Cat lovers around the world sing the praises of their furry friends, and you might be feeling tempted to bring a feline into your home. Cats make fantastic companions and there are lots of different breeds available so you’re sure to find the perfect match. If you’re still unsure, here are three reasons to take the plunge.
#1 They’re low maintenance
Different pets require different levels of maintenance. Dogs are extremely people-centered. They need lots of attention and can’t be left alone for more than a few hours at a time. They also need to be walked (sometimes several times a day) and training can be a laborious process. Other pets like lizards and snakes demand complex aquariums with the correct lighting and temperature settings. Cats, on the other hand, need less expensive care.
They’ll groom themselves, though you will need to brush them occasionally. They’re happy to use a litter bowl (some people even train their cats to use human toilets) and are fastidiously clean. As long as you prepare adequate food and water you should be able to leave your cat alone for the length of the working day – some might even enjoy the peace and quiet! Though you will need to ensure lots of toys and climbing areas along with a good scratching post.
#2 They’re cheaper to own than dogs
Cats are much, much cheaper to own than dogs. Taking into account everything from food to vet’s bills and toys, the long term cost of cat ownership doesn’t even come close to that of a dog. Even though cats (especially indoor cats) live longer than dogs, their prices still don’t match up. That’s partly because cat food is cheaper and cats are smaller (thus eating less) but they aren’t as prone to the health problems associated with many over-bred dog breeds.
More and more pet owners choose cats as eco-friendly, too. Feeding and caring for a cat has a smaller carbon footprint than looking after a dog. Cats also prefer eco-friendly fish to meats like beef or intensively farmed crops like corn. Establishing the right kind of diet to meet a cat’s nutritional needs is still important, however, so it’s vital that you research pet food in Maricopa and consult a vet. A good diet leads to a healthier, longer and more fulfilling life.
#3 They’re friendlier than you think
Lots of people associate a cat’s independent streak with a certain aloofness. They presume that, since cats aren’t dependent on their humans to meet their every emotional need, the animals aren’t particularly friendly. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Cats adore people and they love to cuddle. While they do value their alone time, cats will make a big fuss of you when you return from work or if you’ve been on holiday. They love to be petted and a cat’s purr has known psychological benefits.
Some breeds are, of course, more affectionate than others. Ragdolls are just that – they’ll collapse into your lap for cuddles at the first possible opportunity. Persians, Maine Coons and Siamese cats are highly affectionate, as are the rare Sphynx and Birman.