If you're thinking of getting yourself a furry friend and don't have the space for a dog or the patience for a guinea pig, cats may just be for you. But there's a lot of preparation that goes into making a good home for a new feline friend: it's not just about going to a local shelter and finding a breed that suits your needs best, though that is always important. Tips for adopting a cat include thinking about the bigger logistical issues, like making sure your new cat complies with local laws around pet ownership, or investigating boring things like insurance. Sorry, but if you're going to be the adult responsible for one of a cat's nine lives (or all of them), you need to make sure you have things Totally Sorted.
Cats don't have to be high maintenance necessarily, but that doesn't mean they don't require care, expense and good preparation. If you take home a cat without doing your homework, you're will be doing a disservice both to yourself and to the fluffy friend who's now dependent on you. So make sure your research is all done before you fall in love with a kitten. Not sure where to start? Here are four things to think about before taking the plunge.