Cat Checklist: “Before You Buy”

This checklist contains important questions that you should discuss with your family before buying a cat. And there’s a “Parents’ Info” section at the end. There you will also find the option to print out this list.

1. 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. 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. 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. Do you have enough money to look after your cat?

Your cat doesn’t just need food and toys. If your pet gets ill, you’ll have to take it to the vet and it could need medication or an expensive operation.

5. Does your whole 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.

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