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My family and I just adopted our second bonded pair of cats, Eclair and Baklava. It has been twelve years since we adopted our first set of new cats, a bonded pair named Nemo and Bear. Bringing home the new kitties has reminded us of all the amazing reasons we have chosen to adopt cats into our home. Here are our family’s reasons to adopt a cat.
Reason #1: Personality
Ok, maybe yours will not be an asshole but cats tend to have a little bit of an attitude. I love it! Who wants an animal without some personality? If I’m gone too long my 15 year old will jump on the counter and bat down some mail just to make sure I know I know she is unhappy. If my kittens are in my lap and I go to get up I get some serious side-eye. Cats have incredibly unique personalities. Just like people some are skittish, some like to play, some have been hyper at 2am for the last 15 years! When you adopt a cat you will love getting to know their fun traits and interesting quirks.
Reason #2: Low Maintenance
Compared to a lot of other common pets they cats are pretty low maintenance. You do not have to walk them. I’m from Chicagoland so not having to walk around in the middle of winter is a huge plus. How long you can leave a cat depends a lot on their personality and if they have any other companions but generally you can go to work and run some errands without having to run home.
You can also go on vacation without a huge hassle. A neighbor or a cat sitter will need to come in to scoop, feed and play a bit but I am fairly convinced we have gone away for the weekend and my cats have not noticed.
Reason #3: Loyal
For twelve years if my husband and I sat down to watch TV our cat Nemo would sit on him and Bear would sit on me. They had their people. Today, one of our kittens, Eclair, will drop everything to set on our oldest son’s lap if he sits down. While cat’s do not traditionally receive the “man’s best friend” even a non-lap cat will make sure you know that you are “his person”.
Reason #4: Adaptable
Cats can live in a variety of housing. When we first got our bonded pair Nemo and Bear we lived in a 1200 square foot apartment. They loved the loft ceilings and used to vault across the kitchen from the top of the fridge to the top of the cabinets (it was terrifying). When we moved to a townhome and had more space the were just as happy to watch cars and people from the second floor as they had been looking out an 18th floor window.
Our next move brought bunnies, chipmunks and squirrels out the window which was probably a plus but I am not sure they really liked it anymore than their cozy spot in our closet of the first place. In a nut shell your cat will find a happy place no matter the size or location of your home.
Cats can also be fairly adaptable to new people. We adopted Bear and Nemo when they were three years old and they were quick to find a lap. They took a little longer to get used to our oldest son but were soon watching him through the crib bars and later letting him pet the cat. The twins were a little more of an adjustment because there were two but Bear and Nemo did not mind too much.
The same is true with cat sitters. All our cats have been totally fine with a random cat sitter popping in to feed and scoop. While we do not like to make a habit of having random people in our house it is nice to be able to
Reason #5: Loving
Cats are incredibly loving animals. My mom definitely does not have a lap cat but every morning her cat crawls into bed and hold her on the head. They then go have breakfast and play for a bit. Every cat has their own way of showing their love.