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Why Cats Make Wonderful Companions
Welcome to December, National Cat Lover’s Month! In celebration, we’ll chat about why our feline friends make wonderful companions, despite some misconceptions from those who have never had the joyful experience of a sweet kitty “making bread” and purring in their laps.
Being a pet parent is enjoyable and rewarding, and owning a cat is peak enjoyment. Cats are fantastic companions, and are especially suited to pet parents who live in smaller spaces or who are well-suited to an independent critter to cohabitate with.
People who own cats have been shown in studies to have lower levels of anxiety thanks to the calming effect on the nervous system that petting a cat has been proven to have. Most cats are independent and require minimal grooming and care, but are also affectionate and attentive to their owners. Cats are generally quieter and require less energy than their canine counterparts, and are wonderful pets for owners with limited mobility, as they don’t require walks and enjoy playing with toys on the ends of strings or sticks.
Cats have a long lifespan when it comes to pets- in fact they can live as long as twenty years! We all know that one of the hardest parts of pet ownership is bidding our furry family members goodbye- but with cats you’ll enjoy a long and satisfying relationship.
Pet parents enjoy their feline companions for a variety of reasons, and they also additionally benefit from the fact that cats are lower maintenance pets overall. Requiring less space, training, grooming, and attention, a cat is less expensive to own. In addition to being quiet (or at least, most of the time) cats are independent and are perfectly content to entertain themselves. Most cats will not require constant attention, and while they’ll enjoy a nap in your lap while you watch tv, they’re just as likely to find a sunny spot elsewhere until dinner time.
Cats are also great roommates because they act as pest patrol. Cats have long been invited into human homes and onto farms to keep down rodent populations, but did you know they’re just as likely to keep your home clear of flies, spiders, and even roaches? Helpful and affectionate? That’s amazing!
Cats are great for your health as well. Aside from the natural calming effects of petting your cat, scientific evidence has confirmed that their purr can also help to calm your nervous system and lower your blood pressure. The additional bonus? Cat owners have been reported to carry a lower risk for heart disease and stroke. While cat hair is one of the most common allergens, early exposure to cats can help kids to develop a stronger immune system that not only is resistant to cat allergies, but additional allergens as well.
Finally- cats are adorable. There’s no shortage of cute cat content on the internet, and it’s easy to see why. With their curious nature, charming faces, and hilarious antics, cats keep us entertained while providing us with unconditional love. Your cat companion, if you’ve yet to have one, is out there waiting for you. Shelters always have plenty of cats available for adoption- so choose a feline companion to join your family and start reaping the benefits.