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There’s plenty of research that strongly suggests why pet
ownership is important. From companionship to teaching responsibility to
various health benefits, owning a pet can enrich our lives. The ideal pet to
own is an individual decision and depends on many factors such as one’s
lifestyle and living situation.
Dogs are known as “man’s best friend”, but cats have been
loyal companions to humans for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egypt
where it was believed they were first domesticated. Given a choice, why should
you own a cat?
1. Cats Have Great Instincts
Cats are fantastic at reading human emotions and acting as
the ultimate stress reliever. They know when you’re sad and need to be cheered
up. They know to rub against your leg, purr at you, and roll around near your
feet. After a bad day, you can always count on your cat to cheer you up.
2. Cats Are Low Maintenance
Cats are generally pretty easy to take care of compared to
other animals. They absolutely adore your love and attention, but they are also
They have an obsession with keeping themselves clean. With
their cleansing and deodorizing saliva, cats spend a good portion of the day
grooming themselves, which makes regular bathing unnecessary.
If grooming themselves isn’t enough to convince you, also
remember that you don’t have to chase a cat around the yard to clean up after
them. They basically housetrain themselves. They know to “do their business” in
the litter box, which gives you only one small area to keep tidy. There’s no
need to worry about carrying a plastic bag with you wherever you go. They are
truly the perfect pet for an apartment.
On that note, cats don’t need to be walked every day. While
they might find the outdoors fascinating (especially if they are an indoor
cat), you never need to take them outside. They are perfectly content living in
and running around the house.
3. Cats Are Hunters
Are you tired of chasing flies, moths and other insects
around your house with a fly swatter? Cats love eyeing the flying insects and
silently stalking them before springing into action. Seeing your cute and
cuddly cat transform into a hunter only makes the animals that more
4. Cats Live a Long Time
The bond you will form with your cat will be special. An
indoor cat tends to live a very long life—on average living a few years longer
than dogs. You’ll grow to love and depend on each other and your feline friend
will become an irreplaceable part of your life.
5. Cats Are Weird
Cats are truly strange and bizarre creatures. To a cat
lover, their behavior simply adds to their endearing qualities. You’ll never be
bored trying to figure out what your cat is doing or why it is behaving the way
it is. You’ll constantly wonder why your cat spends so much time hiding in
boxes or why she keeps sticking her head in a shoe but you’ll also come to
expect seeing your cat traipse across your keyboard while you are trying to get