Everyone should have a cat: they’re good for you and the environment

Okay, for those of you who are unaware, I am quite obsessed with cats. My own cat, now about 4 years old and named Mali (which means little bro in Sinhalese) is the creature I love most in this world. He’s actually sleeping next to me as I’m typing this:

This is my sweet cat named Mali. Isn’t he adorable? Don’t you want one, too? (Unnecessary photo credit: Amodhya Samarakoon)

Do I love my cat? Yes. Does he love me back? Probably not. Does he show me any affection? Kind of – he tries to. But, you see, that’s the beauty of it.

Dogs will go around loving anyone or anything – but you have to earn the love of your cat. And on those rare occasions when they do show you some love, you feel special and it’s worth all the hard work.

Not convinced? Well, let’s get down to the health & wellness of it then.

Cats are good for you and the world:

  • Cats are better for the environment than dogs.In a study conducted in 2009 by Robert and Brenda Vale (a couple of architects specialized in sustainable living) found that while having any sort of pet that isn’t small is pretty much horrible for nature, cats have a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Cats help people cope with just about everything. I mean, if you’re grieving, stressed, or dealing with something, having another nonjudgemental (and super adorable) being there with you can really help. And, the best thing is that since cats are kind of antisocial, don’t need to be walked, and usually don’t mind being alone; which means – there’s no need to interact with people when you have a cat! 

But, remember this: the cat is not your pet, you are the cat’s human.

  • Cats make you more attractive…? I’m just going to throw this one in here because why not: a poll conducted by the British found that 90% of women thought guys who owned cats were nicer and therefore more attractive. So there’s that if it applies to you.
  • Cats make you smarter! Okay well, this is more saying that people who own cats tend to be more intelligent (also from a survey by the British). So, basically, if you’re smart, you will go buy a cute kitten friend as soon as you read this.
  • Cats are actually super kind and compassionate (mine is just a weirdo). Mental Floss states that cats love may be hard to earn but if kindness is shown to them, they remember it. But, remember this: the cat is not your pet, you are the cat’s human.

My point is: you should get a cat. Not only will it save a cute kitten and give it a good home, but it will make you and your brain happier. Do it!

Cat shelters/organizations to look into:

Cause for Paws Inc.  

Minnesota Spay/Neuter Project.

Pet Project Rescue