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Cat Checklist: “Before You Buy”

Is a cat suitable as a pet for me? This checklist contains five important questions that you should discuss with your family before buying a cat. Feel free to print this page so you can tick the boxes.

1. Life Expectancy

Can you look after a cat for 12-15 years?

Cats live from around 12 to 15 years. Maybe you won’t be in school anymore, and you might be training or studying in another place.


2. Allergy

Do you have any animal allergies?

Then, unfortunately, a pet might not be such a good idea. The same goes if a member of your family is allergic to animals.

3. Vacation

Can someone look after your cat if you go on vacation?

Cats don’t like to travel. They like to stay in the place they’re used to. It’s best if relatives can look after your pets while you’re away. Or friends that have their own pets. If not, there are always pet sitting services. But these cost money, and animals are often stressed when they’re removed from their usual environment.

4. Costs

Do you have enough money to look after your cat?

Cats (especially purebreds) are expensive to buy and need suitable food as well as toys. These popular four-legged companions also need regular vaccines and medicines. Sadly, animals do get sick now and then, and they need to see a veterinarian. They may even need expensive operations. You can’t just live in denial and pretend it will never happen.


A cat can cost 10,000 to 20,000 euros throughout its whole life. Depending, of course, on how long it lives. That’s a lot!

We’ve listed all the monthly costs for a cat in detail in a separate article.

5. Does Your Family Agree With the Decision?

After all, your parents will be responsible for your pet. They have to agree. Even your siblings should get a say in getting a new family member.

Parents’ Info

A pet can be a great experience for kids. Here are five reasons pets are good for children:

Children with pets:

  • Learn about responsibility.
  • Develop confidence and empathy.
  • Are more active and get sick less often.
  • Are less stressed and suffer from less anxiety.
  • Feel less alone when their parents are at work.

Please don’t forget that parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s pets. Your child is allowed to help with feeding and cleaning but shouldn’t attempt these jobs alone until they’re at least 12 years old.