Why adopting a cat might just be the purr-fect thing fur you.
We've all seen the funny viral videos of cats making fools of themselves before and had a very good laugh both with ourselves and friends and family members and we all feel fuzzy inside as a result. Many of us have also seen Garfield, Puss in Boots from Shrek’s famously bulging eyes, amongst numerous other shows featuring our furry friends). Indeed, we seem to see cats just about any-and-everywhere
But these viral videos in particular can often also cause some of us to doubt why we might not be very good looking after one of these funny little felines ourselves. After all, surprisingly enough, cats cannot actually talk like Garfield or Puss in Boots do (we know, we’re sorry!) and can (as we’ve all seen) cause chaos in the house due to their curious nature, which could send Mum and Dad up the wall even further than the cats can jump!
But, fear not, dear reader, the pros of having a furry friend well outweighs any possible concerns you may have, and by the end of this blog, you shouldn’t need much more purr-suasion from us!
Do you wish you could adopt a cat, yet worry that you may not be able to give a potential purring pal enough time due to work and other commitments? Fear not, friend! Beyond feeding, watering and changing litter-boxes, there is very little else you need to do, and your cat will be fine. Cats are very independent animals capable of cleaning and entertaining themselves, which gives you the freedom to spend quality time with your kitty whenever the time allows!
Plenty of Com-paw-nionship
Ever came home after a bad day at the office, collapsed on the sofa and just feel like the world is getting you down? Cats are very affectionate pets, and can instantly raise your mew-d, whether by jumping next to you, or being the first thing you see as you open the door into your home. They initiate contact with humans and create connections similar to that of a caring family member asking “How’s your day been?”, and whoosh, your self-esteem is restored. And the even better news? You get to experience this joy for years to come!
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.”
— Sigmund Freud
In fact, this has even been pointed out in an Australian psychological study that cat owners’ psychological health can be far greater than normal, just through the sheer sense of fulfilment and satisfaction that having a little furball of joy can provide!
Lower Stress, Anxiety and Health Issues in General
In recent years, mental health has become a much more prominent talking-point in how we function as humans as understanding has become greater, and as it turns out, having a cat can be a very positive way of improving this.
There are few simpler, yet greater joys than the act of petting or playing with your fur-riend. Cats provide hours of fun for us, whether it is them relaxing in funny positions, or chasing near-enough anything that moves! All of this, releases endorphins into our brain and we feel absolutely fantastic for it! Remarkably, the purr of a cat can also help lower our blood pressure and relax the nervous system! So not only are these fabulous felines good for our minds, they’re good for our body and soul too!
An Excellent Purr-sonality Indicator
Channelling your personality and expressing it to others can often be a difficult task for many of us, we are always looking for ways to expressing ourselves, and often we can be more introverted than what is deemed the norm. Lucky for you then, that a cat could just be the thing to break out yours! Much like a child to its parents, a cat can often mirror the personality of its owner, and even vice versa. It has even been argued that owning a cat can be viewed as a sign of intelligence amongst peers!
Now, whilst we certainly won’t argue this as fact, in fear of insulting our non-cat-owning readers, we certainly will argue that kitties are most definitely very complex, intelligent beings that sometimes aren’t showcased accurately in the viral videos and popular media we consume.
As a result, it is no surprise then that great-and-complex human minds such as Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft and Isaac Newton all were massive cat-lovers! In fact, we’ll allow Mr Lovecraft to summarise our furry friends:
“Cats are the runes of beauty, invincibility, wonder, pride, freedom, coldness, self-sufficiency, and dainty individuality—the qualities of sensitive, enlightened, mentally developed, pagan, cynical, poetic, philosophic, dispassionate, reserved, independent, Nietzschean, unbroken, civilised, master-class men.”
— H. P. Lovecraft
Now, those sure are a lot of words to say “cats are great!”, but his general point rings true: cats are truly wonderful, fun and intelligent beings, that could be of tremendous benefit for yourself, and there are thousands upon thousands ready to be adopted that may just be the pal you’ve been looking fur!
We hope this has been helpful to you all and given some insight into what joys owning a cat could provide you!