Thursday, 11 April 2019

8 reasons why cats are the best pets

We may be biased, but when it comes to choosing the purrfect pet we think you’d be better off with a cat.

While we love all animals, there are certain benefits to welcoming a feline friend into your life, and of course you’d being doing one of the kindest things possible – giving them a loving home.

However, if you need some convincing, here are just some of the top reasons why moggies are particularly marvellous.

1. You don’t need to walk them 

tabby, ginger and white cat lying on bed

In the age-old debate of cats vs dogs, this is definitely a key factor that falls in the felines’ favour. If stomping around a frosty field at 7am with an excitable mutt in tow doesn’t sound appealing, remember that you could be curled up in bed with a cuddly kitty instead.

2. They groom themselves 


ginger and white cat licking paw

Cats are clean creatures and will usually be happy to groom themselves to keep their coat in tip-top condition. Some moggies may need a bit of help with some brushing, but this is much less expensive than a trip to the puppy parlour and creates a lot less mess than doggy bath time!

3. You can leave them alone for short periods


man on sofa drinking coffee with cat

Moggies are quite independent by nature and so don’t mind spending some time alone while you go to work or go out with your friends. They’ll be patiently waiting for you (and their dinner) when you get home. However, if you want an excuse to ditch your plans and spend some time with them on the sofa, they’ll be happy to provide you with an alibi.

4. They don’t need a lot of space 


ginger and white cat lounging in cat bed

Whether you live in a sprawling mansion or a compact apartment, there’s always space for a cat. Even if you don’t have a garden, some cats are in need of an indoor-only home and so would suit your situation perfectly. As long as they have a food bowl, water bowl, litter tray, scratch post, some cat toys and somewhere to sleep, they’ve got all they need.

5. They don’t need training 


silver tabby cat on fur rug

Cats usually have things figured out when it comes to toileting and will master the litter tray with minimal help. You don’t need to spend time training them to sit or stay as they’ll come and go as they please. In fact, as many cat owners will know, it’s usually the cat that ends up training you.

6. They’re quiet (most of the time) 


black cat meowing

Your neighbours don’t need to worry about constant barking or yapping disrupting their peace and quiet as cats have other more quiet ways of communicating. They use smell, body language and the occasional stare to let others know what they want, although a cute little meow can be deployed if the situation calls for it.

7. You have to earn their respect 


tabby cat paw on human hand

This may not seem like a plus, but once you’ve put in a little bit of work to let your cat know they can trust you, the love you will get in return is so rewarding. The first time they approach you for a head bump or sit on your lap for a snooze is the best feeling in the world.

8. They provide you with hours of entertainment 


black and white cat sprawled out on floor

Whether they’re sleeping in bizarre positions or zooming across the living room in pursuit of a catnip mouse, spending time with your cat will be more entertaining than a Netflix binge session. Every moggy has their own quirky traits and discovering them is all part of the joy of being a cat owner.

Are you ready to welcome a fabulous feline into your life? Visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat to see the moggies looking for homes in your area.

12 comments:

  1. I so agree. Our female feline loves getting on her back with all four legs in the air and rolling about our living room. It doesn't look very ladylike but it makes us laugh every time. One little quirk she does have which is a bit frustrating is that she will only eat of a clean plate or bowl. We therefore have lots of washing up!

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  2. We have a blind cat and walk him 3 to 4 times a day. He's worth every moment

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  3. I have a cat's protection cat, he loves belly rubs and a good brush and cuddle, but it's fantastic when he plays, he's so funny.😀cats are definitely better than dogs. At least they are not noisy and irritating

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  4. My son and daughter-in-law have decided not to have children and have acquired a kitten instead. Betsy is great fun but to hear them play with her, you would be forgiven for thinking that they had a baby!

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  5. Love em all, from our first stray kitten 56 years ago, who was a furbaby, to our current semi-feral from Battersea, who would love to be a lap cat but can't yet find the courage. They're each as different as people, but a lot more forgiving. Wonderful creatures - I can't imagine the dull life without them!

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  6. My little Oliver is very playful and I love spending time playing with him, layed on the floor. He acts like a cab, he waits for me to turn my back and go away, to jump on my feet and run after me!

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  7. I love my cat - but quiet and undemanding he is NOT. He's a rescue Bengal, incredibly noisy and clumsy, and demands a 6 am breakfast. Shut him out of the bedroom? Not if I want to stay friends with my neighbours! If he can't wake me up,he goes and wakes them up instead.

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  8. I have four cats. Each one is different. I just find them so entertaining, affectionate, beautiful and ever so adorable. I also have a gorgeous Cockerpoo that always wants to play with them, but sometimes gets a little to carried away. I have to say a home is not a home unless you have pets.

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  9. Life is so much nicer with my Cats. We all have a special bond, and the love between us is immense.
    They lower blood pressure and just make me feel happy with their easy going presence.

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  10. "THEY DON'T NEED MUCH SPACE"...The advice went on to indicate that some cats can be kept indoors if one doesn't have a garden - which is contrary to the 'official' advice from C.P. that cats DO need access to the outdoors - so who is 'right'? I feel that it all depends on the environment outdoors - proximity to traffic, 'history' of cruel treatment of cats by local youths etc. as well as chronic medical conditions which could get worse during bad weather etc., particularly if the cat is old or/and infirm etc.

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    1. Hello, while most cats do need some outdoor space, there are some that need to be kept indoors (perhaps because they have a disibility or are FIV positive).

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  11. I have homed a Cat Protection cat - Minnie - and I totally adore her. Not having had a cat for years I didn't know what to expect but I was so delighted to find that she is absolutely brilliant! I'm tempted to have more but I know I won't (I think!). Time will tell. If you are unsure about rescuing a cat... don't think about it for too long, just do it. The rewards are worth it.

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