The domesticated cat of today has become the companion animal of choice for a great many people around the world. In the United States alone, more than 30 million domestic cats now outnumber the dog population by many millions, with the gap growing ever wider each day. For what reason has the household feline gained in popularity? What is it about this fascinating creature that so many of us find appealing?

Why Cats Make The Best Pets
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One possible reason definitely has to be the enigmatic nature of the cat. Extremely intelligent, it possess a remarkable combination of personality traits not found in other domestic pets. Beguiling and quiet, self-sufficient and poised, fastidious and athletic, the domestic cat is rarely needy. It loves company but is also content to pass the time alone for hours on end, making it an ideal pet for single people especially, let alone a family.

This autonomous streak, a result of cats in the wild living alone by themselves, gives the domestic feline a slightly haughty attitude to life; for them, the sun does not rise and set with humans, although they appreciate what we have to offer, thank you very much.

The ability with which cats survive, with or without humans may just be one of the top reasons why we like them so much. Emotionally needy pets (or people) tend to become increasingly irritating after some time; cats are charming egocentric creatures. This, combined with their dignity, grace, beauty, and ease of care, always makes them desirable.

We also like cats for their ability to say, "we are your roommate, not your servant," and for their ability to recognize the value of a good nap. And who can fail to appreciate the cat's clean, fastidious nature and built-in toilet training? The best of luck to you in getting a Schnauzer puppy to use a litter box!

There's no doubt that cats enjoy all the consideration we humans give to them, though they will, given the chance, deny it. They are content to remain with us because we love them and provide for them, but if we disappeared from the Earth tomorrow, chances are the cat would mourn somewhat, meow some, and then get on with the business of finding a furry morsel to eat - all the while mocking the millions of aimless, heartbroken dogs aimlessly wandering about, trying to figure out what to do next.

In my experience, closer bonds have been developed with a cat when an owner enables the cat to decide for itself when and where it wants affection from its owner. As my grandmother used to say: "You'll never own a cat but one may choose to live with you".

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