When you become a pet owner, your new animal’s life will not only change, but your life will change for the better as well. Undoubtedly, this new addition to your family will affect your schedule, expenses, health, and more. So if you are thinking of adopting a cat, here are some ways how your life will change after you get a cat.

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1. No more Christmas Trees, nice decorations, or certain plants

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If you are someone who has a home with glass decorations, little figurines, and puts up a Christmas tree every winter holiday season, you might have to think a little before you adopt a cat.

Decorations and Figurines

Not every cat has the urge to walk over your desk or table and randomly knock over your things, but some cats will do so to get attention or test gravity in general. So, it depends on the personality of your cat, but if you are thinking about getting a cat, you may have to re-arrange your prized possessions or any knick-knacks you keep laying around.

Plants

If you are a cat and a plant person, then you need to be careful about the kinds of plants you have in your home because there is a variety that are toxic to cats. And, some cats like to dig through the soil of potted plants. To keep both your feline friend and some greenery in your home, here is a list of house plants that are safe for your pet.

Christmas Trees

This is probably true for any person or family who has a cat or cat(s) – Christmas trees and cats do not mix. At all. So if you want peace in the house and to keep your cat, you are going to have to make the sacrifice of not having a huge real Christmas tree during the holiday season.

For those who have cats who may not cause that much trouble around a Christmas tree, here are some things you should keep in mind:

  • Don’t have a real Christmas tree – it is toxic to your cat
  • Don’t use tinsel – your cat can choke on it
  • Make sure your tree has a firm base so it can’t fall over
  • Be careful if you want to string lights
  • Don’t hang any expensive or fragile ornaments on the bottom of the tree where you cat can play with them

Jackson Galaxy has a very informational video about cats and Christmas trees. You can watch below:

Here are some products you may be interested:

2. No more privacy

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People say cats aren’t affectionate, but the truth is, cats just don’t want to admit it and show their true feelings. Once you get a cat, you will notice that you have a new shadow following you everywhere to the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, etc. If you are working at your desktop or on your laptop, your kitty may be inclined to lay across your keyboard vying for your attention.

3. Your spending habits will change

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With any addition to your family – a new sibling, child, plant, or animal – your expenditures will definitely increase. And for cats, who can be on the pickier side, you may end up purchasing beds, toys, and contraptions that may never be used.

New expenses:

  • Vet bills – medicine, vaccines, emergency visits
  • Food – dry and canned food, treats
  • Water – bowls, fountains
  • Litter – boxes and litter
  • Toys

Here are some products that your cat might like:

Cat Water Fountain Stainless Steel Price: $29.99

Some cats get dehydrated because they refuse to drink old or stale water. Make sure to give your cat fresh water every day or provide a water fountain that mimics a moving stream or brook.

Raised Cat Food Bowl Collection Price: $7.99

To help your cat’s digestive health and allow your cats to not eat on the floor, buy some raised or elevated cat bowls. A cheaper option is to put your cat’s bowl on some books to lift them up.

IRS Top Entry Cat Litter Box Price: $26.98

Most cats need to use a large litter box to have enough space to move around and feel covered. Not all cats will like a covered litter box, so it depends on your cat’s personality, but this litter box will capture the litter that your kitty’s paws track.

4. You start cleaning a lot more

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With cats come fur, hair, hairballs, vomit, and poop. Cats are relatively clean animals, but accidents do happen. And if you have a cat that just has more hair than others, you will end up cleaning up tufts of fur more often.

To maintain a clean and fresh-smelling apartment or house, make sure to vacuum and sweep almost every day, and brush your cat so your cat doesn’t shed so much hair. In addition, make sure to clean the litter box at least once a day. I recommend checking it once in the morning and night, and whenever your cat uses it.

5. Your home set up will change

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In order to have a happy cat, you must “Catify“, a term Jackson Galaxy has defined as setting up your home in a way that will make you and your cat happy and comfortable. Check out one of his videos about this:

You will have to make room for new furniture for your cat such as:

  • Litter box(es)
  • Scratching Post
  • Water fountain
  • Spaces for your cat to sleep in and hide

You also need to be aware of certain furniture that may be affected:

  • Leather or fabric furniture like couches may be scratched (remember, please do not declaw your cat!)
  • Exposed wires should be hidden or moved if cats will bite them
  • Washer and Dryer doors should be closed

If you have a lot of wires around your home or a cat who likes to nibble, I recommend investing in the Cord Protector below.

6. Your schedule changes

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Once you adopt a cat, say goodbye to sleeping in. Cats generally have a sense of time and accustom themselves to a daily routine. So basically, your schedule will soon revolve around theirs, and if you feed your cat breakfast a certain time, they will remember when to wake you up.

7. You place your food differently

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Some cats – especially cats that were once feral or on the streets – will eat whatever foods they see lying around unattended. Or generally, most cats will sniff and try to nibble at any food they find in your home.

Once you get a cat, it is important for you to create a habit of covering your food, meals, or snacks, and certainly put away any foods that may be toxic to them. You don’t want your pet to eat something wrong and have to take an emergency visit to the vet. Read here for a list of foods that are dangerous and toxic to cats.

8. You have a new obsession

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Like having a brand new baby – I’m not actually comparing getting a cat to having a new baby, but you understand the analogy – a cute, little fur-baby will become your new obsession and you will find your phone gallery filled with pictures of your cat doing anything: sleeping, eating, staring, or playing. In addition, you will definitely be seeing your social media feeds flooded with pictures and videos of cats more than ever before. Don’t worry about this new obsession, however, it’s completely normal.

9. Your cleaning products change

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Many store-bought or branded cleaning products contain tons of chemicals that are toxic to cats. Therefore, you can switch to using natural cleaning products or make your own to help your pet and also save the environment by using less chemicals and plastics.

To make your own cleaning products, the main or basic ingredients you need are: vinegar, baking soda, and lemons.

Here are some cleaning products that are animal-safe:

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner (Pack of 3) Price: $11.97

Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products are not only natural and use simple ingredients, they are also safe to use around pets.

10. You’re a lot more careful and have quicker reflexes

Cats and books and plants
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Cats are graceful and nimble creatures, but you still need to be careful when you close doors, cabinet doors, fridges, and move your chairs. And with things like cups and bowls on tables, or plastic and garbage laying around, you will soon get into the habit of picking things up quickly so your cat won’t ingest them or moving things around so they won’t fall.

11. You care about other social issues

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When we interact with animals and they become our companions, we can learn lessons from them such as learning to have empathy and compassion for other human beings, animals, and society in general. For the most part, having a dog or cat will open our eyes to animal welfare issues and more issues about vulnerable populations.

Some ways you can help out animal shelters or animal welfare organizations are:

  • Donate monthly to a local animal shelter
  • Donate any gently used towels, bed sheets, or pillow cases to animal shelters who need them
  • Purchase items needed on an animal shelter’s Amazon Wish List
  • Sign up for AmazonSmile – every time you shop, a percentage of certain items are donated to an organization of your choice

12. You might become healthier

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Surprisingly, there are many health benefits with owning a cat, such as having lower levels of stress, lower risks of having heart attacks or cardiovascular issues, and overall better quality of life.

13. You become a more responsible human being

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Having a cat is a huge financial and personal responsibility. You are now in charge of another being’s health and well-being. You now have to think about: are you feeding your cat enough? Is your cat drinking enough water? Are you bringing your cat to the vet every year for a check-up and shots? Is your cat being mentally stimulated and happy? When you go on vacation, who will take care of your cat?

Before you adopt a new pet, you need make sure that you are responsible enough and that you do your research.

14. You will feel unconditional love and gain a forever friend

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You have to earn a cat’s love and trust, but once you do, your cat will always provide you unconditional love and you will have a strong bond with your feline friend. Cats do provide love, companionship, and comfort to us. So adopting a cat isn’t just you getting a new cat, it’s you creating a new friendship.

What greater gift than the love of a cat.

Charles Dickens