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10 reasons cats make great pets

Cats don’t always get the credit they deserve for their potential to be gentle and playful.
Cats don’t always get the credit they deserve for their potential to be gentle and playful.

 

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They Come Litter Box Trained

Cats aren’t high maintenance—and most cats are litter box trained. You won’t have to walk them on cold rainy days. They do prefer doing their business in a clean box, so keeping the box tidy is a must.

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All They Need Is Love

While cats are not high maintenance pets, they do require attention and care. You can leave a cat home alone for a few hours, since they don’t need to be walked. (Of course, if you're going away for the weekend or longer, it’s important to hire a pet sitter.)

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No Washing Required

Cats are meticulous about grooming themselves. (Still, if you have a long-haired cat, daily brushing is essential, and even short-haired cats should be brushed on a daily basis. It’s another good time to bond with your cat.)

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Contentment

Cats don’t require constant attention. They are happy just being near you. They love to be pet, brushed, and need to be fed. Yet, you won’t have to dote on them 24/7. If you want to learn how to speak cat, click here.

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You CAN Teach a Cat New Tricks

Contrary to belief, cats are trainable. You can teach them to come when called, not to scratch the furniture, and to retrieve a toy. Just like clicker training with dogs, you can teach cats with a clicker. It's a good idea to purchase a cat training video or book before you get your cat.

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Two Cats are Better Than One

Have an active lifestyle? Work long hours? Consider adopting two cats instead of one. They easily entertain each other when you are not around. (Just remember, you will still have to devote time to caring, playing, feeding, and brushing them.)

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Cats don’t always get the credit they deserve. Ask any cat parent, and she will tell you cats are loving, playful, and just plain fun to be around. If you are looking to add a new pet to your household, consider adopting a cat. And if you need more convincing, click the gallery to see 10 reasons cats make great pets.

Michele C. Hollow writes about pets and wildlife for parade and other publications. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Working with Animals, and she write the animal advocacy blog Pet News and Views. You can connect with her on Twitter.

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