I know, some of you are going to be thinking, “I’m just not a cat person,” and that’s ok. You can think that. Everyone has a right to his or her own opinion. That being said, you are totally wrong. There is no such thing, in my opinion, as a cat person and a dog person. Let’s stop using these labels, please! Not all cats are the same and this is true for dogs as well. I had a dog, Angel, who lived to be about 17 years old. She was the absolute best dog anyone could have asked for. I’m pretty sure she would have killed and/or died for me. It broke my heart when she passed away. I had another dog, who was named Shakes and not by me, and he was a total jerkface, mean, little, annoying jerk. Actually, I’ve had three cats in my life: Hootie, Oscar, and Chester. To be honest, all of them have been good cats in their own way. How could anyone say they hate cats?! That’s just saying you hate an animal, which I find impossible. I love all animals.
Now, with all that being said, I want to tell you why I think everyone needs a cat in their lives. I’m going to share the experiences I’ve had with raising a cat, Chester, on my own and how this experience has changed my life for the better. This is all just from my personal experience and love for my little buddy.
Why you should introduce cats into your life:
- Cats are constant sources of entertainment and joy. In my household, K and I are always telling each other to “look” at what Chester is doing. Sometimes, he’s not even really doing anything at all! Usually, he’s just sleeping in a funny way.
- Cats are so eccentric! I think cats each have unique personalities and this is true for all the cats that I have had. Chester does things that I’ve never seen other cats do. He is hilarious and strange at the same time. I wonder what’s going through his little kitty mind when he quietly steals my sleep mask and puts it in his water bowl. I love how he basically owns our house and does whatever the heck he wants, such as walking through the files in an open drawer of my filing cabinet. The strange behavior is extremely endearing and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
- They can be such cuddle bugs. Now, it’s true, cats do not always like to be touched or held. I read this is because their fur is very sensitive to touch. If they don’t want you petting them, they will let you know by bunny kicking your arm or just flipping around and nibbling you. Some cats do, however, like to be held sometimes and to cuddle, on their terms of course. Chester and I have a morning cuddle. After he’s fed, he’ll follow me around and sit at my feet until I pick him up, and hold him against my face. He purrs up a storm, but I can only feel his purr. He doesn’t have an audible purr, which makes me sad sometimes, but I can still feel it when I put my face to his neck. He loves to cuddle with his daddy on the couch. There’s nothing better than a cat cuddle.
- Cats know when you are down and try to comfort you. I’ve been very sad and Chester definitely knows this. My grandmother recently passed away and I was crying so much. Chester just came to me and sat on my lap. He didn’t struggle as I cried into him. He even looks sad when I’m sad. They are very receptive to human pain and emotion.
- He smells really good. As weird as this might seem, I love his warm, unique smell. I think it’s a mixture of household smells, but he smells soooo good. “Cat huffing” is a thing.
- The cats I’ve had have been VERY intelligent. Chester is incredibly smart. I think all cats, if they are typically developing, have the capability to be very intelligent. In the wild, cats are solitary animals, which means they have to be clever at hunting and skilled at stalking prey. They are excellent problem solvers. While it is true that dogs have larger brains than cats, a cat’s brain has nearly twice as many neurons (~300 million) compared to a dog’s brain (~160 million). I’ve seen Chester do things that freak me out because they are so clever. Instead of drinking out of a water bowl, he will sit at our bathroom sink and meow loudly to tell us he wants us to turn on the faucet. Instead of drinking out of his water bowl, he will use it to wash his paws after using the litter box. It’s his little sink. I am honestly not making this up. We’ve seen him do it literally hundreds of times.
- Chester has made my life a lot happier. I actually know what it is to love unconditionally. There is literally nothing this little animal could do that would annoy me or make me angry or even gross me out. I don’t hold him to the same standards as I do people and why would I? He’s a cat. He’s precious in every way. I think K can say the same thing. We have something to take care of together and to love with all our hearts. K and I hardly fight anymore. Chester is a constant source of love.
- Cats, and all pets in my opinion, are good for the overall health of human beings. They are good for the mind and for lowering physical stress levels. I’m certainly less stressed and more at ease when I have my little baby kitty around. As someone with OCD, stress and anxiety are constant aspects in my life. I don’t think I’d be where I’m at today without a loving, sweet little pet in my life.
You may not agree with any of these, but honestly, I don’t care! These are just my thoughts and experiences and I’m happy for having them.
Do you have any thoughts on cat ownership? I’d love to hear!