If you’re a cat person then you will know how loving our feline companions can be. Known for their staunch independence and habit of bringing in dead “presents”, every cat has its own personality.
Some kitties love a cuddle and even let you stroke their fur whereas others prefer to chase their favourite toys. A cat is more than just a pet, they are a member of your family and that’s why you need to think carefully before welcoming one into your home.
Pros of Owning a Cat
- They are creatures of habit
Having a cat in your home is a great form of stability. They’ll wake you up every morning and they love to sit in the same tiny spots during the day. You’ll even notice they have their favourite (and least favourite!) foods and have all sorts of adorable quirks. If you’re looking for someone to rely on, your pet cat is undoubtedly that!
- They’ll love you unconditionally
Despite popular belief, cats are actually very affectionate companions. The difference between them and their canine compadres is that they will show you love when they want to, and not always when you want it! A pet cat loves nothing more than sitting on your computer keyboard or on your lap when you’re trying to do something, but you won’t have the heart to ask them to move.
- They’ll keep pests away
As tiny little predators, cats will keep your home free from rodents and bugs. Except for when they decide to bring you a dead mouse as a present, which is honestly just another way of them showing they love you – we promise!
- They are clean
Did you know that cats bathe themselves? Their tongue has a rough texture, which allows them to comb for any dirt in their coat. This means your pet cat will be super clean and will actually smell pretty good, so if that typical ‘pet smell’ is something you were worried about then your mind (and nose) will be at rest with a cat.
Cons of Owning a Cat
- They have to eat fish and meat
If you’re vegetarian, vegan or just not a fan of the smell of fish then having a pet cat might not be for you. As carnivores, house cats have to eat meat products to survive as the amino acid taurine is essential for a cat’s health.
- They have minds of their own
Unlike a pet pooch, your feline friend may not offer you unparalleled attention and loyalty. If there’s something more interesting going on, like a bird in a tree or a moth in the other room, then the chances are your cat doesn’t fancy a cuddle right now. You’ll have to wait for them to decide it’s time to curl up on your lap.
- They have sharp claws
Cats have sharp claws (and teeth) and they’re not afraid to use them. Other cat owners will tell you that sometimes their kitty can be overzealous with those razorblade-like paws, especially when playing or feeding them medicine. Always keep an eye on young children when a cat’s around as they won’t hold back if they’re annoyed.
- Cat hair will get everywhere
Although cats themselves are quite clean, they do often cast their fur across soft furnishings and carpets. Some cat breeds are worse at casting than others, so get a short haired breed if this is something you’re worried about. You can also purchase a special brush for removing loose fur from your pet cat, but they might not enjoy the act of brushing as much as you!
All in all, owning a cat can be a very rewarding experience. It’ll teach you the importance of maintaining another life, with a lot less effort than with a dog.
Having your very own tiny carnivore at home comes with a range of benefits, but also a few drawbacks so think carefully before inviting one into your home.