Thinking about getting a cat? Here are some benefits and negatives to consider– super helpful if you’re asking yourself, “Should I get a cat?”
I love my cats. In fact, it was my idea to get them. I persuaded the hubby to get one at the beginning of our marriage, and a second cat four years later…when we were in a two-bedroom place. I won’t go into details of the dimensions, but it was small.
We spent a lot of time fighting the litter box smell. These are a life-saver.
Again, I love my cats, but there are a few things I wish someone had warned me about…so I could mentally prepare.
1. They are expensive. Honestly, if it wasn’t for the expenses, I would be adopting pets left and right. I had NO idea how much they would cost. And my cats have never had expensive treatments or surgeries. Just vet visits, food, litter, accessories (furniture, toys, etc) is a lot of money. Also, our cats like pretty low-key lives. Lots of naps, not much activity. So they put on weight, which means pricey diet food.
2. Get over it and clean up the poop/pee/puke. Even the potty-trained ones behave like newborn babies from time to time. One of the biggest perks to rescuing/adopting a cat, is that they are–usually–already litter box trained. This doesn’t stop them from coughing up hairballs, peeing/pooping outside of the litter box, or marking their territory. These things happen alot. Sometimes for a good reason, sometimes not.
3. They might eat your plants….and possibly decorations. At least with our cats, we can’t have plants, flowers, or herbs in the house. They chew on them. They also chew on ribbons from presents, strings on anything, and other random things. Then throw them up. It’s lovely. Christmas time is especially fun. One cat trying to climb the tree and the other one chewing on bows.
4. You may become allergic. I had a cat when I was a kid. I had two cats as an adult. Then I had kids and now I’m allergic to cats. Apparently this is something that can actually develop out of the blue. Having a baby can mess with your immune system. It’s not unbearable, and I take steps to keep it under control (bedroom is a no-kitty zone, taking allergy meds, etc.) but it’s kind of crazy that I became allergic to my own pets.
5. They are nocturnal animals. Some people sleep with their cats. I wouldn’t, even if I wasn’t allergic. Mostly because they’d wake us up at 4am, demanding to be fed. We close our door, and it’s all good. But if either of us needs to sleep on the couch for the night (baby issues, sick kid, snoring spouse), it’s like a three-ring circus in our living room. The cats fight, howl, sprint from one room to the next-usually bumping into furniture-, bat small items all around the room, and occasionally meow loudly for no good reason at all. Why not? They can sleep all day…
6. They have an inferiority complex. When we first got Boots, he must have had some self-esteem issues. Anytime something on the table was taller than him, he would knock it over. And no, he wasn’t allowed on tables. We would leave the room, and candlesticks, bottles of hairspray, and (my personal favorite) glasses of water would get knocked over left and right. Relax buddy, it’s just a glass! This has us in stitches.
Of course, one must balance this all out by listing the good parts of having cats. The good stuff clearly outweighs the bad, most days.
They greet me at the door when I come home. Our cats are a bit like dogs and they run to the door every time someone comes home. It’s sweet.
They know exactly when to cuddle. Perfect for hygge.
Their happy expressions. Nothing better than when you’re petting a cat, and they turn around and “smile” at you. Their eyes get heavy and you know that they are pleased.
My kids love them. My older daughter in particular has totally bonded with one of our cats. He must be with her at all times. Did you know that cats can imprint on humans and have favorites? So cute. I just need to teach my kids to clean up the cat messes, rather than just pointing to them, and yelling “Gross!!”. Kidding.
So that’s how I would lay it out for someone who was weighing the decision to get a pet. It’s not easy, but they make it worth your while. And then some.