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Default Thinking about getting a cat. What all do I need to do?

So I'm thinking about getting another cat in another month or two. This would be my first time ever getting one of my very own as an adult.

What is the process of getting one? How much do I have to pay for adoption fees and to get it shots and what not if you have to do that? I have no experience doing this as an adult since all of the pets I've ever had, I had before turning 18.

I miss having a cat and I think having one would help me with a lot of my problems right now, but I need to do this logically. I need to plan ahead to calculate any expenses that I may have to pay so I don't get too reckless with my finances and end up paying more than I can afford.

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I adopted my cat 18 months a go. He already has his injections and he was neutered. Maybe it is different in the US? Adoption fee was 70. I just flea him and take him for his booster every 12 months. One of the best decisions that I ever made by adopting him. He has brought me so much joy and happiness. Good luck.
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So pleased to eat this! Really excited for you. Hopefully someone from the USA will come along and give you better advice than I can, from England. I'm excited for you! Please keep us posted!
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This place says it's $125 for kittens and $100 for adults. Extra for declawed or purebred cats. Fee includes health exam, spay/neutering, parasite/flea treatment, vaccinations, and microchipping. The price seems to be similar for all the animal shelters in my area though. It might vary state to state.

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This particular animal shelter requires 2 references that are not family. I'm not sure if that's common for animal shelters, but something to prepare for just in case. If you rent a home, they require proof of permission to have a pet by the landlord. And I believe there's an age restriction of 21.

I'm thinking about getting a cat myself. But I would have to take another step and take some sort of antihistamine/anti-allergy medication to do so...

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I'd suggest checking out your local animal control/pound for what they have and fees. These are government run shelters. Animals are typically held for 10 days to 2 weeks and put down at the end of the time if not adopted. You are literally saving a life adopting from there. In the county where I live the animals have all their shots, are neutered and have been tested for some diseases. That means FeLuk and FIP for cats. I'm not sure what the fees are for cats, but I got my dog for $20 because they had a special that day. They are out to find homes for the animals, not make money.

Another option is the ASPCA. They do shots, testing and neutering too, but the adoption fees are higher. around $75-100 in my area.

You could check for a feline rescue group in your area. I have no idea what their fees are like.

Then there's Petfinders at https://www.petfinder.com
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I agree with Liz. I adopted from the SPCA and it was a male adult cat and it was about $100 but they do have discounts on certain days or time of year.

The good thing about getting a cat from the SPCA is they have been tested, they have been fixed and they have their shots. A lot of pet stores like PetsMart and Petco also have adoption days but I am not sure what the cost is.

Our newest member McGee was found in a bush. He was from a feral cat colony and was sick. My husband brought him home for me to nurse. It took a while but he is very fistey. Since we found him we had to pay for all the vet costs and shots

Good luck and if you do get a fur baby please post a picture.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I will need to hold off on the cat for now because in addition to adoption fees even though some of the suggestions provided here are reasonable, I would still have to come up with a $300 pet deposit.
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Darkness, many shelters have a special on cats in June due to the incredible number of kittens born ib late spring. That would give you some time to save up.
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Whatever you decide to do, DON'T DECLAW. It's now considered to be a very inhumane practice as it alters the cat's bone and muscle alignment causing multiple issues as they age, causes pain when they try to use the litter box so they associate the litter box with pain and eliminate outside of it instead, AND it's a very painful procedure to them. It's basically amputating the very tips of their paws. The likeness of which is having the tips of your fingers amputated where your finger nails are.

Please don't declaw.
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Default Re: Thinking about getting a cat. What all do I need to do?

The last cat that I had we didn't declaw and the next cat (whenever I am finally able to get it) won't be declawed either.

I like a cat who can defend itself if I'm not around and some other animal tries to start something with it, but that's just me.

Of course there are also the other reasons.
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