If your nest is feeling empty, perhaps it's time to think about bringing in a pet. Should your preference or circumstances lean toward living with a cat rather than a dog, consider the pros and cons of cats:
Pros of Getting a Cat
Cats are affectionate. Contrary to reputation, domestic cats are people-oriented, which makes them good company. They won't necessarily come when called, but they will curl up and purr... on their own schedule.
Cats are clean. Unlike dogs, cats don't need to be bathed or groomed. Thanks to frequent tongue baths, they do it themselves.
Cats are independent. Even the most affectionate cats can be left alone overnight with sufficient food and water.
Cats are things of beauty. Elegant, graceful, and mysterious, cats are like living works of art, infinitely interesting to behold.
Cats are mousers. If the place where you live has mice, your cat will find them — and they won't live long.
Cats are portable. Although most of them don't like being inside a carrier, it's easier to transport a 15 pound cat than a 50 pound dog.
Cons of Getting a Cat
Kitty litter. Indoor cats are safe cats. But they're also cats who use a litter box, which you must change often or endure unpleasant smells.
Cats scratch. Even if you regularly trim your cat's claws, her animal instinct will motivate her to sharpen them on your furniture while she silently laughs at the scratching post you've installed. And if you pick her up the wrong way or something spooks her while in your arms, she could draw blood.
Hair balls. All that grooming your cat does has to go somewhere. Count on regularly finding an upchucked gift of undigested fur.
Male cats spray. Unneutered (and sometimes neutered) cats may mark their territory with a spray of urine. Having a male cat fixed before he starts this habit can help.
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