The Perks of Living with a Cat

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Non-cat lovers will probably find it curious how cats’ relationships with their humans work. Notorious for being aloof and independent, cats are quite unlike most affectionate, outgoing, and playful dogs. But common perception aside, living with a feline companion has a lot of perks. And here are just some of them.

Requires less attention

Like any pets, cats need care and attention. But they require fairly less of the latter for most of the time. You do not have to take them out for walks and they can pretty much take care of amusing themselves if they want to. This often leaves cat owners with time to focus on other pursuits like reading or learning new things.

Reduces stress

Pets in general help in reducing stress. And cats are no exception. Studies show that a cat’s purr can lower stress level and aids healing of muscles after an injury. Living with cat can also be good in reducing anxiety and keeping you calm.

Provides companionship

Cats may be independent, but it does not mean that they are not good at providing companionship. They may not appear hyperactive like some dog breeds that can shower you with love. However, cats have their own ways of showing their affection. They can be sweet when they start seeking attention and contact. They also know how to play. You just have to take notice of the telltale signs of what they want when they start making contact with you.

Teaches life lessons

Live with cats long enough and you will learn a thing or two from them. A cat lounging with seemingly no care in the world can teach you about the art of relaxation. Their constant napping and resting may appear like laziness. But that may not be the case every time you see them lying around doing nothing. Their stillness is just the flipside of their brand of playfulness. And indulging in both is something that humans can learn from them.

6 Travel Destinations for a Cat Lover’s Bucket List

Travel provides plenty of opportunities for cat lovers to indulge in their passion, which is pretty much anything related to cats. While seeing a cat may already make any feline fanatic happy, there is nothing quite like the experience of visiting a place where cats take center stage. Here are some of the places that call out to every cat lover out there.

Tokyo, Japan

Cat Cafe

Japan is a cat lovers’ haven in many ways. It is home to Hello Kitty, the robot cat Doraemon, and YouTube Scottish fold celebrity Maru. The love for cats is also palpable online where several cats have huge social media following. In Tokyo, locals and tourists can indulge in their daily fix of cat antics and cuteness at the city’s many cat cafes. Cat enthusiasts would also love visiting the Sanrio Puroland, also known as the Hello Kitty Theme Park, and see the wide array of Hello Kitty themed attractions and activities.

Tashirojima Island, Japan

Tashirojima Island

Tashirojima Island has more cats than humans living on it. Stray cats used to help in keeping mice away from the silkworms that the island residents used to make silk. The island’s fisher folks and other residents take good care of the cats. Many believe that mistreating them will bring bad luck. Over time, the cat population increased and now outnumbers their human friends.

Ypres, Belgium

Kattenstoet

Ypres is a Belgian town that celebrates the Kattenstoet which is also known as the Festival of the Cats. The festival is held on the second Sunday of May and features a street parade. People dressed as cats or other costumes join the festive parade.

Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary

The Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in Rome is home to about 250 cats. Volunteers help in caring for the sanctuary’s cat residents. Visitors can spend time helping volunteers or simply watch the cats as they bask in the sunlight in the midst of ancient ruins. The Protestant Cemetery near the Pyramid of Cestius also serves as a cat refuge.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

poezenboot

The Poezenboot is a houseboat that serves as a cat sanctuary since 1966. The Cat Boat sits along the Herengracht canal. The famous shelter is drawing not only cat lovers but also locals and tourists who want to see the floating sanctuary’s residents. The Kattenkabinet is another Amsterdam attraction for cat lovers. The museum houses a wide array of cat-related artworks such as paintings, furniture, and more.

Paris, France

Le Cimetière des Animaux

The Le Cimetière des Animaux is touted to be the largest pet cemetery in the world. It may not be dedicated solely for cats, but it has several interesting things to see related to cats. The cemetery also has many fascinating tombstones for cats.