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Why Cats Make Great Pets

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An Overview Of The Many Reasons To Have A Cat Or Kitten In Your Life.

When most people think of pets, they typically think of companionship. A pet is more than just an animal you take care of; they’re comrades that remind us we’re not alone, they’re friends that always have time for us, they’re family that will always love us unconditionally. While all pets can offer these things, choosing the right pet for you isn’t always easy. Below are some great reasons why a cat or kitten would make the best pet for you and your home. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), roughly 25 percent of U.S. households have at least one or more cats and/or kittens as pets. Reason being, cats are amazing pets for a variety of reasons.

Convenience

One of the most appealing aspects of having a cat as a pet is the convenience factor. Simply put, cats are typically low maintenance. This is due to their independent nature and personality. Most cats love attention, but they don’t always need it the way other pets like dogs do. Cats can be left home alone for long hours without immediate attention as long as they have access to food and water. And thanks to modern inventions such as gravity feeders and automatic feeders, providing your cats with fresh food and water is a breeze! This leaves you, the pet owner, with a sense of guiltless comfort and peace of mind knowing that your furry friend is content and happy while you’re gone for extended periods of time for work, school, etc. Having a cat as a pet can be so convenient sometimes, you might not even notice they’re there at all. 

Cleanliness

Owning and caring for a pet can be a dirty responsibility. But, if you’re the kind of person that prefers a clean home and lifestyle, then cats are definitely the pet for you! While excess cat fur is virtually unavoidable, cats are typically very clean animals overall. Cats take pride in having a clean and sleek coat of fur to the point where they are self-sufficient groomers. While most dogs have to be bathed or taken to a professional groomer on a regular basis, cats groom themselves on a daily basis. This saves you both time and money. 

House Broken

Every pet owner fears coming home to an “accident.” Whether you have carpets, hardwood floors, or shag rugs, pet waste will ruin them. Replacing your floors or furniture can be an extremely expensive process, which is why having your pet house broken is so vitally important. Thankfully, cats are domesticated and possess a natural inclination to use a litter box. In most cases, simply present the box full of cat litter to your feline friend and they will do the rest. This also ties into the previously mentioned benefits of convenience and cleanliness. Having a litter box trained cat that can go potty whenever it wants is far more convenient than having to let your dog out for potty breaks every 4 to 6 hours. While not perfect, litter boxes offer a much cleaner option for dealing with your pets bathroom needs. For more expert advice regarding potty training your cat or kitten, check out pets.webmd.com

Inexpensive & Apartment Friendly

Having a pet can be expensive, but not all pets have the same needs. Cats are very affordable pets to have compared to many others such as dogs, birds, and maintaining several fish tanks. Your only essential expenses for owning a cat are food, litter, and vet bills. Even cat toys are also extraordinarily cheap compared to your average dog toy. If you’re on a budget, like many of us, its possible you may also live in an apartment. Your friends here at ParaMount Pet Care understand that providing your pet with enough space in this situation can sometimes prove difficult. Too small of a living space for most pets can become both stressful and unsanitary for for everyone living there. Thankfully, cats are fairly small animals and therefore don’t require that much space making them the ideal pet for apartments. Let’s be real,  it were up to your cats, they might be content spending most of their day in a cardboard box. My cat lovers out there know just how true that may seem!

Pest Control

Bugs and rodents are almost inevitable nuisances that will eventually make their way into your home. Hiring exterminators to spray your home or property with harsh chemicals will usually help, but there’s a better, more natural solution to this problem. Yes, it’s cats! Cats are natural predators. Although they are domesticated, they still have the instinctual mentality of a hunter and will naturally fend off mice, rats, vermin, and bugs from your home. 

Great For Children

Cats are amazing pets for adults, but even more so for children. Children are very impressionable and develop many of their social skills at a young age. This development includes interactions with adults, other children, and with animals. Studies have shown that children growing up in a household with cats tend to develop more social and cognitive skills at a faster rate. This is because cats, like humans, are very social creatures. Cats need social interaction and love just as much as they need food and water in order to truly thrive. Having your child exposed to cats at a young age can help them become more sociable and give them a better understanding of both love and responsibility. But cats help build more than just social skills, they also help build up immunities. Studies have shown that children growing up with cats have stronger immune systems. Being around all that cat fur and dander can help your child in the future when it comes to developing allergies and having allergic reactions and symptoms. 

I Need A Cat!

With all of those “pawsitive” attributes, don’t you think cats are wonderful animals to have as pets? They’re easily one of the cutest pets out there! They’re overall low maintenance and comparatively inexpensive; clean and easy to house train making them the ideal pet for apartment life and busy work or personal schedules; protect your home from unwanted critters; great for young children; and did I mention how cute they are? If you’re considering getting a cat, but still on the fence about it, try visiting your local animal shelter to interact with a cat or kitten in person. There’s a good chance it’ll be love at first sight because when it comes to pets, cats are absolutely purrfect! If you enjoyed this article, then be sure to check out our other cat-themed article entitled National Cat Lovers Month. We promise it is the cats’ meow! 

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