and why my cats are proving them wrong!
Today, a lady at work was explaining to me that she was thinking about adopting a cat. Of course, I got very excited and was already hoping she would bring the cat in so I could meet him or her.
But she then said that she was worried about getting a cat because of the things she has heard about them!
Which got me thinking, there are a lot of stereotypes surrounding cats that are largely negative, yet I’ve never experienced them with my two. So I’ve decided to put together a little list to hopefully dispel any fears people have about welcoming a cat in to their lives.
1) Cats are fussy eaters!
I hear this one a lot, especially at work, and while I do always help the customer who is asking, I’ve never experienced this! My cats will eat anything and everything (although they did turn their noses up at a piece of dropped banana!)
The only time they tried to be fussy was when their diet gradually changed from a dry to wet and then back again. Once they had tried the wet, they didn’t want to go back. But with some tough love and persistence, they now happily eat their dry food.
Cats are very clever. They know that if they turn their nose up at something, their owner will offer them something different – maybe even better!
2) They are very independent
Cats are always sold as the pet you should have if you don’t have the time for a dog. They’re the sort of pet that can look after itself and won’t be in your face all day every day.
Now I can’t speak for everybody, but my cats never leave me alone! Even as I’m writing this, Molly is curled up beside me.
Despite popular opinion, a lot of cats do like to be around people, and they will follow you around the house unless they’re busy napping.
3) They’re not very affectionate
People who have never owned cats seem to have this image of sharp claws and arms covered in scratches. I’ve heard many people say you can stroke a cat for so long but eventually it will claw you.
Scratches do happen, but hardly ever out of aggression. It’s usually if you accidentally get caught between a cat and it’s toy mouse!
Both of my cats are extremely affectionate. They will sit on my lap, be cuddled, picked up, rocked like a baby, and they even put up with me talking to them like children!
4) You can’t train a cat
This one isn’t very common, but I hear it a lot when people are debating whether to get a cat or a dog.
You probably won’t get a cat to fetch the post for you, and I can’t see a cat being much good leading the blind, but you can teach them certain tricks.
We taught our cats to sit for treats. It was a bit shaky at first but now they’ve really grasped it. In fact, if one sits down and the other one doesn’t, she will get up and nudge the other to try and get her to sit too!
It isn’t mind-blowing stuff but it is very cute.
That’s about it for the blog post, I hope you liked it! If you’re still not sold on how awesome cats are, here are some pictures of little cat paws, guaranteed to melt your heart!