The Decision to Adopt
To adopt or not? Making this choice should not be taken lightly, and we are here to help guide you in the life-changing decision!
Cats can live for 20 (or more) years, so by adopting a kitten, you commit to as much as two decades of being the cat’s sole provider. Most people don’t think about the gravity of this commitment when they are snuggling with a tiny little purr-box with adorable eyes and teeny claws. The decision to adopt a kitten means that you owe this cat the security of a happy and healthy home for the duration of his or her life.
Many people think that cats are “low maintenance” compared to dogs. And while it’s true that cats do not require daily walks or extensive exercise, they deserve to have their physical, medical and emotional needs taken care of. Kittens especially demand a fair amount of your time and attention. You should anticipate playing with your little one for at least 15 minutes 2-3 times every day.
Having a cat is also a financial commitment. Nobody anticipates a visit to the animal emergency room that costs $1500 or more, but it can happen and you should be prepared for it. Of course, you should budget for a minimum annual medical checkup, but cats do get sick from time to time, some more than others. Vet visits and medications can add up quickly. Plus, you must provide quality food and fresh litter throughout their lives.
Even if you’re only thinking about adopting, now is the time to learn as much as you can. Kittens are notorious for getting into trouble; therefore you should always monitor your kitten to keep him or her safe. These babies find toys in the unlikeliest of objects, many of which are harmful for them. It is crucial that you take the necessary precautions to prevent mishaps from occurring.
Again, we at Tenth Life are thrilled when people ask for guidance in bringing home their new baby (or adult!). Never hesitate to ask for tips on making the transition a smooth and happy one.