Whether you’re “Team Cat” or have a soft spot for all four-legged critters, you have to admit that cats are on another level of cute. I mean, those whiskers, those silly antics with their toys, those adorable eyes… what’s not to love?! So in honor of December being National Cat Lover’s Month, let’s review all the reasons why cats make wonderful companions!
They’re low maintenance
Compared to many other pets, cats are pretty easy to care for — making them perfect for those with busy schedules. You don’t have to let them outside multiple times a day, you don’t have to train them to sit and they come housetrained. Some cats, like long-haired breeds, may require some grooming, but it’s still less involved than taking dogs to their regular grooming appointment!
If you’re concerned about noise levels in your apartment, cats may be a better option. You don’t have to worry about loud barking or any noise, except for any instances where they may knock things off shelves. Even if your cat meows occasionally, they’re still much quieter than dogs.
Housetraining isn’t an issue
One of the best reasons why cats make wonderful companions? Housetraining isn’t an issue. Anyone who has owned a puppy can tell you that getting them housetrained isn’t an easy feat. Fortunately, kittens already know how to use a litter box as soon as you bring them home. Just show them where it is, and they’ll know to use it.
While dogs generally require lots of attention, cats are pretty independent creatures. Because they sleep about 15 hours each day, you don’t have to feel guilty about not being home. Even when you are home, cats are generally content just to be around their humans and not demand your full attention.
They help you de-stress
Pets are proven to reduce our stress levels and cats certainly are no exception! In fact, a 2009 study found that there’s a correlation between owning a cat and reduced stress levels. The same research also found that owners have a 30% lower risk of dying from a stroke or heart attack than non-cat owners — even considering heart-harming factors such as cholesterol levels, diabetes and smoking.
They’re good for your health
Cats have a calming effect on their owners, and it may be partly due to their purring! and research has shown that cats (domestic and wild) typically purr within a frequency range of 20-50 Hertz. A 2001 study from the Fauna Communications Research Institute in North Carolina revealed that cats purr within a frequency range of 20-50 Hertz — frequencies similar to ultrasound therapy. This type of therapy is especially beneficial for bone growth, dyspnea, edema, muscle growth and pain management.
They can lead to fewer allergies
Research has shown that children under the age of one who lived in a home with two or more cats or dogs were less likely to develop allergies. Interestingly, it wasn’t limited only to pet-related allergies! In fact, exposure to pets at a young age even helps prevent common allergies like dust mites, grass and ragweed.
They keep your house pest-free
Because cats are hardwired to hunt, they’re great for keeping your house pest-free. Fun fact: even the scent of cats is enough to keep some rodents away! Something that you can cuddle with *and* keeps your place free of bugs and mice? Sign us up.
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Allison Wheeler is a writer, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and sixth-generation Texan.