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4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Adopting a Kitten in College

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my kitten more than anything in this world, but there are some things that I have learned that I wish I knew before adopting him.

If you are in college and are thinking about adopting a cat, or any animal for that matter, these lessons I’ve learned are sure to help you out when deciding if getting a cat is the right option for you.

1. It’s always more expensive than you’d expect

Unless you are the luckiest person on the planet, having a cat is always more expensive than you’d think. It’s more than just the vet bills. It’s the cost of litter, food, toys and in my case, the unexpected issues that occur that made it so expensive. A lot of issues regarding my kitten’s health popped up at the beginning, causing more tests and visits to the vet than usual.

2. Sharing your cat with a roommate can be hard

Although it is extremely nice having someone to split the cost of the cat with, owning a cat together takes a lot of hard work. It took a while for my roommate and I to find a way to split all of the chores that come with owning a kitten. Make sure that you discuss before hand who is scooping the litter and feeding it morning and night.

3. Think about a permanent home beforehand

Sharing a cat with roommates means that you need to decide who keeps the cat over winter and summer break. Before getting a cat, make sure that you have this talk with your roommates about who actually gets the cat in the end.

Regardless of the fact if you have roommates or not, always check to make sure that where you live allows pets in the building.

4. That it would be so worth it

My kitten seemed almost impossible in the beginning. He was underweight, covered in fleas and if I’m being honest here, was a crazy pain in the butt. But now, he is a part of our family and I wouldn’t trade him for anything.

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Sarah Carr

Virginia Tech '20

Sarah is a current senior majoring in multimedia journalism and minoring in sociology. 
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