Are you planning on getting a new feline but cannot decide if you want to adopt a kitten or a cat—you should get? Caring for one is a real responsibility, and might change your perspective and priorities in life. However, choosing one is the true challenge. Both are equally irresistible. On the bright side, despite cats and kittens coming from the same family, both can be different in terms of characters, capabilities, and demand for attention which might be the best way to help you choose.
In this piece, we will be discussing factors you can take into consideration in choosing the perfect feline. Additionally, how much would it cost for you to get one? Think of this as the terms and conditions of the Guide to Feline 101 that you are going to sign.
Have you ever passed by a pet shop and saw an adorable soft little kitten sleeping? If so, did it ever make you stop and appreciate their cuteness?
Maybe it is all because of those massive crystal eyes staring directly into yours. Perhaps it is those tiny stubby paws reaching out of those cages. Either way, kittens are irresistible. It is no surprise that even those who do not like felines still have their hearts flutter when they see one on the internet.
At first, you may be very forgiving when these furry little pets make a mess. With just one “meow,” you are back to falling for their charms. But later on, despite their cuteness, they may start to trigger your patience.
What people tend to overlook is how much these kittens can be a responsibility. One time, you may be asking them to get off your kitchen counter; the next, you might be pulling them off your curtains. Kittens are incredibly energetic and playful. It is only natural for them to want to explore every corner of your home. The best thing to do here would be to remove anything that might be toxic or anything that may lead them to danger.
Kittens are excellent at making a mess. When owning one, it is necessary to devote extra time and energy for their learning. You have to make sure that your little furball will understand what to do and what not to do with a litter box. You have to guide them when they drink in bowls because there is a high chance that they still have not gotten it figured out and would just be spilling water all over the floor. They also enjoy knocking things over and digging in flowerpots.
For families with young children, adopting a kitten might be a poor choice. A kitten is fragile, and children might not fully understand the idea of being gentle around one. The possibility of hurting a kitten may be unavoidable. However, for families with older and more responsible children, a kitten would be a suitable choice. These children are equally as energetic as these kittens and might be able to chase them around.
In conclusion, adopting a kitten needs a ton of patience, time, and energy. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “free trial.” When you get one, you have to nurture it until it becomes more “user-friendly.” However, seeing them grow is the cherry on top of the cake. It will be rewarding and it will surely make you feel that all of your efforts were worth it.
Opting for cats is best if you are aiming for a more peaceful lifestyle. Cats require lesser attention compared to kittens. If you are a busy person who does not have enough time to look after a kitten, getting a cat is perfect for you.
Cats are independent; they are fine being left alone at home on a warm and cosy bed. You can leave for work feeling confident that your cat does not need much of your supervision. Unlike kittens, cats are already toilet-trained. You do not have to worry about that putrid smell greeting you at your doorstep because your cat made a mess.
Cats have their own personality. It is no wonder why people on the internet are obsessed with them. Though calmer than kittens, cats are playful too. They will roam around your house and climb every shelf that you own. Besides that, they also have to the tendency to intentionally knock off anything within their reach. Although it is a good source of entertainment, but fearing that all of your drinking glasses and vases might break, that is the sign that you need to give your cat some training and reprimand.
Lastly, cats are low-maintenance. Not only can you leave them at home with access to food and water, but they can also groom themselves. Cats naturally like taking care of themselves, which can save you a lot of time and effort.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ADOPT ONE?
Adopting a feline can cost you £20 to £2,000 depending on the age and the breed. Though you always have the option to adopt one for free, other expenses will vary, such as vaccinations and food. Additionally, according to some research, owning cats can actually be good for your health!