1. Lifestyle Match
Cats are independent animals, but they can’t quite take care of themselves. Is there a predictable routine in your life or will you often stay late at work? Be honest and truthful to those questions before going forward with your decision. Different cats require different amounts of attention so do your research and find a type that works for you. General rule of thumb is that the more intelligent the cat is, the more attention and grooming it needs.
This one might be obvious, but you can’t be sure you’re not allergic to cats until you get tested. Again, different cats have different degrees of allergens so consult your vet, books, and nearby animal shelters for more information. The last thing you want is making the commit and not being able to follow through due to allergy reasons.
3. Check ups and Immunization
There are a few errands that you need to get through especially at the beginning of adopting a cat, such as getting immunization, neutering, etc. Make sure you put in the effort to find a good vet at a convenient location for you.
There is more to litters than you may think. Do you want a covered or an open box? Do you want the litter to clump or not to clump? How much do you want to spend on litter materials? Do some research and find a solution that works for you and your cat.
5. Cat Insurance
The cost of vet can stack up should something major happen so it is worthwhile to at least look into the option of cat insurance. Here is a great article that breaks down your options.