5 Advantages of Having Cats - Reasons to Have Cats as Pets

Just chillin'! Setzer Marie and Trudy Jane!
Just chillin'! Setzer Marie and Trudy Jane! | Source

Cats Make Great Pets

I’m a pet lover. My family had pets—dogs and cats—as a child, but they were outdoors. We lived in the country and didn’t even take them to a vet. Thus, they weren’t the “family members” that many people consider their pets to be these days.

As an adult, I got my first kitten, “Kitty,” (original, I know!) after I bought my first house. Within a year, I had three cats. Over the past sixteen years, my cat total has ranged from three to a whopping, current SIX cats! In my defense, one was an adorable stray, an orange kitten demanding to join my household. She did, and little Trudy Jane became a darling addition. And the last one was a nearly 17-year-old cat who was blind in one eye. Prince Albert belonged to my dear old neighbor lady who passed away, leaving her old gray cat with no home.

I said all that to say that I’ve had some experience with these fabulous creatures, and I’ve come to know the advantages of having these exquisite cats in my life.


1) Cats are independent!

Outdoor cats can catch mice, birds, and who knows what else if out in the wild. They are resourceful. My cats are indoors, though, and so they DO depend on me for their food and water. What I do appreciate about their independence is the same thing that I appreciate in humans.

Being independent is a trait I admire in humans. So do I in cats. They come to you when they want to, not necessarily running to you and licking you in the face just because you’ve walked in the door.


Cats can sit up in chairs!

Cats can sit up in chairs! My Setzer Marie!
Cats can sit up in chairs! My Setzer Marie! | Source

2) Cats are smart!

I don’t care what anybody says; cats ARE smart. My Oliver talks to me. He looks at me and meows, then starts darting for the bathroom. If I don’t follow, he comes back, meows louder, and runs back toward the bathroom. He does that until I follow. Then he jumps up on the counter and commands me to turn the faucet on for him to have fresh running water.

Oliver and a couple other of my cats also learned to ring the cowbell hanging from the back sliding doors to the screened patio when they want to go out there. How did they learn this? From watching the dog? From experimenting and it working? I’m not quite sure.

My scaredy-cat, Simon, knows the signs of my getting ready to leave the house, so he knows right when to hide out in the house, so that maybe I can’t find him to make him stay on the patio with the rest of the gang.


3) Cats help you sleep!

Cats are conducive to a good night’s sleep. Cats are warm, and they purr. On cool nights, they curl up next to me, warm and furry, with the natural rumbling purr that they produce.

I think mine—four at the time—got me through the cold nights during the power outages caused by an ice storm a few years back. AND—an added bonus—they are natural alarm clocks. Mine wake me up at about the same time every morning; I will never be late to work with them around! I hear that meowing…or have one climbing on my head.



Cats and dogs CAN get along!
Cats and dogs CAN get along! | Source
Can't we all just get along?
Can't we all just get along? | Source

4) Cats are photogenic!

I have always taken tons of pictures of my cats. Cats possess so many different qualities. Some are sleek and elegant. Some are fat and soft. Cute and cuddly. The list goes on. And their expressions are remarkable. Their eyes are beautiful. I can’t keep myself from snapping pictures of my photogenic cats over and over.

5) Cats are low-maintenance

Okay, so yeah, with six, I do scoop the litter box twice a day. But I never have to bathe them like I do my dog, as they have the magic sandpaper tongue! While many dogs will gobble up all their food that is put out, cats seem to know to eat just what they need at the time. Plus, when I go out of town for a weekend, I can put out enough food and water and litter for my cats to get by. My dog, however, has to go with me, or has to have someone to come by to make sure he hasn’t eaten all his food, and to let him go out to do his business.

Advantages of Having a Dog?

With all that said, I adore my dog, that I got nine years after my cat family. He fits in great, and I am totally in love with him. I just want people to appreciate cats, too, as these spectacular felines don’t often seem to get the respect that dogs do. As for my little feline and canine clan, we’re one big happy family!

Trudy Jane deep in thought!

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Reena J 5 years ago

i do agree with your points, but still many love growing up their dogs like a kid in their household...


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, I TOTALLY agree, Reena J! I was just trying to point out the amazing quality of cats, as well. My dog, however, goes with me many places, and he's my little buddy! Thanks for reading and commenting. I do appreciate it!


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thejeffriestube 5 years ago from United States

We've got both in our house. The 3 dogs are the house alarms, oh, and bumbling doofus's. Our 5 cats are the ninja kill squad. Woe be to the odd bug or mouse that comes into the house. They patrol constantly, and plot to overthrow the dogs.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I've lived with both animals for most of my life; I can't decide as I like love both for different reasons. I don't have a dog these days, and I just lost one of my cats. I appreciate you commenting on my Hub about my cats, and referring me to this Hub! Nice job. I couldn't choose between the two animals.

JSMatthew~


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Nor could I choose, J.S!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Victoria Lynh, this is GREAT! I love it! I don't need to add another word...you've said it perfectly. thank you and I agree. UP Awesome Useful Beautiful Interesting and Funny, too.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Lucky Cats! I find a kindred spirit in you and will be reading your hubs about these wonderful feline creatures!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

And if anybody doubts my equal love for canines, look at the picture of my precious little Gizmo at the bottom of my hub. :-)


Ghost32 5 years ago

Two big votes for cats at this house! Ours are such Life Partners that they don't even do the, "It's time to feed me!" thing. Or at least, not much. Most of the time, they (2 cats) both "hang loose", not bugging anybody, till I call out, "Gato! Gato! Gato!"...and tap on the can of Fancy Feast with a plastic fork.

Then he'll show up from wherever he's been hanging out in the house, FLYING to his dish (in my room)--BUT making sure to give me plenty of "Thank You!" head butts AND waiting politely till I'm all done scooping before he digs in.

By that time, Kitten Precious will be perked up and waiting on her perch (favorite spot) for me to come by, wave the open can under her nose. One quick sniff, and pace precisely behind me on the way to HER dish (in PAM'S room).

My ex and I once ran teenaged group homes for a few years. Those human teenagers should have been so disciplined and appreciative! LOL! (Some were, of course.)


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Smart hub! :)

I prefer cats as pets because they are smart enough to take care of themselves most of the time. They fit me because I'm so absent minded. My cat is amazingly smart and intuitive and sweet. She's sensitive but strong and independent. I could, and probably should write an entire hub about her.

Dogs seem to me to not be too smart, but I know that in reality they have done some amazing things and have shown deep love for their owners. I just don't understand them.

I realized a long time ago that all cats are girls, all dogs are boys. Have you ever noticed that? :)


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I did always think that cats are girls and dogs are boys, until I got my current clan. I have a cat named Oliver who is a boy and who, I think, is part dog. He has so many characteristics of a dog, it's funny! I love my cats. They are all unique. But I also love my little canine buddy, Gizmo. He always wants to be with me. And he does some cool things. I love them all! Write an entire hub about your cat, if you want. I'll sure read it!! Thanks for posting a comment!


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epigramman 5 years ago

...so nice to see LUCKY CATS here and well you know - lol - I'd just love this one too with the mention of cats - my two best friends are Little Miss Tiffy (my mum's cat and the diva in the picture) and Mister Gabriel an all white deaf cat and yes I live for them both. I love your writing, full of passion, knowledge and the love for your pets.

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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Epi! I've been delighted to find so many cat (and dog) lovers on HP. They are delightful creatures and a great inspiration for writers. You obviously agree. Thanks for the lovely comment! I DO get passionate about my pets!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Pets are funny--and fun! I meant to tell you that when I first saw your title my first thought was, "Cats don't worry about whether we care to give them a chance. They either love us or hate us." :) If I write that hub I'll link this one to it!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, so funny, R Talloni! You could be right there. That would be a great hub!


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

Don't make me choose. I can't, I won't!! I don't have cats but grew up with them, to the point of mine giving birth in my bed when I was 6 years old, and yes I was in the bed at the time.

I grew up surrounded by farmers in the family and that gave me a love for all animals. I always look for the strength in all breeds and species.

I love cats for being bright enough to look after themselves and come and go when they please.

I love dos for being affectionate, guarding the home and protecting the children and the grown ups. My dogs will almost try to nudge my kids up if they fall down.

I adore Bearded dragons,Horses,Snakes,Hamsters, Guinea pigs. And they are the more domesticated pets. I won't go in to the wilder ones, we will be here all day.

Needless to say, it is easier for me to pick between animals and my kids, than cats and dogs ha ha.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ah, D, you're so funny. I can't choose either. I'm a pet lover.You really take your love to the extreme--haha. Your poor kids....Just kidding. Love your sense of humor. Thanks for reading.


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

Lol. If you met my kids you would be saying "Poor Ddraig". I have 4, and my 2 dogs are a lot easier to deal with. My dogs don't pour 2 litres of juice down the sink because they don't like the taste. Or fight, kick and punch each other.

Ironically, I have Staffordshire bull terriers, the dogs with such a bad rep right now. I call that ironic.


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

hahaha. That's funny. What a houseful! Poor Ddraig!


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Great hub on why cats are so great. I have three cats and couldn't agree more with all of your comments. Thanks for sharing. Voted Up and Awesome!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, carcro. Cats truly are wonderful creatures. Glad you agree! Thanks for reading.


cjoanie 5 years ago

Your are right, cats do have a lot of great qualities and are very smart. But, I still favor dogs, I don't know why, I just do. Let's give credit to both pets.

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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, cjoanie. They are both amazing creatures! And I just checked out petsareagift.com. What neat items!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Hi Victoria...I (my own self) am a dog person. That said... numerous roommates, ex-girlfriends, and (one) ex-wife have introduced me to living with cats. ...I have given them a chance...and I am glad I did...cats are cool. Voted Up and beautiful!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, ThoughtSandwiches, thanks for giving cats a chance! You're right...cats ARE cool! I love both cats AND dogs. All are precious creatures. Thanks for reading, commenting, and voting. Awesome!


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

You're so right! Cats deserve some attention here for being such easy going furry creatures.

With two cats in the appartment I would like to try out having a small dog in the future. No hurry. In the meantime I love being around my cats, making me laugh, cuddling up on my lap and sleeping on top of me.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and funny!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Escobana--do your cats wake you up in the morning when they're hungry, getting on your head, walking on your hair, whatever it takes? haha--mine do. What creatures! They lie on top of me, as well. I always had cats--no dog--until 7 years ago. If you're like me, you'll love having a dog, too. They're like a best buddy. They don't take away from what you feel for your cats, but it's a different kind of enjoyment. Thanks for reading, commenting, and leaving the nice votes!


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Escobana 5 years ago from Valencia

I have a cat that's the first to wake me up twice a night:-( Just like a baby, mister wiseguy needs his food.

Me being stupid from the beginning...gave in to this little furry creature:-) Now I'm used to it. My boyfriend however( a dog person) thinks I'm completely crazy. LOL. After a while he starting talking to the cats.

They lie on top of them, they sleep in between us and they are completely part of the family. Our surrogate kids:-)


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

That's cute about your cats--and your boyfriend talking to them. I can't help but give in to mine, too!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Right now just one cat named Mau-Mau but he's a full third of the family. He does get washcloth baths and appreciates them. He is brushed severl times a day whe he comes in from hunting outside. The rest of his qualities are in several Hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Perspycacious--Mau-Mau sounds wonderful...and pampered! Just as our fab felines should be. I'll have to read about him! Thank for reading!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Victoria, I am surprised that I missed this one! You're talking to the choir, here! I completely agree with you about the advantages of cats. They really are pretty good to have around! Great hub. Voted all the ups!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

prairieprincess--A cat lover after my own heart, it sounds! Thanks for the validation and the votes. Gotta love those cats!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I loved this! I am also a cat lover, although I like dogs cats are my favorite. They are truly photogenic! Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I love cats too, I had many growing up, me my mom, and my older brother. Having a cat as a child is pretty awesome indeed, we use to play some funny games with our Siamese cat years back.

I had some matchbox cars and some fishing string, and would play the leap of faith game with him. This game would be simple, leave the tiny toy car motionless, until the cat came near it, then pull it with the slightest amount of energy and see that cat launch into the air. That use to be fun!

This hub brings back so many joyous memories I've had helping to raise cats, and I use to sleep and cuddle with them at night as well, they truly are loving and intuitive animals, and make awesome companions.

Awesome hub here voted! up and out. "Nice share Kelleyward, for Victoria on FB"


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Kelley! Cats ARE so photogenic. I take tons of pics of my bunch. Thanks for the vote and for sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Cloud! I love your story. Cats do love to play games like the "leap of faith" game you played with them. It's fun to watch them react. I hope you get your cat soon!


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Hi there VL, I couldn't agree with you more. I love my cat. I had six at one time when I lived on 1 10 acre farmette. As you say, one at a time, you seem to accumulate more to the clan. Cats do not run in packs like dogs, but they do understand the meaning of family and do love to have interaction with others, even if it is a dog. I lost my cat Shadow a year ago. I missed him so much I went to the pound and saved a soul. He has adjusted right away into our family. I have two dogs and everyone gets along. Cats are cool.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Golfgal--I love your comments. You are right about cats loving the interaction of others, family, too. Cats are very, very cool. Sorry about your Shadow, but I'm glad you saved another sweet soul.


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afriqnet 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

Victoria,

Its very true that cats are very independent, that is one reason I would prefer cats to dogs for pets. Although cats are amazing pets I think dogs also make the best companions.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

afriqnet--I think that both cats and dogs have great qualities that make them both very good companions in their own ways. Thanks for your input!

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