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."
- 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"
- 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