New Pet Owner
Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Cat
You made the decision that you are ready for a pet, but now you aren't sure which pet is right for you. Here are the top 5 reasons why a cat may be the purr-fect addition to your family.
1. Let's start off with first impressions – they are cute!
With so many varieties to choose from- long or short hair, tabby or calico - there is a feline companion out there to satisfy all of your cuteness needs. And if you are looking for a younger companion, kittens are the ultimate choice in the cute category.
2. They are low maintenance pets.
Do you work long hours? You don't have to walk your cat after a long day at the office (but extra points if you do!). Do you often go on overnight trips? You can usually get away with leaving your cat overnight with a clean litterbox, ample food and water, without needing a pet sitter. Looking for a friend to snuggle on the couch on a rainy day and watch movies with? Well then, a cat can be a perfect match! And since they are low maintenance, you can be confident that if you have lifestyle changes in the future, your feline friend will likely still fit in well with your family.
3. They are small home/rental property friendly.
If you are short on square feet or have a landlord that you need to appease, a cat might be the best option. Rentals seem to be friendlier toward cats, possibly because there is no concern for barking that could annoy neighbors. Since cats don't take up much space, they can be the perfect companion in smaller spaces like apartments, condos or tiny homes.
4. Humans have a long history with cats.
It is believed that humans have kept cats as companions for over 5,000 years.1 In some ancient cultures, they were regarded as gods or goddesses and thought to bring good luck. History proves that cats make faithful companions and they will allow us to worship and pamper them as the feline deities they are!
5. They need us!
The ASPCA estimates that approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.2 million are cats.2 Although that number seems to be declining in recent years, that is a lot of kitties that need homes!
Written by Renee Rose, an animal health professional and proud owner of a domestic short-haired, black & white kitty, named Lucy.
- Velde, Herman te. The Cat as Sacred Animal of the Goddess Mut. E.J. Brill, 1982.