Almost 70% of American households have at least one cat. Should you join the majority? Deciding whether to adopt a cat is a tough call. There are obvious pros and cons to owning a pet, of course, but opening your home and heart to a feline companion has risks and benefits that you may not have considered.
Pros of Owning a Cat
The biggest benefit of having a cat is companionship. Cats give you someone to talk to and interact with. Every cat expresses affection differently: Some cats may act as though you’re a tolerated roommate, while others love to crawl into your lap. For folks who live alone, a cat (or two) can make a house feel like a home.
A cat can be a reliable source of emotional support, providing companionship without the burden of human interaction. Many people who have depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions consider their cats to be emotional support animals. This designation indicates that the comfort and affection that the cat provides is critical to their owner’s mental health.
Playing with cats can be incredibly fun. Watching a cat chase a laser pointer or attack a catnip-stuffed mouse can be a relaxing, amusing way to pass the time. Your cat will enjoy it too! This sort of interactive play uses their skills as a mighty hunter and helps you and your pet bond.
Your cat will definitely entertain you, but you have the chance to also amuse others. If your cat is exceptionally beautiful, unique, or silly, you can try your hand at acting as their publicist. Sign your pet up for an Instagram or YouTube account and publish some of their antics. You might have the next Grumpy Cat on your hands, and you’ll never know unless you try.