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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
"You have now learned to see That cats are much like you and me And other people whom we find Possessed of various types of mind."
-T. S. Eliot

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