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If you have been mithered by the kids to get a pet then you may be busy thinking about which one you want to get. If you don’t have the time or you are not home a lot during the day then a cat might be the best option. They like to be alone and will generally just curl up somewhere and sleep for the majority of the day. What you need to be aware of is that cats like to roam, and they can wander far from home at times. Take a look below to see if you have what it takes to own a cat. 

Budget

One of the first things you need to think about when getting any pet is how much you have available. This doesn’t just include the price of the pet but also all the paraphernalia you are going to need that comes with them. If you are rehoming a cat from a rescue center then they normally ask for a donation of around £200. This includes any vet bills and food that the cat has received while they have been there. Your new pet will also need a bed, food, toys, and a litter tray. 

Space

Cats love to roam free, they don’t want to be cooped up indoors all day. How much space do you have to offer your new cat? If you live in a flat or apartment then they may not have much room to run and chase the birds. However, if you live in a house with a garden then they will be in their element. Do be aware that they do like to escape and give you mini heart attacks when they don’t respond when called. There is a solution for this, an outdoor cat enclosure will save you any hassle of an escapee. Take a look and see which solution is best for you and your garden. 

Breed

When you are wanting to get a cat you will need to decide on the breed you want to own. There are many different ones to choose from, in the UK there are eleven top breeds of cats to own. These include Tabbies, British Shorthair, Bengal, Siamese, Maine Coon, Persian, Ragdoll, Russian Blue, Scottish Fold, Savannah Cat, and Sphynx. When it comes to choosing a breed, be aware that the rarer they are the more they will cost you. The insurance for these pets will also be quite high so it is worth shopping around for the best deal. 

Allergies

There are quite a few people in the UK who are allergic to cats. If you are allergic to cats, then you should know that it isn’t the actual cat you are allergic to, it is the saliva that they produce. All cats produce this saliva so there isn’t a cat that is hypoallergenic. The good news is there are cats out there that produce less of this saliva, so you could get one of these. Hairless cats, Siamese, and Bengal cats are great examples of cats that don’t produce as much saliva as others. 

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