11 Reasons Why Cats Are Good Pets & Why You Should Have One (or Four)

by Monika
11 reasons why cats make good pets

Are you thinking of adopting a cat? Wondering why cats are good pets and if a cat is the right pet for you? Well, I think you’re heading in the right direction because not many things can enrich your lives as a furry friend. Be it a cat, a dog, or some other pet, they all have their charms and ways to make you one happy pet owner. But in this posts, I want to focus on cats and what makes them the perfect pet for most people and maybe you too.

So, here are a few reasons why cats are good pets and why these furry creatures are so worth having in our lives!

They are easy to take care of

Cats don’t need a lot to be happy. They only need food, water, a litter box, a vet and a fun place to live in. As long as they have you to play and have cuddles with and their physiological needs are satisfied, they will be happy.

Of course, cats can get bored too if they have nothing to do in their active time, but with a few toys, a scratch posts, a cat tree and their human, your cat will probably have all they need.

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What you see is what you get

Cats will show you when they don’t like something and will not pretend or be all sweethearts about it. That might not seem like a positive thing to some people, but to me that is awesome. Why should the cat tolerate something they don’t like if they don’t like it?

They will hiss or meow or even scratch if you go overboard, but at least you will know what your cat doesn’t like and what kind of approach you should avoid.

They don’t require a lot of your time and effort

Even though they don’t require it, I enjoy spending time and making an effort to make our cats happy. But if I wouldn’t be up for it all the time, my cats wouldn’t mind. They are just fine resting, sleeping or playing by themselves. But, if you can, it is always best to spend as much time as you can interacting with your cats.

They are funny and can always make you smile

I think if you videotaped your cat for a few days, you would probably have a material for at least one viral cat video. Everything they do is so cute and funny. They randomly jump around, fall down, push things, walk clumsy, play clumsy, have wild reactions to cucumbers and many other things that make us smile and laugh regularly.

Their purrs are soothing and work as an anti-stress therapy

Who needs psychologists when you have a cat, right? Ok, I got a bit overboard with this statement but cats are definitely relaxing and make you feel better after a stressful day. And to top it off, when they start with their precious purrs, it is like a small anti-stress therapy.

They are clean

It’s enough that I have to wash myself, my hair, my teeth, my everything every day so it is a big relief that I don’t have to wash the cat too! They do everything they need by themselves with their own tongue.

Also, cats do their toilet needs in a litter box, burying it down in the sand so that you don’t have to look at their poops. Unfortunately, the cat doesn’t do it because they are a good flatmate and want to spare you from looking at their waste. Burying their waste is their natural instinct to protect themselves from predators and to mark their territory. But all is good as long as they keep it clean, right?

Most of them love to be your cuddle buddies

Some cats love to show affection and spend time cuddling with their human, and some cats don’t like to be handled or even touched a lot. But, luckily, most of them do like to cuddle when they gain trust in their human. Some of them might be reserved when they don’t know you well enough, but as soon as you show them you are a good human, most of them will show their appreciation and love with cuddles, head bumps, purrs and by “making biscuits” a.k.a. kneading.

If your new cat is not as cuddly yet, it might be that they need more time to relax, they might have had bad experiences with humans before so they are not as trusting or maybe they are just wired like that.

You can train them

Yep, cats are trainable just like dogs! Ok, not as easy as dogs but it can be done with a lot of patience.

If your cat is being naughty and scratches the furniture, you can train them to use the scratch post instead. You can train them to walk on a leash so you can go for a walk outside.

You can even train your cat to ring the bell to get food (see the video). But I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want to hear the bell ringing all day, all night.

They don’t need much to entertain themselves

They don’t need expensive toys, playstations or whatever is popular these days. Something simple as a paper ball or a cardboard box will do just great at entertaining your cat. But if you are like me, you like to spoil your cat with fancy toys too occasionally.

If you want a few (or 50) ideas to entertain your cat, make sure to check out my post 50 ways to entertain your cat.

They make you forget about your problems and have fun

You had a long and stressful day and all you want is curl up and go to sleep to forget about everything. Well, in this situation a cat will come in handy too. Just curl up with your feline and the stress will slowly fade away. And when your head is occupied with all the problems, you can grab a toy and play with your cat to bring a bit of joy to your day.

They get rid of those nasty spiders for you

I’m trying hard not to dislike spiders because they are not to blame that they don’t look pretty and I don’t like killing anything including spiders but the fear of spiders is bigger than me. Thankfully, if you are like me and don’t like to get rid of spiders on your own, your cat will gladly do it for you.

I’m sure there are many more reasons why cats are good pets but I can’t think of any right meow. If you have something to add, please let me know in the comments!

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36 comments

Val Silver February 9, 2018 - 5:03 pm

There’s nothing more soothing than a purring cat in the lap. My stepdaughter has a cute little kitty who is a tiger at killing scorpions. I’ve not seen it, but her reputation precedes her. Three so far found in the garage.

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Monika February 9, 2018 - 5:05 pm

Little kitty with big hunting skills 😀

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Amber February 9, 2018 - 5:15 pm

Aw, I love this list! I think I got high-maintenance kitties, but they’re still pretty self-sufficient. All they require is my undying devotion and slave labor. XD

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Michelle Burgess February 9, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Ah what a great list about how fab cats are. Sadly, I’m allergic to them, although I did live with one for a while, I grew to love him and his funny little ways, except when he, proudly, brought a dead pigeon through the cat flap! ewww…hahaha

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Monika February 9, 2018 - 10:07 pm

Oh, yeah, one of those awful cat presents 😀 But I guess it’s the thought that counts lol

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Tenacious Little Terrier February 9, 2018 - 9:30 pm

A trainer recently started an online cat training class and the videos were adorable! Someone taught their cat how to fetch. We run into people walking their cats every now and then.

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Monika February 9, 2018 - 10:02 pm

I have to try teaching my cats how to fetch, that must be cool! 🙂

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Joely Smith February 9, 2018 - 11:58 pm

Indeed! Cats are so amazing! I have two dogs and two cats currently. Cats can be so loyal too! One of my cats is known as the healer kitty. When someone is sick she won’t leave their side.

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Monika February 10, 2018 - 9:25 am

That is soo nice, the healer kitty! Love it 🙂

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Ruth Epstein February 10, 2018 - 2:33 am

When I lived in Israel I had 3 cats and miss having them but have Layla now and cannot complain also. Cats are wonderful family members

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Monika February 10, 2018 - 9:25 am

They really are 🙂

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Marjorie at Dash Kitten February 10, 2018 - 5:27 am

I agree with all your positive points and I would not be without my cats EVER.

One thing I think you could touch on gently is not declawing a cat. City the Kitty has pages of suggestions and actions on alternatives to the brutal practice. No declawing is THE way to go.

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Monika February 10, 2018 - 9:24 am

Definitely. Declawing is a big no no!

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Brian Frum February 10, 2018 - 2:19 pm

Those are really good reasons and your blog is terrific. Going to try commenting again. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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Monika February 10, 2018 - 2:23 pm

Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂 It’s always great meeting fellow cat bloggers 😀

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Debbie February 10, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Cats are definitely an “easier” pet than dogs. We have both, 4 dogs and a very dog-like cat. It’s definitely easier with a cat to be gone for long hours at work or go away for a weekend, as they don’t need to be let out to use the restroom and a friend coming to feed and snuggle them daily is sufficient. And that purr… makes me instantly happy!

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Monika February 10, 2018 - 9:20 pm

Yeah, purrs have the power to brighten my day instantly 😀

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Kamira Gayle February 10, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Oh my goodness I can think of a thousand reasons why cats are awesome pets. I agree with every point you listed. However the last one, ironically reminded me of my first cat, Precious. Oh she didn’t mind attacking spiders however on one occasion, she escaped out the house for a minute, we retrieved her back inside. Days later come to find her paw swollen. Took her to the vet to discover she got bitten by a spider. She had to be on penicillin and everything. So beware. As for bathing, I liked to give my cats a real bath with suds at least once each season. My favorite thing I miss are the head butts, purrs and making biscuits. I look forward to the day I adopt again.

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Monika February 10, 2018 - 9:18 pm

Oh, poor baby. It is so important to notice those things in time.

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Jana Rade February 11, 2018 - 5:10 pm

One or four? Is that the same deal that “you cannot have just one?” 🙂 We are dog people but our neighbors have a whole lot as they keep self-inviting themselves into their barn.

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Monika February 11, 2018 - 6:35 pm

It can be hard to stop at one 😀

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Beth February 11, 2018 - 7:21 pm

We have one cat and while he is a bit different than other cats, he is pretty low maintenance. He gets along well with the dogs and I love to see them curled up together. (I’ll be honest though, I am pretty sure it is just for the warmth factor.)

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Monika February 11, 2018 - 8:20 pm

I was imagining it in my head while I was reading, a cat curled up with the dogs 🙂 So cute!

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Dolly the Doxie February 12, 2018 - 1:19 am

As someone who shared a home with 3 cats at at one time and was a cat person from the beginning I don’t need 11 reasons! After becoming a dog person I still needed a cat. Now it’s 2 dogs and a cat because I love having a cat purring on my lap or laying on my head when I’m sleeping. There is no better feeling. Sandra and Dolly

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Monika February 12, 2018 - 9:27 am

That’s so nice. I would like to have a dog of my own someday too, along with the cats. But until then, I get my dose of doggy affection from my grandparents’ dog 😀

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Robin February 12, 2018 - 6:44 am

Cats make amazing pets! I happen to have 2 cats that like to cuddle. That is one of my favorite things in the whole world. I love the honesty of cats too. There is nothing quite like the feeling of another creature choosing to give you affection when you know that they are under no obligation to do so. They have a way of capturing your heart forever. 🙂

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Monika February 12, 2018 - 9:25 am

I agree. And it’s great knowing that you earned their affection 🙂

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Sadie February 12, 2018 - 3:08 pm

LOL the last one is my favourite (spiders). Checked all the others on the list – although, Ricky decides when it’s cuddle time and until then we have to give him space. He came from a not so great background and just seeing him play and hear him purr (being a happy cat) is extremely rewarding.

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Talent Hounds February 12, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Love cats too and those are all good reasons. Nala was such a character. She adored me but liked everything on her terms LOL. Unfortunately Kilo the Pug hates cats (and other dogs).

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Sweet Purrfections February 12, 2018 - 6:05 pm

I’ve been owned by cats for the past 40 years. They are wonderful pets and I don’t know what I’d do without them. There is nothing more comforting to have a cat climb into your arms or on you lap and turn on the purring engine.

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Monika February 13, 2018 - 9:17 am

I agree 🙂 Soo comforting

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Cathy Armato February 14, 2018 - 1:49 am

I have 2 dogs but I really miss having a cat! I think my Husky misses having a kitty sibling too. These are all great reasons to add a cat to the family.
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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Athena February 14, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Those are all good reasons!

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie

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Ellen Pilch February 15, 2018 - 2:56 am

Cats are the best 🙂

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Monika February 15, 2018 - 8:57 am

I agree. But on the other hand, I would not say they are better than dogs or other pets. They are all the best in their own ways 🙂

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Irene McHugh February 15, 2018 - 3:22 am

I love my two dogs, but years ago I had two cats, who I still miss. They were such affectionate catfaces! The only thing I don’t miss are the litter boxes. LOL.

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