Sometimes families have difficulty deciding what kind of pet to take into their home; it could have to do with preferences, allergies or financial factors.  Have you ever looked at pictures of sleeping or playing cats and thought, “Should I get a cat?” If you like cats and feel that having one would be a great addition to your family… here are seven reasons that having a cat is pretty cool:

1)    Cats are intuitive. 

It’s like they can read our minds—they know intuitively when their owners need more attention, or want to be left alone.  Perfect for any individual who is looking for a loyal friend. 

2)    Cats are playful. 

They can replace the hours of fun and entertainment that your TV or computer provides you with.  Depending on the intensity of the cat’s playfulness, they can even provide you with some physical activity!  This trait makes them perfect for children and people who enjoy having fun and being active.     

3)    Cats are clean. 

There’s no need to give cats a bath or brush them constantly (unless they have a lot of hair or don’t have the ability to clean themselves).  They clean themselves regularly, saving you time and effort in this area.

4)    Cats are independent. 

This characteristic makes cats the perfect pet for workaholics, city dwellers and people living in apartments.   While they definitely do need attention, they’re not constantly going to be jumping on you wanting to play and most won’t feel lonesome or have separation anxiety while you are away for the day at work.  Cats can fend for themselves—as shown by their intuitiveness and cleanliness.

5)    You  don't need to housetrain a cat. 

In addition to bathing themselves, cats are born pretty much potty trained.  All you have to do is set up a litter box and they naturally know how to use it.  This definitely decreases the hassle that comes with potty training a puppy!

6)    Cats are avid hunters. 

Not a fan of mice, lizards or giant bugs?  Well, cats are great hunters and will keep the pest population down in your home.  This also proves how smart they actually are—no human would be able to track down a mouse that quickly without a mousetrap!

7)    Cats are good for your emotional health. 

It’s a known fact, owning a cat can actually decrease your stress level and lower your blood pressure.  This is because of their relaxing purr and ability to keep us content and relaxed by just being near.

Hopefully all of these tips will help you answer the question… “Should I get a cat?” and the answer could be Yes! Oh, and make sure that you check out the available cats for adoption at your local animal shelter.

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