How many cats are too much for us?
We have a 2 story house, 3 bedrooms ( all are quite roomy. ), 2 bathrooms ( 1 big, 1 small ), a kitchen ( big ), a living room ( big ), one lounging area at the top floor ( medium ), a basement ( very big, but no one really uses it.. ), and another living/dining room ( medium ). Ha ha, its a little vague. I have 4 family members, my mom, dad, sister, and me. And I have one pet, a Maltese, though I should consider her family too. She 3.
Anyways, my sister, takes care of Candy ( the Maltese. ), but not much. My mom takes care of her too, and so do I. My father doesn't really care for animals but he copes, and I think he enjoys it. I think I take the most care for my dog, not to sound like that, but Mom is usually at work putting food on our table. We first saw a darling stray named Buster, he had tags, but the phone number was disconnected, we told the local Animal Control that he was lost, we did a reverse phone call, and I put 1 poster up to see if it would get put down, it did. So I assumed he was a poor old stray, and I really want to keep him. Then we stumbled along two 10 month sisters, and I liked them too. Although I have more feelings for the stray then them, Id love to share a life with them too. I believe we can provide moderate care, I have plenty of time ( only in my first year of middle school. ). My mom has 3 jobs as a nurse, and my dad works at a convenience store for 24 hours, 2 days a week, and when hes not at work he cooks good food for us ( he wants to work more. ). She agreed to the sister cats, and she even started to name them before we got them. She also loves the stray too. I really want to keep them all, but I don't want to bug my mom and her budget to the limit ( I worked hard to achieve the goal of even getting a cat. ) 3 cats, and a dog. Will that be too much? If not, .... you get the idea. I dont want to be ( more ) of a pest to my mom. Please no mean comments, my mom seems pretty open to the idea of getting a cat.
That was long.
Ive never owned a cat, but im quite informed.
Asked By: Autumnbreeze - 3/8/2012
It really needs to be a family decision, since there are costs involved. How many really depends on the conditions. For some having two who are not cared for is too many, and for others, a dozen can be handled. If the pets are all in good health, spayed or neutered, and the home is clean and sanitary, then it becomes a financial consideration for how many to have.
Food and litter are not usually the major considerations in having more then one pet. That can be handled through a normal household budget, since the costs are spread out over the month. But when a pet gets sick and requires vet care, that can be a big hit and needs to be taken into consideration when adopting a pet.
So it really is not a matter of food or litter costs, but asking what does it mean for a budget if the pet needs $500 in vet care? Those are the real questions. Sometimes pet insurance is considered, and other times simply making allowances for the possibility of problems.
Answered By: cat lover - 3/8/2012