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Parenting & Family > Pets > Cat Lovers: Help Needed

Cat Lovers: Help Needed

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.

posted on May 16, 2020 10:28 AM ()


Usually the answer is Chinese style with hot sauce, but I see your question has a different flavor.
I'm 67 and Donna is a bit younger. My boyz lived to be 16 and 17 so I know I couldn't outlive a puppy. So we adopted a pair of 11-year-old lap dogs. Should work out just about right. Good luck. I hope you don't mind the smell of cat piss.
comment by jjoohhnn on May 17, 2020 12:49 PM ()
I had a younger one, but...
reply by jjoohhnn on May 17, 2020 3:57 PM ()
Well IF I was your age I would marry someone very much younger than me too but I will not be leaving enough insurance for them to get a youn ger human to keep them!
reply by greatmartin on May 17, 2020 1:46 PM ()
You didn't mention trips to the vet. Annual checkup (including rabies, etc.) can be $150. Extra vet trips for (suspected) sickness can be $300-500. ER on weekend with ultrasound, blood test, etc.

Initial shots and neutering are usually included in the adoption fee.

You may want to opt for a female, because males can be prone to urinary problems. Our last two cats have had such issues.

They tend to like grass-like plants, but otherwise leave them alone.

Our cats have been interested in cable ends, but the cables themselves. Like the ends of USB cables or USB/thumb drives.

Training them to use litter box is not something we have had to worry about. They figure it out.

Declawing is not common these days. Regular trimming, training, and scratching posts, etc. instead. "Domestic short hair" cats have "normal-length" fur. Our cats have been and we generally have brushed them once a week.

Water should be available 24/7, yes. They don't drink milk.

Cat litter is clumping these days, so just scoop out the clumps daily and add more as needed. Changes of the whole litter box are rare, so the 16 lb litter jugs (refill $8 or something from Petco) last a while.

You should make survival plans; designate a person to take care of her after you die, in case she does (probably will live to be 10-15 years).
comment by stiva on May 16, 2020 4:02 PM ()
Right now I am just collecting information! Already decided and old cat--maybe a pair. A rescue place near me has 2 bothers--about 12 years old.
reply by greatmartin on May 17, 2020 1:48 PM ()

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