So you’re thinking about getting a cat but you’re not sure if a feline companion is right for you? Here are my very own top 5 reasons to adopt a cat.
Cats can sometimes even be better friends than dogs. They are certainly easier to take care of than most pets. There are tons of great reasons to get a pet cat.
Cats Are Easy To Take Care Of For The Most Part
Cats are really pretty easy to take care of for the most part. Most cats hate going outside, so you don’t need to take cats for a walk, although you can if that’s something you want to try.
They make special harnesses for taking cats on walks. I’d recommend buying a cat harness on Amazon.
Cats also mostly bathe themselves, so you rarely ever have to give a cat a bath. In fact, if you’d prefer to keep your blood in your body, I’d recommend not even trying to give a cat a bath.
Most cats hate water or hate getting wet. With that being said, there are times when giving your cat a bath might be in order such as getting rid of fleas and mites, or when their fur is matted up.
For these instances when your cat must be bathed, I’d definitely recommend using a waterless cat shampoo. You won’t even need to use water, hence the term, “waterless”.
Cats are also easy to take care of when you aren’t home for a couple of days. All you really need to do is make sure they have enough food and water for the time that you will be gone, make sure they have enough cat toys to play with, and also be sure to completely clean their litterboxes right before you leave.
Cats Help Get Rid of Spiders and Rodents
Cats are hunters by nature and DNA. Cats absolutely love to hunt and it keeps them active and alert also. Felines love to chase and hunt mice, spiders, centipedes, flies, etc. If it moves and it is smaller than your cat, chances are they will gladly hunt it.
I can tell you from personal experience though that cats won’t always kill what they are hunting.
For example, my cats love to hunt spiders, but unfortunately for me, they won’t always kill the spider right away. They like to paw, push, and play with the spiders first.
I really really hate spiders, dead or alive, it really doesn’t matter to me. So after a few minutes of watching my cats play with a creepy spider, I will then go ahead and kill it for them.
If they find any other bugs though, I usually just let my cats play with them for as long as they like, as it can be quite entertaining.
Cats Relieve the Stresses of Everyday Life
Another reason to get a cat as your pet is because they help relieve the stress that builds up in your life. Most cats love to cuddle and be petted. They will often purr as a result of this gesture. Purring is also seen as highly therapeutic.
Cats have other equally cute quirks and gestures that relieve stress. Think about it. If you came home from work and your cat decides that it would be a good time to show you their belly for no other reason than…….to show you their belly, it would be very hard for you to stay stressed out, at least at that moment anyway.
Stress is one of the top reasons people suffer from heart disease and other illnesses, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that getting a cat has numerous health benefits that pay off both in the immediate and distant futures.
Cats Are Highly Entertaining
Yet another fabulous reason for a getting a feline companion is that they are extremely entertaining. Cats do all sorts of cute things that make us wonder if they’re actually insane.
If you have more than one cat like I do, they can provide hours of free or cheap entertainment. My cats chase each other, chase their tails, leap high in the air, and beat the crap out of their toys, among other things.
I love using a laser light to play with my furbabies. They will chase the little red dot for endless minutes. In fact, I’m usually the one that tires of the laser light before they ever do.
I love it when they pounce on the red dot and then slowly lift up their paws to see their hard-earned catch, only to find out it has yet again disappeared. I get a real kick out of watching that.
My cats also love their crinkly tube. They love all the noise it makes. It keeps them entertained, but it can be a bit annoying for me at times, especially at night, when I’m trying to sleep. During the day, however, I am oddly entertained by it.
Another thing that brings me cheap and enjoyable entertainment is when my cats throw the jingly balls down the stairs and then chase after them. If you have more than one cat, it can sound like a herd of elephants running down a flight of stairs, but it is entertaining none the less.
Cats Can Talk To You
Okay, so maybe cats can’t speak English or any other language for that matter, but most felines love to communicate with their human companions in their own “native” language.
I have held many conversations with one of my cats. Do I even know what they are saying? Nope! I just kind of adlib the whole time.
For example, my cat will be looking up at me and meowing about something. In return, I will say something like “Oh really. Are you sure about that?”. You can have a lot of fun with this.
Sometimes I like to reply to their meows with “No Tiggy. I never told Shadow that you eat too much. She just assumes you do because of your belly size.” He’ll usually reply with “Meow meow meow.” And I’ll end the conversation by saying “But I’m not lying to you Tiggy! Believe what you want.”
Cat vs. human conversations can keep you entertained for a really long time if you choose to because cats just love to talk.
Maybe someday someone will invent a kitty language translator so we finally know what we are really talking about with our beloved cats.
There are so many great reasons why you should get a cat that I could probably write an entire book about it. (Hmmm, maybe I will.) Out of all the pet options you may have, cats are actually the easiest to take care of and raise. They soon become such an important part of your family structure as well.
I can promise you this: If you choose to get a cat, you will not regret your decision. The only thing you will regret is that you didn’t get a cat much sooner. Trust me on that! I have five wonderful feline family members, so I probably know better than most.