That common saying may contain some truths, but dogs are not the only animal friend whose companionship people enjoy. Cats are the choice pet for many people. Despite what dog lovers may believe, cats make excellent house pets. This is because they are good companions, they are civilized members of the household, and they are easy to care for.
First, many people enjoy the companionship of cats. Cats are affectionate, they like to snuggle, be petted, or scratched under the chin. Who can resist a purring cat?
Cats are also quite playful. They love to chase balls and feathers, or just about anything dangling from a string. They especially enjoy playing when their owners are participating in the game. Contrary to popular opinion, cats can be trained. Using rewards and punishment, just like with a dog, a cat can be trained to avoid unwanted behavior or preform tricks. Cats are smart and can adjust to a variety of situations.
In addition to being great companions, cats are civilized members of the household. Unlike dogs, cats do not bark or make other loud noises. Most cats do not even meow very often. They generally lead a quiet existence. Cats also don’t often have “accidents.” Mother cats train their kittens to use the litter box, and most cats will use it without fail from that time on. Even stray kittens usually understand the concept and will use the litter box when shown. Cats do have claws, and owners must make provisions for this. A tall scratching post in a favorite cat area of the house will often keep the cat content to leave the furniture alone. As a last resort, cats can be declawed.
Finally, one of the most attractive features of cats as house pets is their ease of care. Cats do not have to be walked. They get plenty of exercise in the house as they play, and they do their business in the litter box. Cleaning a litter box is a quick, painless procedure. Cats also take care of their own grooming. Bathing a cat is almost never necessary because under ordinary circumstances cats clean themselves. Cats are more particular about personal cleanliness than people are.
Furthermore, cats can be left home alone for a few hours without concern. Unlike some pets, most cats will not destroy the furnishing when left alone. They are content to go about their usual activities until their owner returns.
Essentially, cats are low maintenance, civilized companions. People who have small living quarters or less time for pet care will appreciate these characteristics of cats. However, many people who have plenty of space and time still opt to have a cat because the fun and affectionate nature of many cats. In many ways, cats are the ideal house pets to have.