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.
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 did my research in advance, to see if I could actually handle all the responsibility that comes with owning a cat. I asked around, reached out to friends and family with cats, but really, the internet is your best friend when it comes to research.