Welcoming a cat into your family, is a big commitment so it’s important that you’ve thought it through carefully. The life expectancy of a cat is 15 – 17 years and costs approximately £17,200. Your cat will rely on you to provide for their every need, despite what people say. You’ll need to change their cat litter daily (cats won’t use a dirty litter tray), make sure fresh water is always available, buy them cat beds, toys and scratch posts. For them to stay in tip-top shape, you’ll need to feed them a well-balanced dry or wet food, which provides all the natural vitamins and goodness they require. If your cat is an indoors cat they’ll have different feeding requirements to those that venture outdoors and you must keep a close eye on portion sizes as it’s easy for cats to become overweight. You should consider what you’ll do if they become ill or injure themselves, vet bills can be high unless you’ve got cat insurance to cover the cost. You’ll have to look at getting a cat sitter or putting them in a cattery when you go on holiday and there are always unexpected costs that crop up from time to time. However, most cat owners would agree that having a cat is worth every penny. As well as caring for your cat physically, you need to care for them mentally, if you want your cat to be as healthy as possible. Cats might be known for being independent but they still require a lot of love and attention, even if it is on their terms. You might have a lap cat or a cat with a rebellious streak, but they need to know that you’re there for them. Grooming your cat and having regular one on one playtime can really help make sure your cat is happy on the inside as well as looking good on the outside.