Paul has lived with cats on and off for many years. He understands the positives but also the potential negatives.
Although owning a pet cat does come with responsibilities and can present certain challenges (expensive veterinary bills, for example), there are also many positives to having a furry feline friend.
This article lists the main benefits, including companionship, entertainment, kitten cuteness, low maintenance, and pest control.
7 Advantages of Having a Cat
- Loving Companionship
- Low Maintenance
- They Don't Require Much Space
- They Don't Need to be Walked
- Kittens are Cute
- Pest Control
1. Cats Provide Loving Companionship
Cats can be very affectionate and loving. There's nothing nicer than returning home after a hard day's work to find a furry friend waiting there, pleased to see you.
They rub themselves up against you, they purr when you stroke them, they often like to hang out with you, and some will even curl up on your lap. The bonds formed between cats and humans can be very strong and last a lifetime.
2. They Are Entertaining
Cats are fun. You can play with them with a piece of string, a ping-pong ball, or shine a laser red dot for them to chase. Alternatively, you can spend time just watching them hunt, play, roll around, or perform an array of other antics. They are quirky, interesting and amusing. Load them up with catnip and watch them go.
3. Cats Are Low Maintenance
Compared to many other pets, cats are low maintenance. They are independent animals that are happy to exist without human attention for long periods. Much of the daytime, they spend sleeping.
You will of course need to give them basic care, such as changing their litter tray, feeding them, and looking after their health with regard to things like fleas, as well as occasional trips to the vet, but generally, they don't require a lot of attention.
4. They Don't Require Much Space
Unlike owning a big dog, or certain other pets, cats can be perfectly happy living in a fairly modestly sized apartment or house. This can be a big advantage if you desire a pet for company and live in an urban area where rents and property prices are high. Indoor cats generally adapt and settle into their living space very well.
5. They Don't Need to Be Walked
Exercising a dog can seem like lots of fun, but it can soon become a chore. This is particularly true when you are doing it in inclement weather or trying to fit walks in between other commitments such as work, or childcare.
Cats, on the other hand, generally just need a litter tray, some food and water to drink. If it's an outdoor feline, you may have to let it in or out occasionally, but that's still generally less hassle than walking the dog.
6. Kittens Are Cute
There really is nothing like the cuteness of a kitten. Their wide, innocent eyes, soft furry bellies, and pleading mews will melt even the meanest of hearts. It's tremendous fun to watch them exploring their world, and their playful nature is simply adorable. They won't be a kitten forever, but it's lovely while it lasts, so enjoy every minute of it!
7. All-Natural Pest Control
Historically, one of the main reasons that humans adopted cats was to help control the populations of invasive rodents and other pests. Many domestic cats still enjoy the thrill of the hunt, killing rodents, large insects, and other small pests both indoors and outside. If nothing else, cats will deter mice and rats from making their home in or close-by to your own.
10 Cat Facts
- Cats can usually jump five times their height and six times their length.
- They are the most common pet in the USA, outnumbering dogs by 88 million to 74 million.
- A group of cats is known as a clowder.
- They spend roughly 70% of their lives asleep. A typical cat will sleep between 13 and 14 hours per day on average.
- Male cats are called toms. Females are called queens or mollies. Male cats are more likely to be left-pawed, while female cats are more likely to be right-pawed.
- Domesticated cats have been around since 3,600 B.C.
- A person who loves cats is called an ailurophile.
- Adult cats only meow to communicate with humans, not with other cats. They meow at the pitch of a human baby to attract attention when they are hungry or want something.
- Cats have 230 bones, while humans only have 206.
- They can hear much higher sound pitches than humans. While humans can hear frequencies of up to 20 kHz, cats can hear frequencies of up to 64kHz. This helps them to locate rodents and other small animals when hunting.
What greater gift than the love of a cat.
— Charles Dickens
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Paul Goodman
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2020:
We have loved our pet cats over the years. Right now, we are without any cats, but enjoy the antics of some of our outside neighbor's cats. I learned some new terms when reading your cat facts. Thanks!
Ellen Mitchell on July 05, 2020:
Nicely written. I am enjoying the benefits you listed.