When it comes to choosing a cat, you will need to take a lot of factors into consideration before you reach a decision. The background, age and temperament of the cat are important. Will you adopt from a shelter or a private breeder? The health of the cat is also something you need to carefully consider. Having said that, should you adopt a special needs cat?
Can You Afford a Special Needs Cat?
A special needs cat can supply you and your family with years of joy and loyalty. However, you need to look beyond the here and now and make sure you can actually afford a special needs cat. For example, if the cat is diabetic you will be responsible for ensuring your pet is supplied with insulin, a special diet to help maintain his blood glucose levels, and regular visits to the vet. The costs can quickly climb, making it a struggle to keep going.
Time and Energy
Caring for a special needs cat takes more time and energy than if you owned a healthy cat. Some special needs cats need regular supervision, medication, injections and other types of care. That means you will not be able to leave your cat overnight on its own or go away for the weekend without having to make extra plans for the health and maintenance of the cat.
My Cat Samson
One of my cats was recently diagnosed with diabetes. As such, he requires insulin injections twice a day and a special diet to help keep him healthy. But there is more involved than simply maintaining his blood glucose levels. My husband and I also have to make sure we are home at specific times to administer his insulin injections and his meals must be regular. That means an evening out or an overnight stay for us both is out of the question, as at least one of us has to be home to take care of his needs.
Every Cat Deserves a Chance
Old, frail or special needs cats are often overlooked in favor of healthy kittens or young adult cats. However, every cat deserves a chance of life. Special needs cats should not automatically be a deal breaker. With proper care and attention, they can live a long, happy life.
When it comes to adopting a special needs you will need to seriously consider your decision, as you will be committing yourself to the lifelong care and maintenance of your new family addition. Can you afford the extra expense of caring for a special needs cat? A special needs cat will also require extra time and energy, which can be a real tie. But when all is said and done, if your finances and circumstances allow for you to adopt a special needs cat, it is well worth it. After all, every cat deserves a chance of life.
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