While cats have been more prevalent in American homes for many years, the debate over whether cats or dogs are the better companion still goes on.
Below we will highlight some of the reasons that some people may choose the feline companion over the canine.
Though there are feral, strays and some cat parents that let their cats roam, most pet cats are indoor cats and are quite content with the comforts of home. They also don't need large houses (for the room) or big yards (for the exercise and containment), though I'm sure they wouldn't be opposed to such lavish surroundings. Just be sure not to confuse their small size (and needs) to mean you can pile twenty cats in one small place, they still need some room, privacy and comfort.
Cats are known for their fastidious personal grooming. While you may wish to wash your cat at some point and time, for the most part cats take care of this chore all on their own. And if you have more than one they will often clean each other (and they may even try cleaning you). This licking of other cats (and their human) can also be a bonding experience for the cats.
Now some may see this as a plus for having a dog, but really if you keep them cleaned properly you should not have problems with odors. You also should be cleaning up after your dogs outside so you can't argue that you have to clean out litter boxes and with dogs you don't. BUT using a litter box keeps YOU from having to go out at the crack of dawn, during snow & rain & freezing temps, etc. There is also not much training with cats & litter boxes compared to dogs and house training.
Although some cats can seem demanding at times generally speaking they are very independent animals. Leave out enough food and water and they can pretty much take care of themselves for quite awhile (though I don't recommend free feeding cats, or leaving them alone for days on end). Dogs always need something - bathroom breaks, attention, exercise.
What can be better and more soothing then cuddling with a cat on your lap and hearing that calming purr? This purring is known to lower blood pressure and stress levels, so there is a human health benefit to boot.
Cats are a ton of fun and love in a compact, self-sufficient package. They are generally cleaner and less messy than most dogs and most cats are easier to care for than dogs.
That being said, most pets (no matter their species) only really want love, respect and basic care for which they will return to you unconditional love and loyalty.
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