Every year families are on the hunt for the perfect Christmas presents for loved ones. Trawling through the shops and rummaging through the shelves to find something that will show their love and affection.
One great idea that pops into the mind is the thought of buying a pet cat or pet dog as a Christmas present.
I mean, what’s better than having a little puppy or little kitten jumping around the living room with pure joy on Christmas morning? It’s the perfect surprise gift. While pets do bring bundles of joy into a home and become part of the family, we would suggest not buying one as a Christmas present.
Here’s why we suggest against it.
Does the person truly want a pet?
It’s easy to forget that any sort of pet is a full-time responsibility. Whilst most cats are more hands-off than pet dogs, for example, they still require undevoted love, attention and time to be looked after.
Once the initial excitement of receiving the cat for Christmas has worn off, the recipient of the gift may then realise that the constant feeding, looking after and potential vet visits isn’t what they really wanted.
Unfortunately, animal charities do see a surge in people putting pets in adoption shelters after they come to this realisation.
Can they actually afford a cat?
According to the PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals), on average a cat will cost around £70 a month to look after. That’s a large sum of money to commit to each and every month over the life span of the cat.
Especially if the person hasn’t asked for a pet cat, it’s a large financial commitment to be placed upon them.
Choosing the perfect cat?
There’s a lot that goes into choosing the perfect cat. Cat breeds can have vastly different characteristics and choosing which breed to go for is something that should be thought over and considered in detail.
It’s not an easy choice and not one that should be made purely on which cat ‘looks’ the cutest.
If the person has children, has it been ensured that the cat breed being chosen is a more timid breed that will be suitable?
This sort of decision is one that in nearly all cases, should be made by the person who is directly going to be looking after the cat. They will always have the best judgement on what is best for them and their situation.