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 make great companions, but if you’re heavily on the “team dog” read on. This list of 10 reasons cats are great pets just might change your mind.
1. CATS ARE QUIET
If noise levels are a concern in your living situation, cats are an excellent pet choice. Even the quietest bark will likely be much louder than the most insistent meow. Depending on the cat, you may need to worry about other sounds such as objects dropping on surfaces or running at full speed, but they’re still likely to be quieter overall.
2. CATS REQUIRE LOW MAINTENANCE
Compared to dogs, cats are low maintenance pets. They don’t require formal training, they don’t need to be taken out multiple times a day, and they’re even capable of basic self-cleaning. Of course, long-haired cats will still need regular grooming, but this will likely involve less regular grooming than long-haired dogs.
3. CATS ARE EASY TO TRAIN
One of the biggest challenges dog owners have to overcome is the process of house 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’ll instinctively use it.
4. CATS MAKE GREAT PETS
When it comes to pets in apartments, cats are often better suited than dogs. Compared to dogs, cats need less space and can take advantage of vertical space better. Even in apartments with a small area, you can make the space comfortable for cats by adding different vertical levels. Also, since they use litter boxes, they don’t need to be taken out multiple times a day, which can be time consuming if you live in a tall building.
5. CATS COST LESS TO MAINTAIN
According to the ASPCA, the overall 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 grooming costs.
6. CATS ARE INDEPENDENT
One of the best things about cats is that they are very independent creatures. Unlike dogs, who require a fairly high level of attention every day, cats are quite happy to have time to themselves. In fact, cats sleep around 15 hours a day, so you don’t have to worry about them getting too bored when you’re at work. When you’re home, cats are also more likely to be content just to be with you, while dogs may demand your full attention.
7. CATS HAVE A LONG LIFESPAN
Any pet owner knows that losing a pet is a truly heartbreaking experience. Fortunately, when it comes to pets, cats have quite a long lifespan. The average lifespan for a cat is 12 years, but it’s not uncommon for them to live into their teens or even their early twenties.
8. CATS ARE HEALTHY
Studies have shown that cats have a calming effect on their owners, from the soothing action of petting to purring that helps them fall asleep. Cats may even play a role in lowering your blood pressure and heart attack risk. 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 LESS ALLERGIES
In a National Institutes of Health study, children under the age of one exposed to a cat were found to be less likely to develop allergies. The interesting part was that it was not limited to pet allergies, but all types of allergies. It appears that exposure to pets as a young child not only protects you against pet allergies, but also other common allergies such as dust mites, ragweed, and grass.
10. CATS KEEP UNWANTED PEST OUT OF YOUR HOME
Cats are wired to stalk, chase, and pounce on their prey, making them perfect for protecting your home from unwanted pests, whether they’re mice, bugs, or something else. Even their presence can be enough of a deterrent to rodents as their scent can act as a repellent.