November 29, 2012
The Cat, A Pet Misunderstood
With the risk of having to turn in my man card with this next sentence, cats make great companions and arguably, their love for us is greater than that of a dog. Often people say they love dogs more than cats because their dog loves them more than a cat could, this is false. A cat’s brain is more like ours than that of dogs. The areas of the brain used for emotion in cats and humans are identical. Cats can be just as loyal as dogs, they just show affection differently and they can’t be bullied into loyalty to you; it must be earned. So winning over a cat’s affection is actually a love that is earned, perhaps making this connection stronger than that of a dog.
Now of course you will have those moments where you say something cute to a cat in a “baby” voice and they will just stare at you like you’re stupid. That’s another reason I love them so much. They don’t need to fawn at our every notion or gesture. They are independent, but they are loving and loyal still.
Cats live longer than dogs. An indoor cat can easily live 16 plus years. Now if you view this as a disadvantage then by all means let your cat play outside. Outdoor cats have a life expectancy of 5-7 years.
Cats also tend to view us as an equal rather than some grand leader. Now if you have a superiority complex this could bother you, but this also explains why cats are more independent and less needy on a constant basis. You could compare it to the dating world, do you want the clingy partner who has to remind you that they love you every ten seconds, or do want the partner that is more independent? This is a preference to what your type is; I like to beloved, but not every second of the day.
Cats are very sensitive to emotion and can feel your mood, so if you have a bond with a cat they actually care and will try to make you feel better. In fact the purring of a cat has a relaxing affect on our body and tends to calm our heart rate. Studies have shown that owning a cat can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 40 percent, and lowers the risk of stroke and other heart diseases by 30 percent. This is a reason why so many hospitals and facilities use cats to comfort the terminally ill or elderly; cats actually care and can make them feel better.
For the record, I love dogs, but when you own a dog it’s a huge commitment of time. This is why more intelligent people, scientifically speaking, have cats as pets rather than dogs. You can leave the cat for the weekend, or have a late night at the office, and the world doesn’t fall apart; they will not eat themselves to death, and they won’t destroy all your belongings.
The cat could very well be man’s best friend but would never stoop to admitting it.
– Doug Larson
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