Today, the cat is the second most common and popular pet in the United States after the dog. More than 500 million cats live around the globe, and in 2017, there was a total of approximately 95.8 million cats living in households in America.
According to Business Wire, 1.6 million cats are adopted each year. Whether you’re a young family, a teenager, a retiree, or a professional, a cat can make a fabulous and prodigious pet.
What are the benefits of owning a cat?
Benefits For Children
- Social Development – Children and adolescents who own cats communicate better with their classmates, have better self-esteem, and report less loneliness. They’re also less restless and worried than their non-cat-owning friends.
- Allergies Resistance – Exposing cats at an early age is known to strengthen a child’s immune system and lessen the risk of allergies in adulthood.
- Emotional development – Fostering love and affection for a cat is known to improve kids’ self-esteem, autonomy, and empathy for others.
- Increased responsibility – Children who have cats, especially those who are actively involved in cat grooming and feeding, learn great skills in fulfilling their responsibility.
- Improved general health – Data shows that the cat owners make reduce visits to the doctor.
- Better cardiovascular health – Cats can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, and even cholesterol levels.
- Improving mental health – Cat owners suffer less from depression and are able to cope with grief, stress, and loss better than non-cat owners.
- Companionship – Cats can be great companions, especially for young children, the elderly, and people who live alone.
Why cats are great pets?
The versatility of owning a cat is one reason why so many people enjoy companionship with cats. Whether you live in a big house or small apartment, cats make great pets. If you’re thinking of keeping a cat, these are variations of the key benefits:
- Cats have less maintenance – Cats are perfect for apartments or city life. They don’t need a lot of space to play and explore. Perhaps the most appealing quality of cats is that they’re lower maintenance and cost less than dogs, which require attention, training, walking, frequent grooming, and more toys.
- They have a long life span – The hardest part of pet owners is parting with your beloved companion. While you’re still likely to outlive a cat, their longer lifespans mean you’ll have more time with them – up to 20 years, in fact. The average lifespan of a cat is 15 years.
- They’re quiet – Cats tend to meow when they’re hungry, but you rarely have to worry about being awakened or distracted from your task by a cat begging for attention.
- They’re independent – The cat will be there when you need her, but they’re also perfectly adept at entertaining themselves.