If you’ve done your research, you know every cat needs a ‘safe room’ in the first few days/weeks (depends on the character of the cat) after the adoption. A safe room is a room or closed off space in your house that’s not too busy, and not in the middle of all social interaction. A spare (bed)room would be perfect, but your own bedroom can also be used, as long as you keep it relatively quiet. The safe room needs to be kitty proof, and should contain the cat’s necessities.
I also made a checklist to show them how prepared I was; but this list also really helped me when I was figuring out how much money I needed to properly take care of a cat. Anyways, some things are optional, but here’s a general list of what you’ll need to buy before you get a cat. You’ll just have to decide for yourself if you’ll get everything on the list; I’ve written down some advice or reasons to buy these things under some of the not so obvious necessities.
I needed to show my parents I was prepared, not only for the cat itself, but also prepared for compromise. My parents don’t like the idea of fur all around, the cat in bedrooms, etc., so I made a list of house rules to suit their needs and preferences, but also my own and the cat’s. I did this by slowly poking around, asking what rules their old cats had, and asking my friends with cats what rules they had for their cats.
Now that you’ve gone through the research responsibility part, you’ve either decided its too much effort and too much money, or you’re like me, and decide everything will be totally worth it. It’s time to show your parents you are in fact responsible enough to own and take care of a cat.
Of course, there’s always financial responsibility. In my case, I’m planning to pay for Fin all by myself. So the research comes in handy once again.
Initial costs for a cat are different for everyone; purebred cats are often a lot more expensive than a rescue, but that doesn’t make them better cats by definition. There are many articles that can be found online to find out what better suits your needs and lifestyle, so look at those before you decide what kind of cat you want.