5 Pawstive Reasons Why Cats Steal Our Hearts

Lisa Selvaggio
by Lisa Selvaggio
One minute he’s aloof, the next, he’s curled up purring on your lap. Any cat person will talk your ear off about how a cat can steal your heart.

Cat owners already have plenty of reasons to love their feline companions, and they may even find it hard to believe that there are people out there who aren’t particularly fond of kitties. But how do cats manage to steal our hearts so easily?

Cats Really Do Love Their Owners

A lot of people mistakenly think that cats don’t really care about them, but research has shown that many kitties will choose human companionship over other pleasures, like their favorite foods and toys. And if you own a cat, you already know that they can show just as much affection as any other pet, including dogs. For example, you may know a kitty who follows you around the house, or at least makes it a point to spend time in the same room that you’re in. And after returning from a trip, your cat might even make it known that she is thrilled to see you because she missed you that much.

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They’re Adorable When They Play

Watching a kitty play is sure to bring a smile to your face. Regardless of what toys your cat prefers, she is sure to delight and amaze as she gets adorably wide-eyed before she pounces, or as she jumps acrobatically into the air to grab her “prey” with expert precision. Some kitties will even play fetch and gladly perform tricks. So if you’re feeling down or you need to get your mind off things, spending a few minutes interacting with your playful pet could be just what you need.

They Have That Relaxing Purr

One of the perks that come with having a cat as part of your family is the ability to listen to her purr when she’s happy and when she is taking it easy, resting in your lap or lying next to you. Felines are creatures who enjoy comforting things, just like humans do, so snuggling up in a blanket and purring away is their idea of a good time. Plus, a kitty’s purr could be surprisingly healing, on top of being really relaxing.

Related: Could Your Cat’s Purring Have Healing Effects on You?

You Can Go on Adventures Together

Even though kitties are typically creatures of habit who prefer the safe and quiet space of their peaceful abode, there are cats out there who are proving to the world that adventure is what thrills them. While experts advocate keeping your kitty indoors, you can certainly train a cat to safely walk on a leash, go on road trips with you, and spend time in your enclosed backyard garden when you want to get some fresh air and sunshine together.

They’re Low Maintenance

Yet another reason to love cats is the fact that they can be pretty low maintenance animals. Many do not require a bath, as they will take care of grooming themselves, and they are fine spending some time alone.

You don’t have to worry about taking your cat for a walk or taking her outside to go to the bathroom, and many cats even derive pleasure from the simple things in life, like a ball of paper or a cardboard box, so you don’t need to spend a lot of money on toys. And you might even be able to train your cat to use—and flush—the toilet instead of the litter box, making your life that much easier!

So Many Reasons to Let a Cat into Your Home and Heart

There’s no denying that cats are unique, loveable, and loving animals. If you are searching for a furry companion who will show you unconditional affection and give you loads of attention, consider adopting a kitten or cat from your local shelter. Your pet will be grateful that you gave her a forever home, and you’ll be glad that you made the decision to share your home with a fabulous feline.

Lisa Selvaggio
Lisa Selvaggio

Lisa Selvaggio is a freelance writer and editor, and our resident cats-pert, with certifications in pet nutrition and pet first aid. She enjoys producing content that helps people understand animals better so they can give their pets a safe and happy home.

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