Seeing those kittens in the window as you walk into town. Scrolling through Instagram and being blessed with tiny furballs of love. Kittens are everywhere and really, it’s pretty great. It’ll leave you telling your partner “So, when are we having our own?”, a kitten we mean, not a baby. Though, is there a difference?
The question is though, no matter how cute they are, are you really ready for the responsibility of becoming a parent? Here are the signs you are ready to get your first kitten!
You Have Done Your Research
Kittens cost a lot of money to look after, there are insurance costs, food bills, treatments and the many trips to the vets that you will need to make. Not to mention all of the things you will need for your home to keep your kitten comfy; such as lush cat beds, suave collars, durable toys, scrumptious treats, and reliable flaps for when they are old enough to roam the garden.
You Have The Time
Money is very important in being able to look after a kitten but so is time. So, while you will need to be working or have the financial capability to give your new fur baby a life of luxury, you also need to be able to take some time off. Bonding with your kitten and ensuring the first few weeks and months go off without a hitch is vital to a happy kitten and a happy you, soon you’ll be BFF’s.
You’ve Slept On It, Over and Over
A kitten for your Birthday, Christmas or even a proposal can seem like the most romantic of all gestures. However, it is not a decision that you can make overnight or in the moment. Like planning for a family, you need to make sure that not only are your life circumstance suitable, it’s also that you are ready to make that leap into parenthood.
You’ve Been Scouting Your Local Adoption Centres
The best way to get your new kitten is certainly through rescuing them rather than being bought off gumtree (huge animal welfare risks). So, if you’ve been ogling mittens who is waiting down the road from you in a rescue center for months, maybe it’s time to go visit. It may take a few attempts before you find your new friend, after all, pets choose us!
You Know The Difference Between An Animal And Family
It’s very easy to see our four-legged friends as animals but a true animal lover knows that each animal that is brought home is a member of the family. If you are willing to give the next decade and a half (as well as all your love) to little mittens, then yeah, you’re ready.
Ultimately the decision is down to you and you probably already know the answer inside. Considering you are reading this article, it may mean that you are well on your way to kitten heaven! The real question is, how many kittens are you going to adopt?