15 Reasons Not to Have a Pet Cat

Updated on June 4, 2019
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Paul has lived with cats on and off for many years. He understands the positives, but also the potential negatives.

Cats (especially kittens) are cute, but there are numerous downsides to owning one, including clawed furniture, stinky litter boxes, and hair everywhere.
Cats (especially kittens) are cute, but there are numerous downsides to owning one, including clawed furniture, stinky litter boxes, and hair everywhere. | Source

They may be the world's most popular pet, but our furry feline friends have plenty of downsides. Whether it's the vomited furballs on the carpet, the stinky litter tray, the clawed and shredded furniture, or the slaughtered neighborhood population of small birds and mammals, cats have a lot to answer for.

The Negatives of Having a Pet Cat

  1. Aloofness
  2. Litter Box Problems
  3. Fleas
  4. Clawed and Hairy Furniture
  5. Expensive Vet Fees
  6. It Makes Traveling Difficult
  7. Allergies
  8. Dead Birds
  9. Training Difficulties
  10. Vomit and Hairballs
  11. Disrupted Sleep
  12. Scratches
  13. Cat Hair
  14. They Always Want to Go In (or Out)
  15. Weirdness

I will explain each negative in more detail below.

1. Aloofness

Yes, they can sometimes be affectionate, but it's always on their own terms and they mainly see you as a servant. (A dog, on the other hand, is almost always pleased to see you, and even looks up to you.)

2. Litter Box Issues

Cat poop and pee are disgusting. Even grosser is to have it done inside your home. Changing the litter box is one of most stomach-turning chores ever.

If you get a cat, you may have to deal with flea problems.  That means not just treating your pet, but also your house for fleas and their eggs.  This can be expensive, very disruptive, and time-consuming.  It can also take several attempts to work.
If you get a cat, you may have to deal with flea problems. That means not just treating your pet, but also your house for fleas and their eggs. This can be expensive, very disruptive, and time-consuming. It can also take several attempts to work. | Source

3. Fleas

All they need is contact with another animal. Getting rid of the fleas can be time-consuming and expensive. It's not just the feline that you have to treat, your house and all its contents can harbor flea eggs after an infection.

4. Clawed Furniture

Cats will shred your furniture. Your expensive couch is just a scratching post to them and it will end up in tatters.

Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.

— Christopher Hitchens

5. Hefty Vet Fees

The veterinary bills can cost you a small fortune if your feline falls ill.

6. Traveling Is Hard

Cats are poor travelers. They are fine on their own for a weekend, but spend any more time away from home and you will need to pay for a cat sitter.

Cats make poor travelers.  Even a trip to the local vet can be fraught and difficult.  If you go away on vacation, don't expect to take your feline with you.  You can leave them at home for a few days, but any longer and you will need a cat sitter.
Cats make poor travelers. Even a trip to the local vet can be fraught and difficult. If you go away on vacation, don't expect to take your feline with you. You can leave them at home for a few days, but any longer and you will need a cat sitter. | Source

7. Allergies

Cat allergies are a relatively common condition. It may or may not affect you, but can be an issue if you want to invite friends and relatives over to your home. Cat phobia is less common, but may also interfere with your social plans.

8. Dead Birds

Cats are natural-born killers. They are programmed by nature to hunt, even if they have a full belly and aren't hungry. Populations of birds, small mammals, and other local wildlife can be decimated by the presence of cats.

9. They're Virtually Untrainable

Cats are self-willed and sometimes impossible to train. Unlike a dog, felines will not obey orders or even bother to acknowledge them most of the time.

10. Vomit and Hairballs

Cats vomit regularly. Sometimes it is caused by hairballs, sometimes illness, and sometimes you simply just don't know. It doesn't matter—whatever the cause, you still have to clean up the vomit.

Cats spend most of their day asleep, usually somewhere between 16 and 20 hours a day, depending on their age.  They remain alert, however, during their resting periods unlike humans, and are fully operational almost instantaneously if awoken.
Cats spend most of their day asleep, usually somewhere between 16 and 20 hours a day, depending on their age. They remain alert, however, during their resting periods unlike humans, and are fully operational almost instantaneously if awoken. | Source

11. Disrupted Sleep

Cats sleep most of the day, but hate the idea of their owner getting any rest. They will walk all over you in bed, knead your chest, purr in your face, tickle your nose with their whiskers and tail - usually they want feeding or attention - but it's still annoying.

12. Scratches

As well as scratching up all your furniture, cats can scratch you up too. Often it is accidental, such as when they jump onto or off your lap. Other times they suddenly get annoyed because you are stroking their belly, or something surprised them. Those little claws are sharp.

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.

— Paula Poundstone

13. Cat Hair

They shed a lot of hair. It gets everywhere. Before you know it there is hair on your clothes, furniture, floor, and just about every surface. Yes, you can comb the cat, but the impact on the problem is limited.

14. Constant In and Out

That going outside, coming inside thing quickly gets old. They whine at you like they are desperate to be let out. Two minutes later, they want to come back in. Then they want to go out again. I don't understand what it's all about but it's certainly irritating.

The ancient Egyptians considered cats to have supernatural powers and worshiped them.  Felines were sometimes mummified after death, because they were perceived as incarnations of the gods.  There were severe penalties for injuring them.
The ancient Egyptians considered cats to have supernatural powers and worshiped them. Felines were sometimes mummified after death, because they were perceived as incarnations of the gods. There were severe penalties for injuring them. | Source

15. Weirdness

Cats are just plain weird. There are reasons why the ancient Egyptians worshiped them as a supernatural gods, and European folklore associates them with witchcraft. Felines are so strange that you will never understand their ways.

Facts About Cats

  • A group of cats is called a clowder.
  • A group of kittens is called a kindle.
  • Cats are crepuscular, rather than nocturnal. That means that they are most active and do their hunting around dawn and dusk, rather than during the night.
  • Male cats are called toms, females are called mollies or queens.
  • Female cats usually sleep more than males in the wild, mainly because they do most of the hunting.
  • They can run up to 30 miles per hour.
  • Cats have excellent vision in low light, but cannot see in complete darkness.
  • They sweat through their paws.

You have to be very insensitive in order to have a cat, because I think they're very independent. When they're kittens, you think they're going to have a dog temperament in that they're going to run to the door when you get home, lick you on the face and cuddle with you all the time, but cats are not that way.

— Jennifer Love Hewitt

Questions & Answers

  • How long do pet cats live?

    Average life expectancy for a domesticated feline is between 10 and 15 years. In general, cats who spend a lot of unsupervised time outdoors don't live as long as indoor cats, who face less dangers.

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      Diondria Harrison 

      62 minutes ago

      I LOVE CATS and every reason I read like "omg thats not a bad thing" my cats are awesome!!

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      Abby m a e 

      110 minutes ago

      He's a guy they need to have somebody depend on them to feel significant that's what you get with a dog

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      Luis 

      12 hours ago

      Why didn't he write a similar article about dogs? Simply this guy is totally against cats, he hates cats.

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      Felicette 

      27 hours ago

      worst article I've ever read

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      Burst 

      30 hours ago

      Dumbest article I’ve ever read!!!!!

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      Kazz Sib 

      33 hours ago

      I've had cats for years and dogs and both are brilliant pets. My cats got me through some really bad times and they have been really loving!! Perhaps the writers cats is so negative because cats are not stupid, they know a cat hater a mile away!! Take your negativity and put it where the sun don't shine mate, especially in these bad times, where people have been abandoning more poor animals !!

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      Keyth scholes 

      33 hours ago

      Cats are not easy but very loving genniue and look after you when ill. Great petsm very intelligent creatures. More reliable than humans. Keep out vermin. Obvio

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      Lili 

      34 hours ago

      Ok someone has hatred for cats..that's fine as long as you're not a writer ! Especially on google or other popular websites on internet. Seriously, take your hatred and GO AWAY !! We don't like people who don't like animals, especially cats, dogs, and other sweet and furry little things. I hope i've made myself clear enough..Have a GOOD DAY

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      Sunshine 

      38 hours ago

      You are insenstive in your own opinion about cats..I love my cats,they are sweet and loving animals,if you can't give love to them,then they are not for you!

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      Lorie Kollock 

      41 hours ago

      I love dogs and cats and I really am tired of people who think one is better than the other. They're different animals and people should respect their differences and choose the pet that's right for you! I personally find that cats are for me. I have 3 presently. They are not standoffish and they love me because they know I love them. They greet me when I come home. They are all lap cats, bed buddies, and love bugs. I have had an assortment over the last 40+ yrs. They have all had different personalities, like people. None have been anti-social. I have my cats declawed at a young age and they are fine, it's NOT abusive, they are running around while still bandaged, and normal after bandage removal in about 5 days. It is possible to find vets now that will do laser declawing and it makes it even easier on the cat. If it was an awful thing I wouldn't do it. We are all happier without the claws.

      So anyway, don't let this stupid article deny you the years of love that you get from a cat!

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      Michelle Strother 

      42 hours ago

      Not a smart move! Alot of people own cats, and love them. This article is about your opinion. I doubt Pet Helpful shares your opinion. If you worked for me, I would have let you go. Sorry but, that's my opinion.

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      Lardy 

      43 hours ago

      My cat does all the things you quoted but is still a superstar.

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      Shock 

      2 days ago

      This article is one of the dumbest of all time

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      Catlady 

      2 days ago

      Dude, are you for real.?!!.I've had dogs and cats in my life and kitty cats.. . .Way cooler..

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      Enzo Scalise 

      2 days ago

      Fine. Enjoy your ugly, annoying, smelly, whining, high maintenance dog.

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      Daniel 

      2 days ago

      You are totally wrong

      I love them the best pet

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      Emily 

      2 days ago

      This article is a load of BS

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      Joei 

      2 days ago

      This guy is a raving idiot

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      Paul goldston 

      2 days ago

      I got a female cat and i tell her no not to scratch the furniture and ignore me and still does it then j have a piece of paper and i shake it and then a spray bottle with lemon juice i spray on furniture then she runs away from the furniture .

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      Kim bede 

      2 days ago

      You have this all wrong !! I have 3 cats 2 do tricks and are very easy to train !! Get your facts straight before you downplay cats !!

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      FLEXXUS THE SLOTH-CAT 

      2 days ago

      How dare u descriminate cats

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      ReddBoi 

      3 days ago

      Ok first,this person is high on crack

      Second, they probably hurt cats for fun

      Third, they are a liar saying that they lived with cats and made up almost everything that they said.

      WORST HUMAN BEING TO EXIST.

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      KittyK 

      3 days ago

      Paul sounds weird

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      cruz 

      3 days ago

      Just garbage or worse

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      Judy 

      3 days ago

      Don't get me wrong I love dogs and cats, but dogs throw up on carpet they pee and poop on floors and at least cats for most part go in the litter box.

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      Blonde Jacobs 

      3 days ago

      Please explain how being weird is a negative. Why is aloofness also a negative?

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      Irmgard 

      3 days ago

      Who has allowed this guy to write his article!? I've never read anything like that before,I don't think he has ever had a cat or dog for that matter.ive had cats for years, everything he says about them is not true,they are loving, acknowledge you when you come home,cover there poo,I have dogs too.

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      Margaret 

      3 days ago

      What a terrible write up and so untrue I love cats I like dogs but much prefer cats anyday !!!

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      J. Garcia 

      3 days ago

      This is a slaughter for cats. Not so Goodman for this guy who wrote this article. How could he live with cats for years where clearly he is not a cat person? Our dog sheds way more than our cat. My cat is potty trained, knows how to conceal his business (which dogs do not do btw) and his litter box dosn’t stink. You better hide your stnky socks cz if he finds it he will try to cover it. And, why hate the kneading? That is what my whole family love most about our cat.

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      Johnny 

      3 days ago

      I have 2 female cats that love attention...both have been spayed...they greet me lovingly when i get home from work....yes they will try my patience on occassion, but they are not human so they dont quite understand...lol

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      Robert lark 

      3 days ago

      Totally rubbish, any day i prefer a cat too a dog. Clean the litter tray every day it will not smell. Dogs get fleas as well, a cat is cheaper at the vet's. Put a cat flap if goes in or out whats the problem. I can carry on but its enough to prefer a cat to a dog already.

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      Frn 

      3 days ago

      Imagine a cat. Take away the cleanliness and intelligence and you've got a dog

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      The Kza 

      3 days ago

      It's nice to see all the butthurt in the other comments. This article doesn't say that all cats have these traits, all the time. Just that they are likely to (which is true).

      My neighbors cat had decided that my property was his 2nd home. So I installed an ultrasonic pest repeller. When my door camera catches him running for his life, it makes my day a little brighter :)

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      Dee 

      3 days ago

      This is one of those "tongue in cheek" articles. Otherwise the author should seek help.

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      Fuck you 

      3 days ago

      Your an idiot

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      Gai 

      5 days ago

      Clearly the author of this article is not a big fan of cats. :) I love cats as well as dogs, and have had one or the other throughout my life. I can vouch that both are very loving, albeit in their own respective ways. And definitely, both have an equal number of positives and negatives.

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      Helen 

      5 days ago

      I love my cats and they can be trained... mine seat to eat upon command... they share love and with their own scratch poles they never scratch the furniture... he got all wrong... I love dogs and cats, actually all animals.

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      Char 

      7 days ago

      I have cats my cat were all indoor one they never Claude my furniture I never got on the kitchen table am I last cat he was a male cat and he was the sweetest thing in the world and he just passed in March and I was so devastated till I don't want another cat he was my baby so I don't know what you're talkin about he was l more loving some people I know

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      Tifft 

      7 days ago

      I take my cats if i move someplace even far away when i go theyle come with me even thou it might be a bit uncomfortable all that heat

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      Laurie P 

      7 days ago

      Sounds the same as having a small child. If you can't love any animal because of their natural instincts and there hygiene be alone and miserable.

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      Cecile C 

      8 days ago

      Dumbest thing I've heard. Scratching post, you can prevent hairballs,if you keep the litter box clean it doesn't smell, they aren't weird they're very smart,they don't go in and out as much as dogs, I've had worse scrathes from dogs jumping on me,my cat sleeps with me, I probably bother her more getting up at night, I've trained my cat to do tricks and if it's cold or raining outside I don't have to walk my cat outside for bathroom breaks,dogs get fleas more than cats that live inside all the time . That said, I love dogs. I've always had both until now.I can't have a dog where I live.

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      Pc 

      8 days ago

      People that have this many negative things to say about having cats or any animal should not own them. They deserve better and you don't deserve them.

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      Janet 

      8 days ago

      Dumbest article ever. Children vomit and tear things up too, but I don't see you writing negative things about them. No dead birds if you keep them indoors where they belong.

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      Erendida Mohedano 

      8 days ago

      Clearly this person doesn't know what they're talking about. They probably have never owned a cat.I have three cats and I can say that it's actually really easy to take care of a cat and they are very affectionate.Its clear that this person just dislikes cats for no reason.Who even decided to post this article of this so called author.

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      Rohini 

      8 days ago

      The most ridiculous article ever!

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      Lynda Boon 

      8 days ago

      Why do people who dislike cats and have probably never owned one, think that they are experts on them and know more about them than cat owners? Ignorant and pathetic.

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      Alexandra 

      10 days ago

      Seriously...stupidest article ever. I love all animals but cats have a certain charm as they are so independent when they show love it's worth that much more. Can't believe this is even posted on a pethelp site?

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      stan 

      10 days ago

      this guy is a idiot ! - big time ! you don't like cats, don't get one but leave the rest off us out of it - I have 2 and love them both ! they are like my buddy's and keep me company

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      Whitneycole19891989 

      10 days ago

      Whoever wrote this is the dumbest author I've ever incurred. I'm guessing he fucks his dog. You wanna know what more embarassing then cleaning up a litter box in the privacy of your home? Picking up dog shit in public. And having your dog piss on every possible sight he sets eyes on. Dogs shed just as much as cats. You can leave a cat for a week and it's fine when your travel. Can you do that with a dog?? Egyptians are the smartest civilization to ever live. Look at the pyramids. Maybe there's a reason they worshipped cats. If a c as t wanted to cuddle me in the middle of the night, I'd be more than happy for than companionship. Cats aren't weird. People are weird. Cats have been toilet trained. Can you do that with a dog? Keep your cat as an indoor cat as they Should be and no "in and out" problems. If you DO choose to have an outdoor and it kills a bird a week.... Who friggin cares. Look at the bird population and how hungers take down deer. It's nature. I coukd go on on every point but I won't waste my breath. This author is a fucking IDIOT.

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      Kirsy 

      10 days ago

      You’re so ignorant, get a life, get a job, get merry, I guess you’re so miserable and unhappy person , you have to mucho time on your hands, do something productive.

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      nanny0929@gmail.com 

      10 days ago

      Id rather have an independent self sufficient cat rather then a barking annoying chewing up everything it can find pain in the ass dog !!!

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      PelicanCat 

      10 days ago

      @Paul, the article author. Your article stinks, totally unnecessary and hateful.

      Cats are the BEST! They are loving, faithful, fun, intelligent beings.

      Maybe cats don't like you cause you don't like them...

      Not all cats kill everything that moves, and many are indoor only. If hoomans take care of the litter it won't stink.

      Any pet is a responsibility...cat's or any pet shouldn't be left alone for days period. They should be looked in on daily, their needs met, including companionship.

      Why are you writing about pets when you don't appear to have respect for them....

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      Ann 

      10 days ago

      My cat is great he sits when it treat time I train him to sit easy simple words to train your cat. You must train your cat in the first three years. My litter box doesn't stink you have to clean it out every day Purina cat litter with order fighting ingredients. You must clean cat litter at lest twice a day . Buy something bigger then the litter box they sell. I bought tote box works great. My cat doesn't eat mice however he will play with them until it dies he will bring it to me then I put in garbage. Yes the are the fur balls and cat hair. However my cat is a indoor cat. My cat is smart and they sense things like someone coming to door.

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      Ellen 

      10 days ago

      Why do you publish crap like this? This article is total bull. You will deal with some issues with ANY pet, but the positives far outweigh the negatives. Don’t believe this garbage. Cats make wonderful pets and will add much joy and happiness to your life - and they are easier, cheaper and cleaner than kids!

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      Steph 

      10 days ago

      This article was the biggest load of crap i have ever read. I cant believe a website called pethelpful would even pay someone to write this and then have the gall to actually run it.

      This article looks like it was written by someone who hates cats. There is no positive view of owning a cat.

      Im sorry i ever even clicked on this piece of trash article

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      Ally 

      10 days ago

      Very interesting, i was about to buy one of them but thanks goodness you saved my life.

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      IB 

      10 days ago

      You may want to educate yourself further and gather info from people who have experience with Cats instead of posting your personal opinion based on a bad experience you may have had with a cat...which may have been a result of your ignorance. Because of individuals such as you... is the main reasons I love animals. I have cats and dogs. They are all rescues. They are wonderful! Dogs have their highlights but Cats are Amazing, loving and affectionate too!!! and very very Clean. They are not meant for people who are impatient and cruel. They are also selective...and perhaps may not cater to anyone such as yourself who may pose a threat and is Loveless towards them... Why would you post such an atrocious article to discourage people from adopting Cats who need a Loving home? If you Don't care for them please keep your comments to yourself. Spread love not hatred!

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      Bunny 

      10 days ago

      I bet you don't have a human companion either.

      I have had cats my entire life & wouldn't trade them for anything. Caring for them is my privelage, for the love & joy they give me.

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      Janet daughtrey 

      10 days ago

      I got cats and love them if you do not like them do not have one but keep your opinions to yourself

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      Coco 

      10 days ago

      Moron who is so desport to write somthing making up lots of crap about the most beautiful spirits God has put on earth to save us. That is what my cats do evey single day, saving me from human being is ugliness. So heart less moron. Shut the hell up

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      Niki 

      11 days ago

      I'm with Cassi below! My cats always greet me when I come home or wake up for the day. Mine don't kill birds because I don't let them out. I make my home"cat happy",giving them a place to hide, and stuff to scratch. And yes, I have dogs, and they shed, vomit, and leave feces for me to clean up. A purring cat in your lap is better than any blood pressure medication.

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      Dumb article 

      11 days ago

      Dumbest thing ive ever read. What kind of message are you even sending.

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      Anon 

      12 days ago

      Wouldn't it have been easier to just say you don't like cats instead of lie about their behaviour? You, obviously, have no knowledge about cats. That makes them misunderstood to you, but the reasons you have written are not factual based but feeling based. Poor journalism.

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      Cassie 

      12 days ago

      Fleas? Dogs can get them, too. Dead birds? Dogs can also do that. Expensive veg bills? Dogs, too, buddy. Litter tray? Clean it like you do your dogs poop in the backyard/when you walk them. Cat hair? You guessed it - dogs also have hair that sheds! Disrupted sleep? Dogs also can do this. Like.. this is just poor "journalism" and was written by someone who is, obviously, not a responsible pet owner. Most of these things, dogs do as well. I own both. This is trash, and i hope you didn't get paid to have such an opinion that is horribly backed up.

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      Jean 

      12 days ago

      Unless this qas in jest, you are ignorant.

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      Amber 

      13 days ago

      This is so stupid you are an idiot very immature

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      Carol Wadey 

      13 days ago

      Well if the litter tray smells, change it! If the cat has flees, flee them. You have to be a responsible owner and then you NEVER have those problems. I have always had cats and they give so much love. But you have to give it back!

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      Sarah Boyette 

      4 weeks ago

      Cats and dogs have their issues but they are very special animals to love. Rather have my cats which i have 3 than any husband or disrespectful kids

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      Bakudan-Kun 

      4 weeks ago

      Wow you fail as an owner all around i bet you're also a bad owner to the dog. I've had massive dogs all my life, till I rescued a feral kitten, long story short, this guy likes to be on my lap as much as possible which can be Abit annoying at times while I work because hes always asking. Then I rescued an older calico female also feral. After bringing her home I expected her to act exactly as you say yours acted towards you or worse be she was feral. See my Dad worked at decent sized Warehouse with a canal and trail nearby. That is where he spotted the calico, he had me built a small house he could put there. After the job was moved she was going to be left alone again. He decided to bring her home, I expected an older feral cat that I'd never be able to touch. But after lying down next to her house and meowing Abit she warmed up to me in a way that made me cry, and I'm a fucking man with Rottweilers and German Shepherds but it doesn't matter because she is the sweetest girl ever! She's now indoors but whenever she sees me, she follows me a gives me a soft meow so I can come down to her level, there she nuzzles my face so hard and constantly gives me licks with nuzzles and it makes me melt. BTW she's missing half her tail and some scarring so I think she had a very traumatic past. But I'm so happy to give her the affection she obviously deserves. If you're not getting affection from cats there's something wrong with you. For whatever reason I'm a source of something for these Feral cats which is why they don't act like they've been homeless most of their lives. To me they act similarly to my dogs, in fact my old calico girl will just rub and lick me the whole time if I let her, I'd say alittle more needy then my boys. As for fleas, umm really? My dogs will get them as regularly as any other animal who goes outside.

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      Monique 

      5 weeks ago

      I have two cats that are potty trained, affectionate. I trained them to scratch their scratcher and not my furniture . My first cat had fleas We got rid of them on the first attempt . I also started bathing them since they were kittens so they like water and are way smarter than you .

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      Vicky 

      5 weeks ago

      You are an absolute idiot. I only read this because I thought there was a catch, as I couldn’t believe anyone would write an article like this. I was wrong, you did, you definitely wrote the most ridiculous article you could think of.

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      Sally 

      5 weeks ago

      The worsed thing about having a cat is when they get very old and have to say good bye. It's too sad for me.

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      Zo 

      5 weeks ago

      Thanks Paul very informative facts, opinions, reasons why NOT to have a cat. ALL animals n people r different! To each it's own!

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      MamaCassieL 

      5 weeks ago

      What an idiot. Can I get back the time wasted on this drivel? The "author" claims to have been a cat owner. The thought that this person owns pets at all is abhorrent. At least now I know whose articles to avoid.

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      Mary 

      5 weeks ago

      People like you will never have a cat lick their face because cats can sense a horrible human being from across the room. You, my friend, are one of them!

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      Ruby 

      5 weeks ago

      Cats are awesome and no more trouble than dogs. I have 4 very different cats and love everyone of them. I would be lost without my cats. I love animals and I also have a dog. Cats are so mistreated and its just horrible. We are all Gods creatures.

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      Cat and dog person 

      5 weeks ago

      Pretty obvious u r a cat hater. I have had cats all my life. Several years ago i bought a dog.....didnt realize i was having another baby!!!!! It is just like raising a child. Potty training, and sometimes that doesnt go so well, possibly of yr entire house being chewed up and wanting attention all the time. Yes i do love my dog dearly. There r downsides to owning both. However cats r alot more independent and u have more freedom if u r a person on the go.

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      Big Louie23 

      5 weeks ago

      I can think of a 100 reasons not to live with a human being but I choose not to live alone. I live with one pain in the butt human and 7 pain in the butt cats and loving every minute of it.

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      Lauren 

      5 weeks ago

      Im an animal behavorist & a feline trainer. I have a cat that uses the toilet & 1 that does pet therapy visits to nursing homes leeping elderly happier & living longer. Thdy ate trainable, unconditional & bring the best of instinctual luck. No wonder i live for n worship my best friends!!

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      A patient caring cat owner 

      5 weeks ago

      Just you don't have a cat.

      There are plenty of people who know all about the negatives and are yet willing to give a cat a good home because they are patient and loving people who understand that all animals come with pluses and negatives.

      You deal with the negatives and you still love them.

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      Kathryn 

      5 weeks ago

      I had 3 feral cats show up one day with their kittens. 22 in all. The kittens got homes but I still have the original 3. They are loving and love going for walks. No leash required. To fix fleas try powdered Borax. Works great, sprinkle, wait, vaccuum. Plus, treat your cat! They don't like fleas either!

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      Lisa 

      5 weeks ago

      I have had cats my entire life.They are affectionate, if they trust you. I have also had dogs in the same household.Cats are low maintenance pets.They can be trained. Mine come when I call them.Look at the Russian circus people who have cat acts.awesome.yes,they do have cat litter.scoop daily,not so bad.Brush them out and there will be less furballs.yes,they will cough up furballs.You can train thrm NOT to scratch furniture.a good scratch post with catnip on it does the trick.That is fun.Cats and dogs do get along.My toy American eskimo and my siamese mix kitten provide me with laughs and entertainment. I love my cats.love my dogs.Cats are good for older people shut in,or even people with anxiety and other issues. They provide comfort.Those are worthy things.

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      Lori taylor 

      5 weeks ago

      Well my 4 cats love me so much and i use good litter in there boxes.They are a joy in my life i have 3 dogs who love them too

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      Catman 

      5 weeks ago

      This article is dumb, cats are wonderful pets who each have their own unique personality.

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      Susanne T. 

      5 weeks ago

      My cat Romeo is a lover. He's very clean, smart and sweet. He also walks on a leash and I have a stroller for him that he loves. Cats are great pets as well as dogs

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      Sam 

      5 weeks ago

      Probably the most inane article since the trump hydroxichoriquine admission. Get serious! Cats are amazing and most assuredly smarter than the person who wrote this article. I would suggest you inject bleach and see if it changes your opinion of cats.

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      Gayle 

      5 weeks ago

      It stands to reason that you have never owned a cat or understood one. I grew up with cats and none of them even resembled all the negative attributed you have given. As for trading them, that’s a misnomer too. They are definitely as smart as dogs. If you give them the attention which is not the same as training a dog they are just as loyal. This article definitely needs to be taken down.

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      David 

      5 weeks ago

      Dogs are like abused women, nice, loyal and come back after abuse. If you abuse a cat, it leaves and finds a better feeder and more desirable environment. Dogs smell bad and you have to pick up their poo and you have to walk them. Cats are lower maintenence if you feed them well. If you have a smart one, and I have never had a dumb one, they tell you if you have other pets that have escaped or are in trouble. Only a man who does not understand how to communicate and negotiate with cats could write such a stupid article

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      A Random Guy Posting A Comment. 

      6 weeks ago

      Although I agree that cats are somewhat annoying pets, and that dogs are better, I'm pretty sure that cats don't always hate their owners, and if they do, then it's their fault. I honestly like dogs more, but cats can also make exceptional pets. 'Weirdness' isn't a reason, and it has no strong points. Dogs also take dumps everywhere, sometimes in the house, and in addition, they can be food aggressive. They can cause allergies, too. I would rather have a dog as a pet, but honestly, cats aren't bad pets, either.

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      Meg 

      6 weeks ago

      Well not all cats are like this, but lets not shit on this article too much. Those points are all true. They definitely won’t apply to all cats, but these are all true. I disagree with the fact that they called it negatives, but they certainly are aspects future cat owners should take note of. As much as you may think that this article is cat hating, I’d like to think of it as discouraging spontaneous purchase of cats. It provides clarity of potential cat owners so that they will think twice before making such a huge commitment and won’t abandon their cats when things get difficult.

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      Elaine Floch 

      7 weeks ago

      People who are not willing to protect their cat as people do their dogs the outcome would be much different than your description. If you throw your dog outside to fend for itself it will be hit by a car, poisoned, shot, ...etc etc etc. No one who loves cats should assume its okay to throw them out of the aafety of their home.

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      nicksonic 

      7 weeks ago

      you are not helping you should put, reason to have cat

      and i have cat female that not making something bad like this and she love me she understand me and she never scratch me or couch

      you need cat to learn how to love play with him make lesson to not scratch buy scratching post let them sniffing food that he making because cats is curious and see what happened and sniffing recipe is good and cats is too curious outside he want see what is it

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      Nicholas Jones 

      7 weeks ago

      This is by far the worst article I have ever read, giving them such a bad rep.So.whats the difference in cleaning a little.box and picking up.dogs poop..my cats are loving uet just like me need their time to themselves, and no they are not weird they are curious, they are funny as hell and they are the true.meaning of a introvert. Dude i could go on and on like my cats are not in and out..they stay in and dont go anywhere and im sorry that you are so pathetic and it hurts you that the little kitty doesn't do what you say.Im sure their are many typos in my comment but this dude pissed me off

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      Answer to your nonsense 

      7 weeks ago

      Well I got news for you. Cats are clean they dont smell. Get off your duff and clean the litter box. And my cat walks on a leash understands commands. Dog walkers cant even pick up the mess they leave on everyones property.

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      Dawn Hales 

      7 weeks ago

      Feral cats, and just plain dumped cats by nasty mean people are 2 reasons I dont care for the article. Bad rap for cats.

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      Mamma cat 

      7 weeks ago

      Majority of your reasons you also have with dogs. My cats cuddle with me, sleep with me, wake me up and play with me. So I think your opinion is hogwash.

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      Cyndi 

      7 weeks ago

      Please, please take this article down. It gives sick or just plain mean people the excuse they need in the wake of covd-19 to kill or abuse cats, even more than they already do. As an avid lover and owner of both dogs and cats I have never understood cat haters. As has been pointed out, every negative you mention also applies to dogs, and l spend twice as much money on my dogs than my cats (2 of each). Please take this bait for animal abuse down ASAP.

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      Big banna attack 

      7 weeks ago

      Splish splash your opinion is trash

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      Car 

      7 weeks ago

      Omgsh! Sure are alot of crazy cat hags here! Big deal im sure the article was only meant in light..actually i found alll of the things to be totally true...having had this crazy kitty for a year now after not having had a cat in like 30yrs.buttt even tho he almost put me in the hospital and just recently off the antibiotics and im a lil afraid of him, i adore him and he is worth his weight in gold...i think hez about 15lbs,i wouldnt have any other live in...thanku for the fun true pointers...oh btw wat is with the fanny in the face thing all the time!?

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      Msb08198 

      7 weeks ago

      vet bills. Are you seriously telling me that your dog never gets sick?

      Aloof not all cats are aloof you doof!

      Litter box is not different from poop scoop you have to do for your dog.

      I have lived with both cats and dogs and both have responsibility that you have to keep up with. Your comments are so stupid about aloofness and litter and vet that I did not want to waste my time reading this.

      You are a moron who probably just wrote the most pointless article. If you hate cats don't get it but keep your idiotic opinions to yourself. I mean grow a brain.

      You seriously need to get a clue.

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