Cats were first domesticated close to 10,000 years ago—let that sink in for a moment. Yes, dogs have been domesticated for almost twice as long. But the relationship between cats and humans is ancient and has deepened as the millennia have come and gone. Cats evolved to tolerate and even like us, and there are a bunch of reasons why we can't seem to quit them either and why they have a devoted Team Cat fanbase.
Cat's won't have you stressing about poop scoops and pee puddles. A healthy cat knows how to take care of its business. When nature calls, it's straight to the litter box, and that's a lot simpler to manage than random biological waste. Dogs have to be let outside to go to the bathroom, but cats can even be potty-trained to use your loo. Having said that, there's still some debate about whether toilet training is a sound idea.
Cats are a mystery and a challenge, but a part of you likes the intrigue and guessing games. Your feline housemate lives on its own terms, which is pretty badass. It probably doesn't come when called and does whatever it wants whenever it wants to. You have to admire the audacity and authenticity of this life philosophy. When a cat remembers and returns its owner's act of kindness, it's that much sweeter.
Cats are unabashed carnivores. They love their meat, and they're natural-born killers with superior hunting skills to their canine counterparts. Cats are careful and give food a good sniff before chowing. They're not afraid to leg it if there's a threat in the vicinity, but they'll fight to their deaths rather than capitulate when backed into a corner.
Cat videos are an entire genre on YouTube. Their cute and humorous cat antics are fantastic mood boosters, and a 2015 study confirmed that cat videos leave viewers with positive emotions and more energy. Kittens are chaotic and destructive, but the mischief and mayhem are often highly entertaining. Older cats will try and get your attention in ways that can be amusing, too. And normal behaviors like trying to squeeze into a too-tight box or sitting in a taped square on the floor guarantee smiles.
Cats have claws that can scratch owners, and they have teeth that can bite, but, in general, they're safer options to have around young kids than dogs. Avoid kittens if you have an infant or toddler because both cat and human babies are unpredictable. If you have small children, try and adopt a cat without a nervous or shy disposition, as skittishness and fear usually make cats act out.
Sure, they make a racket when they're in heat, but most of the time, your cat will enter and exit rooms without you knowing. When you compare their meows with a dog's bark, it's a no-brainer why some apartment buildings allow indoor cats on the premises, but they don't allow dogs.
Provided they've never tasted the freedom of being outdoors; cats are happy to saunter around inside and chill. Cats and book lovers are a match made in heaven—you can curl up with a lengthy novel, and your cat will snuggle right up next to you on the couch or settle on your lap and stay put for ages. It's fabulously cozy in winter, although a fat cat can get heavy after a while. You've been warned.
Cats are independent and comparatively solitary. This trait is perfect for people who work long hours or need to spend a night out of town. On the other hand, dogs are clingy, dependent on their owners, and go stir-crazy. Cats like human company, but they don't need it like dogs do—all they really require in the short-term is food, water, and a window for sunbathing or spying on the neighborhood.
It's believed that cats evolved to show no emotions for survival—this doesn't mean they don't feel any. Contrary to what the masses think, cats form substantial social bonds with their owners. Your cat will share subtle looks with you and use its eyes to communicate trust. A 2017 study by Oregon State University found that cats enjoy being pet by and playing with their owners more than they relish interacting with food, so the idea that they're in it just for the effortless grub is false. Over time, a cat may even begin to mimic its owner's personality.
There are games like 'Mew and Me' that humans and cats can play together if the cat is so inclined. If your cat opts in, the two of you could be steering a spaceship like a couple of longtime gamer buddies. Young cats can develop and sustain interest in playing various video games where they get to smack at digital insects and stalk prey. The activity is more engaging than passively watching National Geographic with your fur baby.
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