10 Reasons Why Cats Are the Best Pets

Updated on July 4, 2019
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Jennifer Wilber is a life-long animal lover. She currently has two black cats, and has had many dogs and small pets throughout her life.

10 Reasons Why Cats are the Best Pets
10 Reasons Why Cats are the Best Pets

Why Cats Make the Best Pets

I love all animals, especially cats and dogs. I grew up with dogs, but I got my first cat about three years ago. While I still love dogs and hope to get one of my own eventually, I have found cats to be much better pets than I originally gave them credit for.

Self-proclaimed dog people and cat people may never see eye to eye, but as someone who has had both pets, I can now see how cats can be just as great and possibly better pets than dogs—depending on your lifestyle. Contrary to what many dog people will have you believe, cats are just as loyal, playful, and fun as any dog. In addition, cats also have some benefits over dogs in that they are objectively easier to care for.

Here are some reasons I’ve discovered as to why cats can be the best pets.

Cats spend a lot of their time grooming, so they are always nice and clean.
Cats spend a lot of their time grooming, so they are always nice and clean. | Source

1. Cats Tend to Be Clean Animals

Cats spend much of their time grooming themselves, so you will rarely have to bathe your feline friend. Compared to dogs, cats tend to smell much better. Unlike dogs, your cat won’t go outside and roll in unpleasant things or pick a fight with a skunk. 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.

Even the loudest meows are cute and relatively quiet.
Even the loudest meows are cute and relatively quiet. | Source

2. Cats Are 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 require much less work than dogs.
Cats require much less work than dogs. | Source

3. 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.

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 are happiest when kept indoors.
Cats are happiest when kept indoors. | Source

4. Cats Don’t Need to Be Taken Outside

Cats don’t need to be taken outside in the middle of the night to do their business. While no one enjoys cleaning the litterbox, it is still much easier and less of a burden than having to go outside in the darkness or bad weather and having to carry around little baggies of your fluffy friend’s waste until you can get to a garbage can.

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.

Kittens are taught how to use a litter box by their mama cat.
Kittens are taught how to use a litter box by their mama cat. | Source

5. Cats Are Super Easy to Potty Train

Most kittens already know how to use the litter box as soon as you bring them home. Even cats that were born stray or feral instinctively know to bury their waste after going to the bathroom. The most you will have to do to potty train your new furry friend is to show her where the litter box is and show her how to dig in the (clean) litter using your own hand.

Cats are ferocious hunters who can protect your home from vermin.
Cats are ferocious hunters who can protect your home from vermin. | Source

6. Cats Protect Your Home From Pests

The mere presence of a cat is usually enough to keep mice and rats away. If a rogue rodent does find its way into your house, however, your cat’s natural predator instincts will kick in. Though it can be gross finding remains of your fluffy friend’s hunting victories, it still beats having vermin running lose through your home.

Cats are also excellent hunters of insects, keeping your home safe from moths, houseflies, and other creepy crawlies (be warned, however; some types of bugs aren’t very tasty to cats. Your cat probably won’t do much to keep ladybugs out of your home.)

Cats are easy to entertain.
Cats are easy to entertain. | Source

7. 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.

Get two cats so they can keep each other company while you're away.
Get two cats so they can keep each other company while you're away. | Source

8. Cats Can Be Left Alone Longer Than Dogs

Because cats don’t need to be taken outside to use the restroom, they can be left home alone all day while you are at work without having to worry about coming home to any nasty surprises on your living-room carpet. Cats are also less prone to separation anxiety, so they can tolerate being home for longer periods of time without their human (though it is still best if you have a pair of cats to keep each other company).

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 can be left alone all day. They will probably spend most of the time you're at work sleeping.
Cats can be left alone all day. They will probably spend most of the time you're at work sleeping. | Source

9. Cats Are Ideal Apartment Pets

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.

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.

As mentioned above, cats are fairly quiet compared to dogs, so neighbors in your apartment building won’t be bothered by a cat’s meows like they may be by a barking dog.

Cats can be cuddly and affectionate.
Cats can be cuddly and affectionate. | Source

10. Cats Are Excellent Companions

Cats like to be where their favorite humans are but are often less needy than their canine counterparts. Cats are usually content to sit quietly near their favorite human while they work or read a book. There is nothing better than a cat purring on your lap after a long day. Cats can be just as affectionate and loving as dogs but aren’t as high maintenance.

Both cats and dogs are wonderful pets, but cats are much easier to care for.
Both cats and dogs are wonderful pets, but cats are much easier to care for. | Source

Cats vs. Dogs: The Great Debate

Cats often get a bad reputation from dog lovers. If you’ve had both cats and dogs, it is clear that cats can be just as wonderful, loving, and playful as any dog. Cat’s make great pets and are ideal companions for people who work full time or who live in an apartment. They are less expensive to keep and require less maintenance than dogs. Overall, cats are wonderful pets and will provide a lifetime of love and affection, just like dogs.

Questions & Answers

  • Do you own a cat, and if so, how many?

    Yes, I have two cats.

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      Kittycorns Forever 

      4 days ago

      I completely agree with the above. I mean, why not? They are just the best and the cuteset.

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      H Kennedy 

      7 days ago

      Absolutely agree that cats are just as wonderful as dogs. I have both a dog and cat and love the contrast.

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      fart 

      2 weeks ago

      i want a kitten for my bday

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      JJ Noll 

      2 weeks ago

      Cats are the best animal if you love books and writing books

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      Poop 

      3 weeks ago

      I have 2 doggies but I really want a cat for my birthday since I’ve never had a cat

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      Paulita Gomez 

      4 weeks ago

      I have adopted a stray cat and she has 3 kittens. And they adopted 1 kitten which I found in our roof. I love them very much and I wouldn't replace them with any other pets.

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      Ujwala 

      5 weeks ago

      i have two cats

      i love cats and dogs

      and all animal

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      Luis 

      5 weeks ago

      I love my Siamese cat. I will never replace her with a dog. I prefer cat's personality.

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      Ellie 

      8 weeks ago

      Yes they r all beautiful with each kitty having their own personality...i shd know...i have 10 all sizes..shapes and colors..

      Love them all...

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      BLESSING ISAAC 

      2 months ago

      CAT ARE D BEST

    • profile image

      Cats are amazing 

      2 months ago

      They are cool

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      KK 

      2 months ago

      Cats are undeniably the best.

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      cats r cute 

      2 months ago

      my cats sleep together in the smallest cat bed we have even though we have multiple beds and stuff and its so cute and funny at the same time

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      cats are the best 

      2 months ago

      My cat is sitting next to me purring, other belly up on the rug, when cats are belly up that means there happy. cat rule!

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      I have two cats. 

      2 months ago

      At least cats don't rub there butt and leave brown streaks on the rug

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      Kaelyn 

      2 months ago

      Cats are cool!

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      Queens 

      2 months ago

      I’m not interested in cats , but those were a little convincing

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      The Cat 

      2 months ago

      My dad's cousin has 2 cute kitties, and the difference between those cats and MY DOG is that the cats are QUIET, FLOOFY, and LESS ANNOYING.

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      WEENER 

      2 months ago

      thank you

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      ME 

      3 months ago

      Well, no.

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      Hithere 

      3 months ago

      I have two pawsome dogs but I really also want a cat. Especially a Tortoiseshell. My brother and my dad are allergic. My mom really wants to get a cat also and maybe my brother also. My dad is against getting a cat. I only touched a cat like 5 times in my life!

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      ??? 

      3 months ago

      I liked dogs in the past and hated cats... But now i think i like cats better than dogs...

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      MIMO 

      3 months ago

      CATS R BEST BOIS AND GURLZZZZZ

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      anything 

      3 months ago

      I love cats and dogs but cats have always been number one.

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      YEETER 

      3 months ago

      I have two Cats

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      Dogs suck 

      3 months ago

      Dogs are unintelligent pieces of crap

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      Anonymous 

      3 months ago

      Cats! I really want one!!!

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      gkif 

      3 months ago

      I love cats too

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      ghjdkhhsdjfj 

      4 months ago

      I have three letters for you CAT

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      lmao 

      4 months ago

      I like cats and dogs equally lol

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      CAT LOVER 

      4 months ago

      Loved this! My essay was written and gotten a good grade! With my cat resting in my lap while I do it CATS ARE DA BEST!

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      mimibafi 

      4 months ago

      i have 2 cats and they are gorgeous and the best !!!

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      4 months ago

      cats are GREAT

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      HI 

      4 months ago

      Cats are peasants compared to dogs

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      My Life Is a LIE 

      4 months ago

      I have 2 cats LOL

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      Hadiyah 

      4 months ago

      I have a cat named LILY!!

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      #CatsOrDogs? 

      5 months ago

      I think the article was helpful, BUT I need more info on why cats are better and easier to take care of than dogs.

      Thanks for the assist!

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      Aspie Girl 

      5 months ago

      Really helpful for my essay from school! :^]!!!

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      Name 

      5 months ago

      CATS ARE SO BETTER

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      Im a cat 

      5 months ago

      cats are the best!!!!!!

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      A person 

      5 months ago

      This was great!

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      naomi 

      5 months ago

      this is very helpful but i need more reasons

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      frank snapp 

      5 months ago

      Cats have been the coolest for me (surprising!), but I love all the animal babies we have in our homes very much. No one is more important than the other. I look forward to being able to keep pets again.

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      you dumb 

      5 months ago

      dog are better

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      BOOMER 

      5 months ago

      lol dogs better than cats

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      Madeleine 

      5 months ago

      Iol love cats better than dogs

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      Karate beast 

      5 months ago

      COOL!!!

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      NINJA 

      5 months ago

      I LOVE kittins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      chloe 

      6 months ago

      I really want a pet but I don't know if there expensive

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      Lordnibbler 

      6 months ago

      As a current caretaker of both a stray cat and a stray dog, I can affirm that this article is both factual and accurate. If you have both a love for animals and a warm heart, you can't but help appreciate what a great companion and source of chronic mirth a cat can be.

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      6 months ago

      This a really good article and it made me decide to get a cat.

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      unicornrainbows 

      6 months ago

      I read this and I totaly agree to this

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      Alex 

      6 months ago

      I agree with Cats vs. Dogs: The Great Debate; I currently have both dogs and cats, and I find them both virtually equivalently useful for entertainment. Though, dogs just overdo it and get in trouble too much.

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      caleb 

      6 months ago

      cats are soooo cute

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      isabelle deleon 

      6 months ago

      cats are okay they dont give you attention

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      Axel 

      6 months ago

      I still like dogs better

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      zach herron 

      7 months ago

      KITTY

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      Cat! 

      7 months ago

      Cat!

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      [this is private information] 

      8 months ago

      Cats are vague, but fun.

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      Isabel Arroyave 

      8 months ago

      I always have cats. They are my favorite animals although I also like dogs. Since I live in an apartment building is better to have a cat since they are easy to take care of them.

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      Pops 

      8 months ago

      Cats the bests love them

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      Joe Mama 

      9 months ago

      Ur so right cats are the best!!!

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      jijittqt 

      9 months ago

      CATS ARE DAH BEST

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      stephanie 

      9 months ago

      loved the passage. this will help with convincing the class cats are better than dogs. if you don't like cats, well, too bad.

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      bradley 

      9 months ago

      you are so right about cats are better then dogs

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      Aliyah 

      9 months ago

      Awesome post! This will help a lot with convincing my parents!

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      Cats miffy best 

      10 months ago

      Cats are the best. You have to work a lot for dogs, but its okay if you like dogs and cats. Well I do. So, I love both cats and dogs but cats are better.

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      logan pactrick lyon 

      15 months ago

      no cats are better

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      Mark Tulin 

      19 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Great post. I always preferred them to dogs for similar reasons. They are also less needy than dogs. More independent.

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