In the recent statistics, cats outnumber dogs in terms of ownership in the United States. According to Statista, between 2017 and 2018, 95.6 million American households own cats, while 89.7 million households account for dog ownership in 2017. The data also revealed that 68 percent or six out of 10 homeowners are taking care of, at least, one pet.
Despite the fact that dogs are known to be man’s best friend, there are more cat owners than dog owners in the U.S. Based on the 2017-2018 survey by the American Pet Products Association, Inc., 31 percent of cats living among people were taken from animal shelters. Meanwhile, 27 percent of these domestic cats came from the streets. People saved and gave these cats a decent home to live.
Although a significant number of cats have become pets out of compassion, many cat owners know that saving these feline creatures and turning them into pets have their perks. Cats are more than just house animals; they tend to be advantageous for our homes and families.
One very good reason to have feline pets is that they are effective pest exterminators. They prey on rats and insects and have been doing such a thing for humans for more than 10,000 years. It’s a proof how trustworthy cats are when it comes to their natural and instinctive skills.
Cats are not only known as effective pest-killing machines, but they also teach us everyday values. For one, they help us become responsible pet owners by making sure they are well fed and remain healthy. And if you have toddlers, cats are good and safe choices for home companions since cats keep themselves clean most of the time.
Those are just a few benefits of bringing cats into our homes. To give you more reasons to have pet cats, either through adoption or purchase, here’s an infographic from Purring Pal to get you started.