As a child, I had some really bad allergies. I don’t remember it being strange or weird, because it was the only thing I ever knew. I just accepted it as normal to always have trouble breathing, always have a runny nose, and always be carrying around some tissues. I was allergic to a couple of different things. Springtime was especially bad, but even in the winter I would get allergies from dust collected around the house or in the heating system. I was especially allergic to cats. As soon as I would go into a home that had some cats, I would instantly feel itchy eyes, my nose would start to run, and it would only get better as soon as I left the house.
The Initial Purchase
Second, check with the adoption agency what is included with the cat. Some places, like SPCA, will do all of the cats vaccine shots, as well as spay or neuter the cat. Other places, like the pound, will take care of the reproductive organs, but do not do the shots. Therefore you will have to do those shots yourself, meaning that your initial purchase costs go up. So don’t just check the purchase price, make sure that you know if you need to purchase anything else before you can take the cat home.
The Required Equipment
As a side note, you’ll want to have a litter box even if you are planning on having your cat be an outside cat. It’s a good idea to acclimatize your cat to their new home for a few weeks before they are let outside. In addition, most adoption agencies use litter boxes, so it will help ease the transition by ensuring that the place they poop, at least, is the same. On the same note, try to bring home some of the food that the cat was already eating. Make their food transition slowly so as to not upset the cat’s stomach.
The Maintenance Costs
All in all, our cat really won’t cost us that much. After the initial purchase (about $260 including shots), our cost of owning a cat will be a little less than $50/month to keep fed, clean, and healthy. Based on how awesome he is already, however, that is money well spent. Do you have a cat? How much does your cat cost?