The best pet is the one that fits your personality. Some people need an exuberant, exciting animal. They will do best with a dog. Some need a pet that requires very little attention. They might enjoy fish or reptiles. Cats seem to fall somewhere in between; they can be okay with some separation but are happiest when their human is around to pet them and take care of them. These are generalizations, of course. Animals are individuals and act as individuals.
Here are some reasons I’ve discovered as to why cats can be the best pets.
- Cats Tend to Be Clean Animals
Cats spend much of their time grooming themselves, so you will rarely have to bathe your feline friend. If you compare this to a dog, cats tend to also smell much better because they are more self sufficient when it comes to their hygiene. Unlike a dog, cats don’t go outside and roll in mud or find other rubbish to roll around in. Because cats are so good at keeping themselves clean, they usually feel softer and cleaner than dogs and many other animals when you pet them.
- They Are Very Quiet
Even the loudest, most insistent meows are much quieter than most barks. Even when your cat is trying her hardest to annoy you into giving her extra treats, her meow sounds are adorable. You will never have neighbors complaining about your cat meowing too much. It’s hard to be annoyed by such cute little sounds.
- Cats Are Low-Maintenance
Kitties are much more self-sufficient than other pets, particularly dogs. Cats don’t need to be taken outside multiple times a day for bathroom and exercise walks. Cats also don’t require nearly as much training as dogs. Cats are also self-cleaning.
Cats are small enough that they can get plenty of exercise indoors, especially if you have plenty of vertical spaces for your feline friend to climb. Since cats don’t need to go outside, they will also never track in mud after you have just finished mopping the floor.
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- They Are Independent
Though cats still need love and attention just like dogs, they don’t require quite as much interaction as dogs. A cat is content to curl up next to you while you work, while a dog may demand your undivided attention. Cats can also be left home by themselves while you are at work and are much less likely to destroy your house while you are gone.
Cats can even be left home alone for a couple without a pet sitter if you are going to be gone all weekend. If you leave enough food and water and have enough litter boxes, they will be just fine for a night or two on their own.
- Cats are Ideal for Apartment Life
If you live in an apartment, you are more likely to be allowed to have a cat than a dog. Many apartments don’t allow pet dogs but will still allow tenants to have a cat or two. Cats also take up less space, so they will be happier living in an apartment than a dog would, especially larger breeds. Cats make great apartment flat-mates.
Because cats use the litter box and don’t need to be taken outside to use the bathroom or to exercise, it is easier to keep a cat in upper-level apartments than a dog as well, as you won’t need to bring it down the stairs multiple times a day.
- Cats Cost Less Than Dogs
The initial adoption fee for cats and kittens is often less than that of dogs. More importantly, cat food, cat toys, and other cat supplies are also generally cheaper than the equivalent for dogs. Cats are smaller than most dogs and require fewer purchases. Vet care is also often less expensive for cats than for dogs.
Cats are usually perfectly happy with “toys” that don’t cost anything. My cats’ favorite toys are cardboard boxes, milk jug rings, and those silicone bracelets that you get from donating a couple of dollars to certain charities.
We love all animals of course, but if any cat owners are reading this, you will understand why we have such a strong bias towards these amazing balls of fluff. Even with their sass, they are perfect.
Do you have any other reasons why cats make the best pets? Let us know in the comments below!
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