I finally caved to pressure from my children and adopted a three month old kitten from the local SPCA. OK, I was keen too.
In spite of being an adoption of a homeless animal, it was not cheap. The cost of inoculations, the adoption fee, the initial batches of food and kitty litter, a litter box, a few medications, a carry bag, scratching post, taxi fares to and from the adoption centre and the deposit to ensure that I bring the cat back for desexing at six months came to about HK$4,200 in total. I will get HK$1,000 back after the operation, but HK$3,200 does not make for a cheap pet.
It took about an hour for the kitten to go from hiding under the sofa to tearing up and down the living room, clawing the sofa (no interest in the scratching post), playing with pieces of paper my children were dangling in front of her and sitting on my keyboard while I was (trying to) type this post.
I'm already feeling like she was worth every cent.