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Before you acquire a cat

You and a cat would be a perfect match if you...

  • Think that caring for a cat for at least 15 years is not long enough; 
  • Look forward to sharing your house with someone who sheds, tracks kitty litter all over the house, and up-chucks hairballs;
  • Want a warm, fuzzy, furball in your lap;
  • Don't mind having a cat read the newspaper with you by lying on it;
  • Look forward to caring for someone every day;
  • Think spaying and neutering is the right thing to do;
  • Think that counters and kitchen tables belong to the cat;
  • Want to spend money on veterinary care, cat food, cat toys, litter, and more litter;
  • Would live in a cardboard box rather than move to no-pet housing;
  • Believe that there is no better welcome than a cat's meow; "Dogs come when they're called, cats take a message and get back to you."
    --Warren Eckstein
  • Think that shredded furniture is the latest style in decorating;
  • Agree with cats that they are a superior intelligence;
  • Desire unconditional love and constant companionship;
  • Don't mind someone sleeping on your head; and
  • Think all cats should be indoor cats for their own well-being.

Average costs for cat care...

1st year vaccinations $75
Annual vaccinations $30 to $40
Leukemia/FIV test up to $30
Toys $25 annually
Boarding $6 / day
Feeding $300 annually
Spay/neuter $40 to $55
Flea/tick/heartworm $80 annually

(These estimates are averages of prices charged in Bloomington and Monroe County)

Reasons for keeping your cat indoors...

  • An indoor cat's average lifespan is 12 to 15 years while that of an outside cat is 4 to 5 years.
  • Crossing a street is far more dangerous than crossing the kitchen.
  • An indoor cat will not use your neighbor's garden as a litter box; your neighbor will be more neighborly.
  • With an indoor cat you will not have to feel guilty about all the songbirds and baby rabbits outdoor cats kill.
  • An indoor cat is far less likely to be attacked by roaming dogs, hungry coyotes, or other cats.
  • An indoor cat is a lot harder to steal.
  • An indoor cat is less likely to catch life-threatening diseases like Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
  • An indoor cat won't be exposed to poisons such as rodent bait, antifreeze, and garden chemicals.

Shopping list for a new cat...

  • Break-away collar, ID tag, and microchip
  • Full-size litter pan
  • Kitty litter
  • Litter scoop
  • Quality dry food
  • Two bowls - one for water and the other for food
  • Brush and comb
  • Nail clipper
  • Scratching post/mat (sisal or carpet)
  • Kitty bed/blanket/rug
  • Vinegar (mixed with water) for "accidents"
  • Toys
  • A video made for cats
  • Catnip or catmint (grow a little of this and your cat will think you are a very fine human)


City of Bloomington, IN
Last updated: Sept 13, 2009's quote of the day
"Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want."
-Joseph Wood Krutch

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