Both of my parents already knew I love cats, and that I want one myself, this made it a little easier to talk to them about it, as it didn’t seem like an impulse decision. They have to know you’re serious about this, and that you know exactly what you’re getting into.
I used all my research to compile a list of tasks, if you will, that you are responsible for when you own a cat. The list is a little biased, as I want a Ragdoll cat (Long-haired, their fur needs a little more maintenance).
- The cat needs to be fed at least twice a day, and the water needs to be changed frequently. Water fountains are preferable.
- The litterbox needs to be scooped out at least twice a day, but preferably every time after it’s used. (Accidents will always be cleaned up)
- The water/food dishes need to be thoroughly cleaned at least twice a week, and always after wet food. (Rinse the dishes with water every day if you can)
- The litterbox should be thoroughly cleaned around every two weeks; the same time you replace all the litter.
- The rooms which the cat frequents most should be vacuumed about 3 times a week.
- The cat should be washed and weighed every month or so.
- Nails should be clipped every two weeks, or whenever you feel it necessary. Be careful with this!
- The cat should have at least a yearly check up with the vet.
- The cat should be groomed at least twice a week. (This actually prevents hairballs)
- There should be at least half an hour of active play with the cat every day; jumping, chasing, or even walking on a leash.
- If the cat breaks anything, it will be paid for.
I asked cat owners to help me compile the list, but if you find anything you think I should improve on, feel free to send me a message!