Cats- The New Human Best Friend

Ayla Faullin

Regarding dog and cat lovers, the debate of whose is the better pet is a battle that has yet to be decided. There are many good things about owning a pet in general, including improved mental health. But there are many benefits and surprises to owning a cat, and you may find that they are much more than the stuck-up stereotype. Here are five benefits to owning a cat. 

    • Cats are low-maintenance and independent. While dogs often require a lot of care, from walking and outside time to housetraining, cats are adept and thriving independently. They don’t require much grooming or training, and they often need time on their own to thrive. They are content to stay in the same room as you, and if you are usually busy, a cat might be a good choice for you. 
  • Cats can lower your anxiety and blood pressure. Did you know that a cat’s purr means more than just happiness? Cats also purr when they are ill, and scientists believe it acts as a quicker healing method. Cats can do the same for you, too! A cat’s purr can calm your nervous system and lower your blood pressure, making them purrfect emotional support animals. 
  • Cats are hilariously curious. Cats are often portrayed as standoffish and unwilling to interact. But cats can be very playful and are often fascinated with the ordinary. Bubbles, hair ties, snow, pom-poms, cats don’t need fancy toys to be kept entertained. It can be funny and cute to watch them tussle with an object they’ve never seen before. 

  • Having a cat can keep your house pest-free. We all know that cats hunt mice and other rodents, but cats also instinctively catch bugs. So not only will you have a rodent-free house, but a bug-free one. If your cat loves you a lot, you may find a dead surprise on your pillow, so be careful. 
  • Cats can become life-long companions that love unconditionally. Each cat has its personality and interests, and it is often like getting to know a friend. You earn their respect and trust, and in return, they will love you unconditionally for all of their life. Cats are loyal and even sometimes protective of their owners and will stay by their side no matter what.

No matter how you look at it, cats make good companions. There are so many different breeds and types, and you can find one that best fits your lifestyle. Over 3.2 million cats in the U.S. don’t have a home and end up in shelters. If you are looking for a loyal, loving companion, you should look into adopting a cat from a shelter. If you thought cats were snobby, think again because they are one of the most adorable and sweet creatures on earth.