14 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Cat Rather Than a Dog

14 Reasons Why You Should Adopt a Cat Rather Than a Dog

Looking for a new housemate? Cats are the one for you.

Do you enjoy small animals that don't need your attention 24/7? Cats are the ones for you!

1.) They don't smell

Cats are one of the cleanest creatures in the world. When I pet a dog, my hand smells after. Unless you enjoy the smell of saliva, wet fur, and corn chips all over your household then a cat is for you!

2.) They aren't up your ass for attention every day.

No one wants to relive their past relationships. Karen is out of your life - don't let the clingy back in. Cats want you when they want you.

Look at those independent kitties!

3.) You can actually go on vacation and they can handle themselves!

Cats only need a bunch of food, a clean cat box, water, and someone to check on them every two days. This means fewer fees for kenneling, less stress, and you can actually leave your house for more than four hours! Now take your wife on that vacation you've always wanted without being tied down to an outdoor poop machine.

*There are also self-cleaning cat boxes so all someone has to do is check on their food and water (which there are also dispensers for).

4.) Less maintenance

Isn't it really enjoyable waking up at 3 a.m so your cat can go outside? Oh wait, that isn't a problem!

5.) Wanna stay in your house? Do it. They don't need exercise outdoors.

That's right! When it's winter you can stay in your heated house all day or if it's summer bask in your A/C. Don't wanna go on a walk? You don't have to! Just grab a laser pointer and start moving your wrist.

6.) Inexpensive

Cat food is less expensive as well as their toys and litter. Save money on all of those vet visits you never have to go to frequently!

7.) They can live in any condition.

Just about every apartment accepts cats. No pet deposit! You don't have to live somewhere based on yard space or if they accept certain dogs (no "dangerous cat" list).

8.) Quiet when company is around

Tired of walking into houses where you're greeted by barking, fumbling, and "I promise they don't bite"'s? Avoid being THAT person easily by owning a cat. They may rub against a leg, hide, or lay on your guest's lap but at least they aren't jumping, licking faces, or making it a HUGE deal because they heard a knock on the door!

9.) Take up less space when sleeping.

I own a full-size bed for a reason. It's all for me.

10.) You don't spend the first year of their life training them

I mean, other than showing them a cat box do you really need to train them to do anything else?

11.) Cats are more loyal than not only these hoes, but your mutt.

Know how I know this? Science.

12.) Less stress when you're hanging out

Cats are chill. The only time you're concerned around them is if they're clawing something or look like they're going to pee. With dogs, it's "don't eat this! Don't bite that! GET OUT OF THERE!" when they're not sleeping.

*If either of those cases are happening, take them to the vet because those could show signs of sickness or behavioral issues. Cats do not like peeing outside of their designated area.

13.) Less commitment

Fear of commitment like your ex-boyfriend Jeremy? Cats are perfect! You can leave for some time, clean their box every other day, and make sure they have food and clean water! This makes staying out longer than four hours, don't have to worry about meal times, or walking schedules easier. With the little attention cats need, you aren't tied down to your house! Want a dog? Have a baby instead!

14.) They can groom themselves

Cats can trim their own nails (most of the time), clean their fur as well as every other area. Dogs are constantly shedding, bringing things from the outdoors in, and in need of a bath. Dog shampoo can be THIRTY DOLLARS! Save the cash, adopt a cat.

With all of these reasons in mind, would you rather own a different species that lives as an infant for years or a grown ass adult?

*All gifs and pictures are credited by giphy.com they are not my own content

Every Black Friday the Best Friends Adoption organization partners with Zappos and black cats have no adoption fee.

Cover Image Credit: Cameron Breakfield

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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The Reality Of Cat Shows

Go in with an open mind, because cat shows may seem totally bizarre, but are incredibly fun and special.


As a self-declared cat lady, when I decided to attend my first cat show I was hyped to pet all the kitties, and watch them do tricks, or show off their beauty. After attending a few, I know they're totally unique and amazing events that everyone should be attending.

Upon arriving, you will probably need to pay an entry fee, and maybe there's an area for donations for local animal shelters (yes, animal breeders support animal shelters!). You might be overwhelmed with the sheer amount of cats, as far as the eye can see. Having a game plan of cats to visit might seem fun, but just roaming and visiting is a lot more fulfilling, and you may discover breeds of cats you never knew you would love. Usually, cat shows will feature visiting areas for guests attending the show to view, and sometimes pet, the cats. As well as areas where cats are judged and given awards, sort of like miniature stages.

Visitor areas are pretty self-explanatory as you can roam around and look at the dozens of different breeds, of kittens and cats alike. The diversity will amaze you and the cats are all special and loved by their owner. Because cats can catch sicknesses while surrounded by so many other cats, it's important to sanitize your hands before petting, as well as asking the owner if you can pet their cat or kitten. Some may even let you hold their cat, but this would be rare and you shouldn't get your hopes up! While viewing cats, you may find some that are up for adoption and could find a new family member. Some cats are actually people's household pets, and are scored differently from a cat who was bred for its looks!

The competition side is where the cat shows get interesting. You can view any and all competitions, although there will be many occurring at a time. That's because cats will initially be ranked against the cats of the same breed as them, and within those breeds, by gender and color style. Winning best in the breed is the first step to becoming the champion of a cat show. Watch as owners get nervous and excited as the tiny plastic awards go up, showing which cat was victorious. Although all judges can be different, it's fun to see beautiful and friendly cats win awards and look pleased with themselves as their owner smiles with pride.

Later in the day or weekend, one cat will be chosen as the grand champion out of the best in breeds. Usually, fans can vote on their favorite as well, and award a special cat a top prize, although unofficial, for its cuteness and spirit. A hairless cat has won fan favorite at every show I attended!

Go in with an open mind, because cat shows may seem totally bizarre, but are incredibly fun and special. The group of people who participate will love to tell you about their amazing cat and let you in on cat show secrets. A place where cat lovers unite, what could be better?

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