In the United States, 62% of households have at least one pet. Besides the companionship that every pet offers, research proves there are many health benefits of pets, too, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and improving overall mood. Medical professionals have found that owning a cat makes you 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 40 percent less likely to have a stroke.
It’s true! Cats now outnumber dogs as the most popular companion animal in the United States. Ever wonder WHY cats hold the #1 spot? Here are 8 good reasons you may want to consider getting a kitten as a pet.
- Housebreaking is easy.
More than any other animal, cats like to be clean. Their instinct is to bury their waste, so you just need to show them where the litter box is and keep it fresh and clean. Kittens can be trained in just a few days and, unless you run into a medical or territorial issue, will be completely dependable.
- Small apartment?
No problem. Cats adapt well to smaller living spaces and are even quite happy being an indoors-only cat. This is probably one of the key factors to the growing popularity of cats and kittens. As more and more people are living in mobile homes, apartments and condominiums, compared to a larger dog it’s just easier to have a cat when there is less living space and access to an outdoor exercise area is limited. Plus, climate makes no difference to a kitten kept indoors.
- They offer great companionship for young and old alike.
Go ahead and share the frustration you have at work—cats make great listeners, won’t judge you and love you anyway. Treat a kitten well and you’ll receive unconditional love and affection. She’ll never make comments about how you look or what you’ve accomplished, either.
- Cats need little exercise
Give them a few toys and they are happy campers. While some owners have success walking their cat on a leash, cats will get all the exercise they need even if staying inside. You’ll never have to worry about muddy paw prints the next time it rains all day.
- Cats are naturally clean; they seldom require bathing
Your kitten will spend a large portion of his day giving himself a bath. Shorthaired (which the majority of cats are) cats benefit from an occasional brushing to remove loose hair. Longhaired breeds (Persians and Himalayans, are just two examples) are higher maintenance, requiring daily brushing to keep mats from forming. Keeping your kitty indoors, of course, helps keep them clean and you shouldn’t have to worry about fleas and ticks, either.
- Oops, got a mouse in the house?
We don’t always appreciate their keen hunting skills, but a cat will keep your house free of mice. In fact, with their sharp eye and quick reflexes they will go after about any little thing that is moving about the house. Bye, bye, spiders, moths and other creepy-crawlies.
- Silence is golden
Cats don’t bark. Enough said.
- Cats are low maintenance
While kittens do require proper care, they don’t require constant attention. In fact, cats usually sleep fourteen to eighteen hours a day. They are nocturnal animals, instinctively hunting at night. Luckily for most of us, they will adjust their schedules to more closely align with our nighttime sleeping schedules. Some may consider it a biased opinion, of course, but cats are just easier to take care of than many other household pets.