6 Reasons Why Cats Make Great Pets

Looking for a pet that’s not too high maintenance yet loves to play and is gentle around others? Consider adopting a cat.

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Don’t Believe Everything Your Hear

cat playing with a ball of red string

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Photo by Adrian Burke / Getty Images

The rumors that cats are anti-social are not true. According to Mikel Delgado, rover.com cat expert and cat behavior consultant, cats can be excellent pets because they are typically loving, playful and clean. “Since cats hunt alone, they are mistakenly described as universally solitary, but many cats do enjoy the company of humans,” Delgado says. Not only do they love to play with toys (just get a string for them and watch them go crazy!), they are also easier than dogs when it comes to daily care. Although some cats are shy, just remember that they are considered predators so it’s important for them to be cautious.

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They Love to Play

cat playing with red dot from laser

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Photo by Chris Winsor / Getty Images

Cats don’t need a ton of bells and whistles to be entertained. Apart from string toys (they bring out the preying personality in them), cats gravitate towards laser pointers. You’ll be surprised how following a red dot on the floor and walls around your home can keep them running around. Catnip is also great for cats and considerably enjoyable. “It’s no secret that most cats—about 60%, carry the ‘catnip gene’—so purchasing a toy that has catnip inside will keep them playing and rolling around,” Delgado says.  

Related: Best Dogs for Kids

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Their Purrs Will Make You Happy

cat rubs against person’s leg

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Photo courtesy of Rover

There’s just something about a purr from a cat that makes others feel warm and fuzzy. If your kitty rubs up against you and purrs while you pet him or makes biscuits (a.k.a. kneads) it means he feels a deep attachment and comfort towards you. Some like to think their purrs mean ‘I love you’, and who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Also see: Decoding Your Cat's Behavior

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No Litter-Box Training Required

cat in kitty litter container

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Photo by Getty Images

Because of their instinctive behavior, Delgado says it is relatively easy for cats to be trained to use a litter-box. Unlike having to take a dog outside for daily bathroom breaks, a litter-box is all you need to get your cat to release himself. You do have to make sure the litter-box is kept clean and it is set up properly so your cat can get in out of it without any problems.

RELATED: How to Choose the Right Cat Litter and Litter Box

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Grooming Is Up to Them (For the Most Part)

gray cat grooming its paw

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Photo by Getty Images

It’s safe to say that cats care deeply about their personal hygiene. Just like hunting for prey, Delgado says that grooming themselves is also an instinctive behavior. Their tongues have small barbs that help remove dirt and debris from their fur and it helps distribute their skin’s naturals oils. However, if you opt for a long-haired kitty, they may require additional grooming at home with a brush. As for baths, unless they get really dirty, they aren’t necessarily required.

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They Can Be Trained!

cats waiting for a treat during training

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Photo courtesy of Rover

Don’t leave all of the tricks to man’s best friend. Contrary to popular belief, with some dedication and patience, cats can learn easy tricks. It’s all about positive reinforcement! You can train kittens to sit, come to you when they are called, and even how to high-five (here’s a quick lesson). Treats are a good incentive so you can reward them as you teach them.

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They’re Okay Being Alone Sometimes

cat sitting solo on window sill

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Photo by Getty Images

Back to that anti-social myth: Delgado reassures us that many cats do enjoy the company of other humans and other pets, even though they may at times want their alone time, meaning they won’t require your attention at every minute of every day. When they do want time for themselves, it’s a good idea to have a spot in your home where they can retreat to.