Who doesn’t love cats? Not only are they beautiful creatures and a joy to be around, they are also independent and adept at looking after themselves. If you think that a cat would be a welcome addition to your household then you need to decide where to get one from. You could approach a professional breeder, and there are a number of reasons that many people prefer this route.
However, nothing can come close to the satisfaction of adopting a cat from a shelter and taking it home. If you know anyone who has adopted a cat, then ask them if they have ever regretted the decision, the answer is almost certainly no. Given that it is now easy to access cat allergies treatment, many people who would previously have been unable to own a cat are finding it is now a possibility. This has helped to increase the rates of cat ownership.
Unfortunately, as rates of ownership increase, so does the rate at which pets are abandoned or removed from their owners’ care. They then inevitably end up in a shelter. Adopting a shelter cat will give it a second chance, a new opportunity at a good life, and you get to make that difference. Here are some of the most compelling reasons to adopt your next cat.
The act of adopting a pet, knowing that you are doing a good deed and making a positive difference to the animal’s life, gives you a reason to feel good about yourself and can therefore positively impact your mood. But cat ownership itself has been demonstrated to be very beneficial for our psychological health. Spending time with cats has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in the short term, and to have a positive impact on mood and outlook in the longer term.
Cats are very independent animals; they are quite capable of exercising themselves, and so are very well suited to owners who wouldn’t be able to make the time required for a more high-maintenance animal such as a dog. As long as you install a cat flap in your door they will be able to let themselves in and out – this is useful if you live in a property without a garden – they will then exercise themselves.
They Are Great Hunters
Cats are a great way of controlling pests, as they will hunt most small animals, including mice, toads, frogs, rats, etc. They will even keep spiders away! Of course, the flip side to this is that they will bring you the occasional ‘present’ or trophy.
Cats are particularly gentle creatures and therefore make great companions for kids. Cats can be very playful but are less susceptible than other animals, such as dogs, to becoming over excited. Their light weight and agility make them unlikely to unintentionally injure young children.
If you are considering cat ownership, then you should look for your local animal shelter and take a look at what they have to offer. Adopting an animal is a good deed that you are unlikely to come to regret. Cats make for loyal companions and are a proven way of reducing stress.