Not only has the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies proclaimed 2011 as the Year of the Cat but the American Humane Association has also declared June national Adopt a Cat Month. In order to spread the word about the dizzying amount of fuzzy cats in need of homes, AfFURmation is hosting a blog hop. Why not join in?
While I choose to write primarily about my dog, our cat is an equally important part of our household. In fact, I don’t think it would run very well without him. Honestly, I am not sure one can even call a house a home unless a cat is taking up permanent residence inside. Skeptical? Allow me to elabortate. Here are my reasons I don’t think anyone should be without a feline:
Cats make sure you never get too much sleep. My cat is so good at waking me up on time I actually got rid of my alarm clock several years ago. Just this morning he was able to find the perfect piece of tinfoil to toss around the bedroom. Without him to keep me in check, I may have gotten more than four hours of sleep!
You can leave cats alone for hours without feeling guilty. Unlike Shiva, my cat doesn’t care what I do with my day. As long as his food bowl is full, his litter box is clean, and the toilet seat is up, he doesn’t care if I ever come back. Sometimes I suspect he prefers it when we leave.
Cats detest bad weather as much as you do. A cat will never ask you to take him outside in a blizzard. They understand the meaning of a snow day and appreciate the fine art of laziness.
Cats are excellent hunters. And even when they aren’t, mice tend to keep their distance when there is a cat around. When we first moved to this house, our yard and basement was over-run with frogs. I wish I was joking. After that first summer, our cat made sure those nasty amphibians never bothered us again. Cats are far cheaper than a human exterminator. They will often work for snuggles. I am not so sure I’d want to pay the Orkin man the same currency.
Cats are un-materialistic. They are also very good at showing humans how to downsize. All those knick-knacks you’ve been collecting on the mantel? A cat will show you how unimportant they are with a sweep of her tail. A cat will also help you get rid of that hideous vase your aunt gave you last Christmas.
Cats are excellent listeners. There is nothing like a kitty on your lap after a bad day. Cats are content to pur away while you bare your soul to them. No matter what you say, they will never judge. Or at least, if they are judging they will keep their thoughts to themselves. They don’t speak English after all.
Cats are honest. You always know where you stand with a cat. If they are mad at you, they will never leave a passive-aggressive note on the refrigerator. Cats don’t believe in subtely and they never hold a grudge.
Cats are smart. Contrary to popular opinion, cats can perform just as many tricks as dogs. They often just choose not to. This shows a much higher level of intelligence. When a cat is willing to perform, you are witnessing something very special. Cats are even great at running agility courses. This video makes me wonder if I chose the wrong animal to train with:
A cat will keep your dog in line. Without my cat around to maintain order, my dog would probably have the run of the house. He makes sure she stays out of the bedroom while we’re sleeping. It’s his job to wake us up, after all.
And the last, and most important reason, to adopt a cat is…
Cats are just so cute! Who can resist those whiskers and those soft little paws? I can’t imagine life without this level of adorableness every single day.
If it’s just not possible to add a cat to your home right now, my deepest sympathies. But there are still things you can do to help cats in your community. Petfinder has a great list of ideas. Cat overpopulation is a problem that affects everyone. Therefore, it will require a solution that involves us all.
Make sure to check out the other blogs participating in today’s hop.