Cats make very good pets for both children and adults, and are a welcome addition to just about any family or home. They have been adored as pets for thousands of years by people all over the world, and of particular interest is in ancient Egypt – where they were almost worshipped and given elaborate funerals when they died.
Cats are relatively easy to maintain and they usually have a lifespan of ten years or more. As pets, cats are usually very loving, curious, extremely playful and acrobatic, and a lot of fun to watch. Cats also come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors for your choice.
A new kitten is one of the most playful and fun-loving animals there is. A kitten, once acclimated to a new home, will play for hours at a time. They can be very acrobatic and can jump higher than any gymnast. Some kittens can jump straight up four to five feet. Adult cats have been known to jump seven feet down to the floor and take off running. As you can imagine, cats and kittens are tremendously entertaining to watch and to play with.
In addition to being fun-loving, cats and kittens can be very affectionate friends. They will sit on your lap and beg to be petted. They will purr for as long as you will hold them. As cats get older, they may lose some of their playfulness, but they still remain very affectionate if not even more affectionate than before.
Something else that makes a cat an ideal pet is that you do not have to take it outside to go to the bathroom. Just put a litter box somewhere in your home, and a cat or kitten will usually start using it by instinct. This makes it easy for those of you that work all day. All you have to do is put some food and water out for your cat and make sure its litter box is not too dirty. Then your cat will be patiently waiting for you when you return, and you will not have to worry about it having made a mess anywhere else besides the litter box.
Being very active and acrobatic, cats and kittens enjoy a lot of different kinds of toys. And there are a lot of fun and interesting toys available at your local pet shop for cats. There are fuzzy toys, sound-making toys, moving toys and more to really make your cat go wild. Sometimes a curious cat will even play for a long time with an empty sack or a box.
Toys are an enjoyable and easy way for cats and kittens to vent their energy and get exercise. It is also a good idea to invest in a cat tree or some other type of cat furniture, for your cat to play on and scratch up.
Cats do have a history of being mysterious. For example, a lot of people associate the black cat with witchcraft, fear, bad luck and a lot of other such myths, especially around Halloween. Some people even think cats, especially the black ones, are related to demons! In reality, a cat or kitten is almost the perfect pet for just about anyone. They have been, and are, great pets for millions of people around the world, and it is very unlikely that they are related to demons.
It may be true that cats can look mysterious, untrustworthy or aloof at first, especially to strangers. But once you get to know a cat and it gets to know you, it is full of love, affection, and playfulness. As with most other pets, it is a good idea for you to spend a little time with your cat each day, to build that special bond with it. In general, cats are intelligent animals that really understand and appreciate the owner that shelters and feeds them.
So if you have never had a kitten or a cat, do not be afraid to get one. They can be one of the most playful, loving, and easy to care for pets that there is. And if you are willing to provide for a cat’s basic needs – a safe home, food and water, occasional grooming, and the necessary vet care when needed – you will be a great cat owner.