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Pet Cat: Pros and Cons

The following table will show you the pros and cons of getting a pet cat. Don’t forget that each animal has its own personality, so these points won’t match every animal 100 %.

Dogs have masters, cats have staff. It sounds like a joke, but this sentence really does ring true. While dogs will loyally follow their masters anywhere, cats have their own minds and see their humans as equals. Dogs are very patient but cats generally expect their needs (especially food) to be met very quickly.

ProsCons
A loyal friend Time for playing, training, keeping them occupied
Enjoy being petted Cleaning the litter box
Don’t need walking Costs for food, toys etc.
Fine left home alone Cat hair in your home
Love playing Getting used to dead “presents” (outdoor cats)
Comfort you if you’re worried or feel alone Scratched furniture
Cat Tricks

Even if cats can’t be trained as much as dogs, you can still teach them a few things. Cats are often happy to have a task other than playing and dozing on the windowsill. They can learn “sit”, “paw”, “beg”, “fetch” and “turn around”.

But you need to be a lot more patient to wait for the cat to pick up the trick. Treats help a lot, of course. It’s important not to punish or overwhelm a cat during training. Of course, some cats just don’t want to learn tricks. And this should be respected.

Maine Coon Maine Coon - Photo: Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Things That Will Win Your Parents Over!

1. A pet cat would help you forget the stress and worries of everyday life
2. Children learn about responsibility
3. Cats don’t need walking

Checklist: This Is Important!

Your whole family must agree with the decision.
A cat needs attention and time.
And the litter box has to be cleaned regularly.
A cat has to be fed 2 - 3 times a day.
No cat hair allergy

More information:
Cat Breeds
Monthly Costs for a Cat
Cat Facts