Am I mature enough for a cat? I think this is a sensible question. I also believe that you will know whether you are mature enough to have a cat before adopting one if you have asked yourself a set of questions beforehand. You should be prepared to challenge or test yourself.
Before I list the questions I’d like to make an extra point. The question in the title is open and to be fair there will be many children who are mature enough to look after a domestic cat. They won’t have the means to do it or the accommodation etc.. However, within their parents’ home some kids make excellent and sensitive cat guardians. They can be better than adults.
The questions are as follows (they are not ‘absolute barriers’ as described):
The list of questions is probably not exhaustive but they are good start. As mentioned, you will certainly be mature enough if you have asked these or similar questions when considering adopting a domestic cat.
If you haven’t asked these questions or haven’t even thought about them and want to dive in and adopt a cat, let’s say for Christmas, you are not mature enough.
The ideal person to look after domestic cat is one who lives a stable life with solid routines, has adequate funding for himself and his cat, loves cats and understands their behaviour and needs, lives in a decent home preferably with a garden and far from dangerous road traffic. The person might be a single person because cats in general prefer that.
To recap in answer to the question, you will know if you are mature enough to adopt a domestic cat if you challenge yourself with the above questions and in each case the response is positive.
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