Before setting out to find your new pet, you'll need to consider how much a cat costs to buy and keep, and whether or not you can truly afford one, before he or she quite literally eats you out of house and home.
Cats are wonderful companions and will enrich your life in all sorts of unsuspected ways, so it's not just a one-way trade.
They do need 'forever homes' though, so before you go ahead, do make sure that you look at all the costs involved in keeping your cat in comfort for the rest of his or her life.
Those costs can mount up
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Do I want a kitten ...
Or would I prefer to adopt an older cat?
Pedigree kittens from Siamese and other breeds can cost hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds or dollars, depending on whether you want a pet quality kitten (the least expensive) or a kitten for show purposes (the most expensive).
Kittens from the more unusual breeds (Bengals, for example) can cost a great deal of money.
If you're thinking of buying a kitten, contact at least three different breeders to get an idea of the range of costs in your area.
Adopting older cats from a rescue center generally costs much less than buying a kitten, and you have the added benefit of feeling good about giving a loving home to an otherwise unwanted animal.
Some rescues don't charge at all for re-homing adult cats, while others ask for a donation towards their always considerable veterinary and feed costs.
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