1.A Long Commitment
Cats live a long time; the average indoor cat lives for more than 15 years. Super-senior cats often make it past 20. When adopting a cat, you’re committing to provide them with a safe, stable home for many years. Many life changes can happen in two decades that could make having a cat more difficult.
Cats are typically affordable pets, but vet care can add up quickly. In their first year, most veterinarians recommend several vaccines. These are usually spread between several vet appointments. Spaying or neutering a pet also can cost upward of $100, although community-funded spay and neuter programs can be a low-cost option.
Veterinary care also includes dental checkups and cleanings. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, by the time they reach three years of age, 70% of cats have a dental disease that requires medical intervention.
As your cat ages, you’ll need to see a vet more often. Many vets recommend an annual checkup. Once your cat reaches 9 or 10 years of age, these visits usually include an array of blood tests to monitor organ function and check for signs of chronic disease.Our Favorite Deal Right Now