Adopting a cat can be one of the greatest decisions you ever make. It can even be life-changing. The little (or not so little) guy or gal you bring home just may end up being your best friend, your breakfast chit-chat companion, your most trusted confidant, and a tugger of heartstrings. Each cat has their own personality, some with more attitude than others, some with more energy, some with an endless need to be on your lap, and others who would prefer to keep a respectful distance at all times. You never really know what you’re getting into when you walk in to adopt a cat from an adoption center, or when you’re scanning online for your new best fur friend, but that’s part of the joy of the journey – getting to know your new cat.
However, the decision to adopt a cat shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many factors to be taken into consideration when adopting a cat (or cats!). You’ll need to think about how much time and energy you will have to dedicate to your cat, budget for emergencies in addition to the routine costs of caring for your pet, and you will also likely need patience and a certain tolerance for a bit of mess.