5 Pros and Cons of Owning a Cat

3.Pet-Friendly Housing

This can be problematic for people who rent homes or apartments, rather than own them outright. Finding a new place to live is never easy, but when your housing pool is limited to pet-friendly rentals, it becomes even more difficult. It can be challenging to find a landlord who accepts cats due to their reputation for destroying carpets.

Once you find a pet-friendly landlord, you may see additional costs. Many apartments and rental properties charge additional pet rent or require a pet deposit upfront. Pet rent can range from $10 to $100 extra dollars per month, per pet, and the deposit is typically several hundred dollars. In most cases, these are non-refundable fees.

dog around to keep them company while you’re at work, they’ll be much more likely to find ways to pass the time before you get home.

4.Destructive Behaviors

Scratching is an essential behavior for all cats. Cats require adequate surfaces to scratch, but every cat is different. Some cats will only use scratching posts made of carpet, cardboard, or sisal rope. A poorly behaved cat will claw your furniture, your flooring, and even your walls. It’s up to you to figure out what kind of surface your cat likes to claw and how to deter them from clawing your valuable possessions.

Inappropriate urination can be a problem for cats. Usually, this is tied to health or behavioral conditions, but sometimes it can be as simple as your cat disliking a particular brand of cat litter. Even if a cat uses their litterbox correctly every time, a dirty litterbox smells. If you do not have the time to clean the litterbox often, your home will have an odor as well.

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5.Eventual Heartbreak

Most cat owners will have to face difficult decisions as their four-legged friend declines in health. The question of whether to treat a cat with an end-stage disease or to choose peaceful euthanasia is one that has no right answer. A study published in 2003 showed that one in five people still experience symptoms of grief a year after their pet’s death. Everyone who adopts a cat knows that the pain of losing their companion is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Getting a cat is not a decision to be made lightly. If you’re on the fence about whether you should get one, you should weigh the risks and benefits carefully. While a cat is only a small part of your life, you will be an enormous part of your cat’s life, so it’s only fair to make sure you’re ready to commit, for better and for worse.

Source: excitedcats.com

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