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    Default Tell me about owning a cat

    The kids are hassling us for a cat and we're really not sure what costs are involved beyond the initial shelter adoption fees.

    It would be a strictly indoors cat, do they need a yearly vaccine if inside only? What about fleas/worming, are they an issue for inside only cats? Any other costs that I haven't thought of? (Obviously know we'll need litter and food!)

    We don't want to go rushing into anything, just want to make an informed decision

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    Do you go on holidays? We aren't cat people but we have a dog and going on holidays is a big consideration with having pets.

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    I have 2 cats. I still vaccinate yearly. Definitely worm. If there are no issues with fleas and indoor only I would not bother.

    You will (of course) need food. I would not suggest getting supermarket food (dried or tinned). You can give wings/chicken necks as their raw meat and for their teeth.

    Otherwise my cats have been pretty healthy. They are 5 years old.

    Toys etc can be bought if you want.

    Oh definitely scratching posts. And be prepared for scratched furniture/screens.

    And litter. Depending on what they like will depend on how much you spend.

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    Not often, maybe a week every two years. That's definitely something we'd need to think about though. Would a cat be ok for a few days if we had family drop in to feed each day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by just her chameleon View Post
    Not often, maybe a week every two years. That's definitely something we'd need to think about though. Would a cat be ok for a few days if we had family drop in to feed each day?
    Our IL's come in to feed/play every 2 days or so if we are away.

    You can also hire a cat sotter who comes in to change food, water, litter and to play every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    Our IL's come in to feed/play every 2 days or so if we are away.

    You can also hire a cat sotter who comes in to change food, water, litter and to play every day.
    Would you do that for a week straight? Have you inlaws come every second day? Would the cat be ok (not too lonely)?

    Sorry if these are silly questions, I just don't want to say yes and then be stuck in a really hard place!

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    We have done it for a week.

    Any longer and I am not comfortable with that. My SIL came to stay at our house when we went to Europe for 4 weeks.

    Our cats seem ok with it. It does depend a little on temperament though. But generally they are pretty independent. And mine are a little older so do not need as much play and interaction (I literally patted them this morning - they went downstairs to eat. Smooched a little and went to sleep and did not emerge until about 6pm). They smooch for a while then lurk around looking at geckos outside. And bugs. Run around a bit. And then will sleep again when we go to bed lol.

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    Ok thank you I was just looking at worming treatments and it looks like intestinal worms are covered by one treatment but heartworms need another. Do you treat for both?

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    Oh and for an indoor cat, what you do think of pet insurance?

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    Honestly I wouldn't bother about pet insurance for an inside cat.
    I've had cats all my life. I love them as low maintenance but still loving pets.
    I agree with not feeding supermarket brand foods. I feed my rag doll the hills science dry food (she doesn't like wet food) and she loves it. It costs maybe $70 a bag but lasts ages.
    She has an annual vet check. I do worm and immunise her. And she was desexed but of course if it's an adopted cat that will probably already be done.

    I think they make great pets!


 

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