Cats are adorable creatures. We love to watch videos of cute cats, we fawn over the innocence of kittens, and there is nothing better than cuddling up to a house cat when we’ve had a bad day. But did you know that there are functional reasons to own a cat aside from their lovable nature? I will give you a few facts which show why every nature lover and prepper needs to own a cat.
1. Super Hearing – Cats have the ability to hear high frequencies which humans cannot. They have better hearing than dogs. While cats may lack the protective instincts of a dog, cats have the ability to detect electronic bugs used for spying which were used in Russia. There are reported cases of cats finding spy equipment in unsuspecting homes.
2. The Living Compass – If you’ve ever been lost you know what a terrifying feeling that can be. You might have had better luck if you would have brought your cat. Cats have an ability known as “Psi-travelling”. Does it sound like a badly made term from a Sci-Fi movie? Yes, but that does not negate the fact that cats have a global positioning system in their heads which allows them to find their way back home.
3. Home protection – A cat will not alert you when a criminal is about to enter your house but they will stop rats from eating up your food storage. Cats were commonly worshiped in Egypt as protectors of home due to their ability to keep rats from the house, who often brought diseases. In the Middle Ages many cats were burned due to the belief that they brought pestilence, ironically (not really) when the cats were killed, mice infiltrated the homes which helped spread the black plague. That my friend is what we call “karma”.
4. Earthquake Detectors – Since cats have the ability to feel vibrations they can detect an earthquake ten to fifteen minutes before it actually hits.
5. Emotional Compatibility – The brain of a cat (emotion wise) is remarkably similar to a human in terms of emotional development. Cats will often have a greater insight into how their owner is feeling. Their emotions are much more “human” in temperament.
6. Evil Spirit Remover – This is more for the superstitious minded but it is believed that cats have the ability to scare away evil spirits with a glance and that they are great detectors of spirits since it is believed they can see auras.
7. Emotion Stabilizers – Cats (and other pets) have the ability to prevent loneliness in people lacking a strong sense of community or friendships. Pets in general have been found to increase the self-esteem of the owner and prevent depression.
8. Cute and Cuddly – Ok, maybe this didn’t need to be on the list but I couldn’t help myself. Cats are freaking adorable. They have an average life span of fifteen years (with indoor cats living as long as twenty years) and they spend most of that time sleeping, which means you will have a friend who will be with you for a while.
It should go without saying that many people love cats but you should not have one if you are allergic to them. You will want to neuter your cat unless you want kittens. Most Mother cats seem to mellow out after their first litter. Male cats who are neutered do not do as well as their female counterparts. The males often become large and lazy after going through the operation. Young cats can be trained easier than old cats and can be quicker to bond with their owner. This is not to say that old cats are unable to bond because many cats regardless of age have the ability to become wonderful pets.
Cats need to be trained differently than dogs due to their temperaments. They also have different bathroom habits which need to be addressed. As with any pet, you should not own a cat if you do not have the time needed to devote to an animal. Most indoor cats do best with a playmate, especially if the owner has to work most of the day. Indoor cats can get depressed if they are constantly left alone (hence why it is good to have a playmate).
Cats are curious! If you cannot handle a cat trying to sneak into your closet on a daily basis you probably shouldn’t own one. This is equally true for their playful tendencies which compel the cat to play with anything in its reach.
These are simply a few reasons why people living an organic lifestyle should consider owning a cat. Cats have their own individual personalities. It is true that they are not as “protective” as dogs but cats protect in a different way. They are wonderful friends!