Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Posted Nov 25, 2014
The only reason I'd discourage someone from owning a cat?
If they had no income, no stable home and considerable allergies.
Otherwise, cats are absolutely terrific and malleable pets.
Generally they require very little maintenance and effort to provide for them a good, healthy environment. Especially when adopted at a young age and able to acclimate to your home and circumstances.
Medically speaking, most indoor cats maintain long, healthy lives with relatively little medical intervention. Aside from age related diseases that tend to be common (eg. kidney failure), they're generally healthy.
With that said, please do not adopt an older or adult cat if you can not provide a quiet and solitary environment if it socially requires it.
You've gotta clean the littler box with some modicum of frequency.
You have to embrace the personality your cat develops. Some are cranky and solitary, only wanting to be pet when they choose to. Others will want to be on your lap or by your side, day and night.
Enjoy their idiosyncrasies.