would start with the professionals--people who have cats and who I have faith in!!! Now I know you will jump up and down and say YES!!! but think about it for me.