Cats are now our most popular domestic pet.
Some people acquire a cat almost by accident but if you make a conscious decision to get one you should think carefully before going ahead. A cat needs lots of love and care, including regular worming, vaccinations and dental care; you will also need to keep an eye out for ticks, fleas and ear mites. If your new kitten or cat hasn't been neutered you will also need to make arrangements for your pet to be neutered with your vet.
Cats are very independent and often go wandering over large distances, if your cat goes missing it is going to be very difficult for anyone to know who it belongs to, unless your cat carries some form of permanent identification. It is wise to get your cat microchipped, this will avoid heartache in the long run, should your cat go missing.
Don't forget that cats need somewhere warm to sleep, a litter tray, a constant supply of water, feeding daily and toys to play with. It costs approximately £25 a month to care for a cat, this includes food, litter, veterinary care and pet insurance; there will be other costs, including buying a litter tray and cattery charges when you go on holiday.
Cats can live up to 14 years old and longer, over this time your cat will expect lots of care, companionship, time for play and grooming. Being able to provide all of this will ensure you and your cat make the most of your time together.