Why Cats Make a Good Family Pet?
One shouldn’t miss out on the joys of having cats! Following are some of the reasons why cats make a good family pet:
1. Cats Are Cheap
First of all, cats are very cheap to feed. Their food choices are simple, e.g., meat, canned food, meals with taurine and vitamins, and they eat way less than dogs. Cats are affordable to acquire, and often these beautiful creatures come free of cost! The veterinary care costs for cats are half of what dogs cost, and the medical care (e.g., pills, claw-clipping, injections, and bandages) for cats is much easier than it is for dogs.
2. Cats Are Easy To Train
Cats are self-cleaning – they don’t need to be bathed since they bathe themselves. Kittens house-train themselves if they’re not with their mothers. They take care of their mess by burying it so they don’t smell. They can also be trained to do amazing tricks.
3. Cats Are Affectionate
They love cuddles and bond with humans just as deeply as dogs do; they don’t bark and make as much noise as dogs, though. If they like you a lot, they’ll come to lie on your lap. Cats will love you unconditionally; they also sense when you are sad and need some cheering up, they’ll come and comfort you when you need it the most.
4. Cats Are Low-Maintenance
A family has tons of things to do, and they will not always get an ample amount of time to take their pets outside, and this is why I love cats! They don’t need to be walked out as their exercise needs can be met indoors.
5. Cats Are Less Rambunctious
I love that cats are less excited than dogs. Living with my family, I have guests or friends over all the time at my place; if I had a dog, they’d get overly excited and jump on my guests, which can be intimidating for many. Cats like to maintain their distance and give you space by staying out of your way and not following you around everywhere.
6. Cats Are Good For Your Mental Health
Cats are good for everyone’s mental well-being as they’re a great source of entertainment. When cats are around, the atmosphere becomes happier and lighter. It’s just so difficult to feel sad when a fluffy cat is around! Cats have the power to reduce stress, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
7. Cats Are Safe Pets
Cats don’t cause anywhere near as horrible injuries as dogs do; sure, they might scratch you now and then, but at least I have never heard of a person dying from cat injuries.
How To Choose The Right Cat
In J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, we learned that a wand chooses its user; the same goes for cats; so, let the cat choose you! If you’re going to a shelter, take your time, and look into every cage and interact with them; go for the one that seems interested in you. After a few visits, you will find that one cat that will seem more loving than others; ask the shelter for its history and take them home.
I would also recommend adopting a rescue cat; many cats need a loving home and their gratitude changes into love quickly.If you are getting a cat for the first time, it is best not to adopt a very elderly cat since they come with expensive health issues, which a first-time owner cannot always handle.
Cats with Calm Demeanor
1. Persian Cats
Persian cats are adorable, spunky, kind, have the sweetest personality, and a calm demeanor. They’re friendly and love affection, and are usually found in a calm state of mind. They are like most cats, just with a whole lot of fur.
2. Ragdoll Cats
Persian cats require a lot of brushing because of their fur; however, Ragdoll cats are pretty low maintenance despite being long-haired. They’re a lot like dogs in many ways; they love greeting their owners at the door, following their owners around, cuddling all the time, and waiting outside the room for their owner.
3. Ragamuffin Cats
Ragamuffin Cats make a great family cat! They love being loved, snuggled, and being babied; they also love holding hands! Ragamuffins also have the best personality - they’re playful and keep you engaged all time; they are also super cute and fluffy.
4. Exotic Shorthair Cats
Exotics cats have a fantastic personality; they’re smart, loyal, calm, and super clever with their feet (they communicate with their feet!). Exotic Cats are also known for being gentle and loving.
5. Birman Cats
Birman Cats are the cutest! They’re complete couch potatoes, love cuddling, they’re warm, simple to co-exist with, and get upset if you don’t spend enough time with them. They’re ideal if you have kids since you’d need a pet that will care for them and not harm them.
Cats With Short Furs
6. British Shorthair Cats
As the name suggests, they have short furs! They have their own minds and unique personalities and are very laid-back, sometimes lazy, loyal, and companionable. They don’t like carried but like spending time with their owners.
7. American Shorthair Cats
They’re similar to British Shorthair Cats; they also like affection, attention, and companionship but often despise being picked up. They are very vocal; they don’t scratch or bite but clarify what they want and don’t enjoy. They are quite intelligent and love learning new tricks.
8. Burmese Cats
Burmese cats are intelligent, friendly, affectionate, and love some company and attention. They’re clingy and would rather be with you than anything else.
9. Havana Brown Cats
Havana Brown Cats are delightful, outgoing, attentive, affectionate, intelligent, and often mischievous. They do have an ultra-loud voice, though!
10. Oriental Shorthair Cats
Oriental Shorthair Cats are super intelligent and affectionate. They are also very social, entertaining, vocal, and dog-like in many ways since they love playing with their stuffed toys and cardboard boxes and keep their owner engaged.
Low Maintenance Cats
11. Maine Coon Cats
Maine Coon Cats, despite their fur, require minimal grooming and only need brushing weekly. They are not needy or clingy; they do like being around their owner, but it gives them the distance to do their own thing, so they prefer sitting beside you rather than on your lap. They are also smart, loyal, expressive, and responsive.
12. Russian Blue Cats
Russian Blue Cats are friendly, entertaining, energetic, and curious. They love playing and conversing with their owners, but they keep themselves engaged since they are curious. They also require minimum to no fur maintenance.
13. Sphynx Cats
Sphynx Cats are incredibly responsible and caring. They are devoted and love their owner’s affection; they wait for them to get home so that they can get attention. They are low maintenance because they are almost hairless, and their fur feels like peach fuzz, making them hypoallergenic. Just like Russian Blue Cats, they are energetic and also keep themselves engaged; just invest in a few toys that they’d like.
14. Scottish Fold Cats
Scottish Fold Cats are very easy to take care of and understand. Their fur is also easy to take care of since it requires brushing only once or twice a week. They are deemed low maintenance because of their adaptable and calm personality; they also quickly get along with people, making them the perfect companion.
15. Cornish Rex Cats
Cornish Rex Cats don’t require as much care as other cat breeds; remember to play with them since they’re affectionate and love their owners. They’re very curious and like following their owners. They make a great pet, especially when you have kids. Remember to get rid of the extra hair by wiping them with a soft damp fabric when they shed their coat, though.
Getting a cat is worth it – they’re clean, low-maintenance, quiet, and affectionate. Before picking a cat, please spend some time with them at the shelter and make sure they want to be with you. There are many breeds to pick from; if you’re looking for a cat with a calm demeanor, go for Persian, Ragdoll, Ragamuffin, or Birman Cat Breeds. And, if you’re looking for something low-maintenance, Cornish Rex, Scottish Fold, and Sphynx Cats are good options.