Awesome Reasons to Own or Adopt a Cat

by Sienna Penfold

Yellow striped kitten looking at the cameraYou know how they say that a dog is man's best friend? Well, millions of cat owners would beg to differ. Cats are soft, cute and vivacious little creatures that love snuggling and playing. And who can blame them, really? Relationships that people build with cats are deep and long-lasting. These are just some of the reasons why you need to consider owning a cat, so let's delve deeper into the issue.

Your kitty will adore you

Obviously, this has to be the first reason. Every relationship is built on this substance - love. When your kitty comes up to you and curls up in your lap, when it starts kneading your leg and when you look into its adorable eyes, you'll know what real love is. Your cat knows that you are its parent, guardian and friend. You are basically it's everything. And you can see it in its eyes. Your heart will melt without a doubt!

Their purring has a therapeutic effect

Did you know that a cat's purring is one of the most comforting sounds out there? Well, now you know. Not only is it a pleasing sound but it also helps us deal with insomnia. This sounds crazy but it's true. You have probably never thought that your sleep issues could be cured by your cat. When a cat curls up next to you at night and starts purring, the noise it produces is more comforting than a white noise machine. That's why many cat owners fall into a deep slumber without a problem.

You'll always have someone to play with

It is in cats' nature to be playful and uplifted. They can handle a few days on their own when you're away but they absolutely need your attention and play time when you get back. So, find good pet supplies online and buy some toys. A toy mouse is a safe option for a start. Numerous cat owners claim that a feather wand does the trick too, as well as a cat laser toy. The laser, however, can really get them going. You know, they are also hunters by nature. Test out their primal instinct with a laser. Just be careful not to damage your property. Cats are really fast and elastic. Bear that in mind.

Low maintenance animal

You read it correctly. Cats are low maintenance animals. A kitty is a very independent animal unlike a dog. Dogs require regular walks and baths; they also need a lot of exercise. On the other hand, cats take care of themselves. They don't need you to care for them as much as dogs do. But, do not mistake this for negligence! Cats are mostly self-sufficient and that makes them the best kind of animal to keep at your home. Of course, they need your love and attention but they need it in their own way.

Baths are not a big deal

Did you know that cats clean themselves? After all, they are quite self-sufficient. You'll have to clean your kitty once in a while but they are mostly very clean animals that won't get outside and be in need of a bath when they come back in. Jumping into mud puddles is something that cats don't like. Of course, you have to take care of their fur and clean them every once in a while. But that is nothing compared to dogs.

Pests deterrent

Cats are hunters and they instinctively prey on rats, mice, bugs, etc. To be precise, if it's small and it moves, your kitty will pounce on it! You'll never have to deal with a humongous bug in your kitchen by yourself again. You have a cat and it will rush to the rescue. Also, some humane societies are using this trait to their advantage by placing feral kitties into farms and homes that are in need of pest control.

Good for your mental health

Woman holding a tiny striped ktten next to her faceOwning a cat is good for your mental health. Its presence will relieve you of stress and anxiety. Cats are great listeners and they don't make much noise. You should definitely consider adopting a cat from a shelter. Deborah Wells, writing in the Journal of Social Issues, states that adopting a cat (and owning it in general) has been shown to have positive effects on humans' ability to cope with stress, anxiety, depression and loneliness. Therefore, taking a cat home from a shelter will improve your sense of happiness and general well-being.


There is nothing as bad as seeing a malnourished cat abandoned somewhere. Cats need love, cats need attention and they give back so much. Think about it. You will do a great thing by owning a cat. Both for yourself and for that little ball of fur.

Writer Sienna PenfoldSienna is a proud mom of an adorable baby girl and a blogger who loves to write about parenting, travel, food, pets, and lifestyle. She enjoys cooking, traveling and spending quality time with her family. You can follow Sienna on Facebook and Twitter.

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