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So you’re thinking about taking the plunge. No more fish or hissing cockroaches for you. You’re pondering jumping headlong into the world of furry companionship, otherwise known as cat ownership. Good for you. It’s a wonderful world, but as with all pros there are also cons.
Let’s do the good stuff first, because I don’t want anyone suddenly having a panic attack over owning a cat. The good, for most cat lovers, outweighs the bad.
- They show up pretty much potty trained. You can’t even say that about a human baby! All you have to do is stick them in the litter box once or twice, and bam, instant potty training.
- You will just about never have to run home from a night out to walk to cat. First off, most cats do NOT like leashes. Secondly, they’ll just take care of their business when they feel like it in the litter box. You, did leave the litter box out, right?
- You don’t have to get soaking wet during bath time. Cats are incredibly fastidious, they spend a huge chunk of their conscious day cleaning themselves. I say “conscious” as they tend to sleep during the day. And night. A lot.
- They are a lot easier to have on your lap than a large dog. Don’t get me wrong, I still like dogs, but having a Great Dane curled up on your lap doesn’t seem all that comfy, but that’s just me.
- They purr. It’s a very happy sound.
- Cats will keep you company when your lonely and let you cry when you’re sad.
- Take a laser pointer and point it somewhere on the floor or wall, this will entertain both you and kitty for quite a long time. You’ll probably get bored of it before they do.
- You will probably develop a new appreciation for string. Who knew yarn could be so entertaining?
Alright, there are some negatives:
- They shed. If you own a long haired white cat, may I suggest either no longer owning black or just keeping very far away from the cat when you’re wearing it.
- The litter box can get stinky. As long as you keep on top of cleaning it out it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
- Kittens are adorable, but they can be very hyper. Especially at night. There is usually a lot of running around and sounds of claws sharpening on things you can’t quite identify.
- Cats are rather independent. You can get one that really wants nothing from you other than food.
- They stare at nothing. This is especially creepy at night when you’re home alone and you’ve just heard a noise.
- You probably won’t teach it to do tricks. Seriously, put the Frisbee down, it’s not going to happen.
- Vet bills. As with just about any other pet, there are some medical expenses associated with owning a cat.
As with anything in life, you must take a look at both sides. Sure, there is responsibility, but they really can be extremely loving animals. Just make sure you think it through and are prepared for the whole package if you decide to go ahead. Not just for your sake, but also for the animal’s.