First off, I’d like to explain why I won’t be adopting a cat from a local shelter. I really do support the cause, and when I live on my own, I’d like to rescue a cat from the shelter. I’m all for adopting, especially older cats; the kittens go fast, but with older cats, you have a great shot at actually knowing what they’re like before taking them home!
I moved into my grandparent’s home for a week while they were away to take care of their cats! I’ve taken care of a neighbours cat before this, which I mentioned in another post, but this wasn’t 24/7, and I only had to feed her.
To be honest, I’m so excited about being around cats for 5 days straight, that I’m even looking forward to learning to scoop out the litterbox.
Perhaps it’s the key element in trying to convince your parents; patience. I know its hard, you’re so excited, you really want this to happen, but you can’t push your parents. You can’t ask them about it every day, because it very likely won’t have the effect you want. To make it a little more bearable for yourself, put your goals down.
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.