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 post, I want to focus on cats and what makes them the perfect pet for many 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!
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- They are easy to take care of
- What you see is what you get
- They don’t require a lot of your time
- They are funny and can always make you smile
- Their purrs are soothing and work as an anti-stress therapy
- They are clean
- Most of them love to be your cuddle buddies
- You can train them
- They don’t need much to entertain themselves
- They make you forget about your problems and have fun
- They get rid of those nasty spiders for you
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.
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
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
If I videotaped my cats for a week, I 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.
Before making such a big decision and adopting a cat that might live with you for up to 20 years, ask yourself these few important questions to see if you’re ready for such a commitment.
I’m sure there are many more reasons why cats make great pets but I can’t think of any right meow. If you have something to add, please let me know in the comments!