Cats versus dogs – as long as they have been domesticated, our population has been divided into those who prefer cats and those who prefer dogs. We think the two are good companions, but if you’re a lot on the “team dog”, read on. This list of 10 reasons why cats are good pets may just change your mind.
1. CATS ARE SILENT
If noise levels are an issue in your life situation, cats are an excellent pet choice. Even the quietest bark will probably be much louder than the most insistent meow. Depending on the cat, you may need to worry about other sounds such as objects that fall on surfaces or run at full speed, but they are likely to still be quieter in general.
CATS NEED LOW MAINTENANCE
Compared to dogs, cats are low-maintenance pets. They do not require formal training, they do not need to be taken out several times a day, and they are even capable of basic self-cleansing. Of course, long-haired cats will still need regular care, but this is likely to involve less regular care than long-haired dogs.
CATS ARE EASY TO TRAIN
One of the biggest challenges dog owners have to overcome is the process of home training a new puppy. Kittens, on the other hand, usually know how to use the litter box as soon as you bring them home. All you have to do is show them where it is and they will instinctively use it.
4. CATS MAKE AMAZING pets
When it comes to pets in apartments, cats are often better suited than dogs. Compared to dogs, cats need less space and can make better use of vertical space. Even in apartments with a small area, you can make the room comfortable for cats by adding different vertical levels. Since they use cat trays, they also do not need to be taken out several times a day, which can be time consuming if you live in a tall building.
5. CATS COST LESS TO MAINTAIN
According to’ ASPCA , the total cost of caring for cats is lower than for medium or large dogs. This is because they require less food, fewer toys and have lower overall care costs.
6. CATS ARE INDEPENDENT
One of the best things about cats is that they are very independent creatures. Unlike dogs, which require a fairly high level of attention every day, cats are quite happy to have time for themselves. In fact, cats sleep about 15 hours a day, so you do not have to worry about them getting bored when you are at work. When you are at home, cats are also more likely to just be with you, while dogs may require your full attention.
7. CATS HAVE A LONG LIFE
Every pet owner knows that losing a pet is a truly heartbreaking experience. Fortunately, when it comes to pets, cats have a fairly long lifespan. The average lifespan of a cat is 12 years, but it is not uncommon for them to live up to their teenage years or even their early twenties.
8. CATS ARE HEALTHY
Studies have shown that cats have a calming effect on their owners, ranging from the calming effect of cuddling to spinning, which helps them fall asleep. Cats can even play a role in lowering your blood pressure and risk of heart attack. A 10-year study even showed that cat owners were 30% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners.
9. CATS CAN CAUSE MINOR ALLERGIES
A National Institutes of Health study found that children under the age of one who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop allergies. The interesting thing was that it was not limited to pet allergies, but all types of allergies. It seems that exposure to pets as a small child not only protects you from pet allergies, but also from other common allergies such as dust mites, ragweed and grass.
10. CATS KEEP UNWANTED PARASITES OUT OF YOUR HOME
Cats are wired to chase, hunt and throw themselves over their prey, making them perfect for protecting your home from unwanted pests, be it mice, insects or anything else. Even their presence can be enough of a deterrent effect on rodents as their scent can seem repulsive.