Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Cat

I Am A Dog Person, But I Just Adopted A Cat

Both dogs and cats are animals just wanting to be loved.

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Let me just start by saying, I am more of a dog person than a cat person. My family has always owned dogs ever since I was born. In my opinion, they're Gods gift to us. I was always one of those people who never had an appreciation for cats until my family adopted two kittens a few years ago. It changed my whole perception, and I love them with all of my heart.

When my sophomore year came to a close, I decided I wanted to live alone. My two best friends, who were older than me, had done so and loved it. When I was signing for the apartment, I saw a questions asking me if I anticipated owning a pet. Immediately my mind raced, I WANT TO ADOPT A PET.

For the rest of the summer, I tried to convince my parents to let me get a cat. I begged and begged to the point where they would sometimes get angry at my persistence. I wanted to get a cat because they were so much easier to care for. A dog needs walks and much more attention, and I did not want to buy a dog and not give it the life it so rightfully deserved. By the end of the summer, my parents were still very much on the fence. However, when we arrived in Texas for move-in, I finally won them over.

About a week after living in my apartment, I decided to go to the animal shelter. I did not want to buy a cat that I did not feel a connection with. In other words, I did not want to force it and buy a cat just because I wanted a cat. The first animal shelter I went to was one that I frequently visited to play and pet the animals. It was a release for me and it always put a smile on my face; I knew it made the animals happy too. Sadly, I did not find my cat.

I decided to go home. Maybe today is not the day I am supposed to get a cat. Upon arriving at home, I started working on an essay. When that was done I thought, why don't I visit another shelter.

When I arrived at the next shelter, I was surprised by the enormous amount of cats they had. I went to a volunteer and described the type of cat I would love to adopt; I wanted a cat who was affectionate and sweet, preferably not a kitten. She escorted me to a room with three cats. She told me the calico named Sweet Pea fit my description perfectly.

Once I entered the room, Sweet Pea came up to me and rubbed against my legs; she was adorable but after a few seconds of rubbing against my legs she went back to her bed to resume her nap. All of a sudden, an orange tabby awoke from his slumber and ran right up to me. He immediately started nuzzling my legs and purring. I stayed in the room with him for another ten minutes to see if this was my cat. I knew he was one the one when he laid down on my legs. I didn't want to get up. I eventually stood up and went to talk to the volunteers. I decided to see a few more cats so I could make sure my connection with the orange tabby wasn't just a figment of my imagination. Turns out we were meant for one another.

I later found out my tabby was eight years old and had been given up in June. When I signed the adoption papers, all the volunteers thanked me for adopting an older cat. They said it rarely happened.

I have now had my cat, Sonny, for a little over a month, and he is the best cat I could have asked for. He follows me around everywhere and always needs to be near me. When I leave the room, he has to follow. I feel so blessed he is mine, and I am happy I was lucky enough to save him. For some reason, I just had a feeling he was the one, and I think he knew too.

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5 Cool Cat Breeds You Really Should Know

Do you know these breeds?
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When talking about dogs, we usually differentiate them specifically by what breed they are or what breeds they're mixed with. When it comes to cats, there's a tendency to just say what color they are. The most common cat breed people know off the top of their head is a tabby or Siamese. If you're cat-savvy, you might also know about calico cats/tortoiseshell cats. Here are 5 more cat breeds to add to your knowledge of cats!

1. Maine Coon

Other than being large and fluffy, Maine Coons are usually identified as being sociable and "dog-like." Their colors can range from dark to light and are friendly, domesticated cats. With that fluffy coat and bushy tail, what's not to love?

2. Russian Blue

Russian Blue's have two coats of hair, plus an outer layer to protect from the cold. Its origins are unsure, but this may be why they are speculated to be from Russia. Their fur is blue, but they have silver tips that give more of a gray color. While they can be shy, they're sweet, domestic cats.

3. Abyssinian

Abyssinian cats are graceful and beautiful, but they also have a love for exploration and heights. They tend to enjoy climbing up into high places. This breed is known for being intelligent and inquisitive.

4. Scottish Fold

First off: Awww! Scottish Folds have the most adorable and squish-able faces. Their namesake comes from one of their most notable features: their folded ears. They love being around people and participating in the fun!

5. Egyptian Mau

A secret favorite breed of my own, the Egyptian Mau is elegant and agile. This breed has been considered as what Greyhounds are in dog breeds. They can be shy if not raised to be familiar with humans, but love to play with those they're comfortable with!

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An Open Letter To Any Cat Lover

Some days a girl just needs her furry friends to make her heart feel warm and fuzzy.

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My family has always had a true passion for animals, but we are especially fond of that special species called felines.

I do not have a single memory of my childhood that does not involve a cat. When I say my family adores these animals, please believe I mean it to the highest degree.

My dad loves cats. My mom loves cats, my sister loves cats, and my brother-in-law just recently became a cat daddy. I mean you have got to understand that this HUGE.

Our love for cats is a generational phenomenon. My grandparents all love cats. My uncles all have cats. My cousins all have cats. One could easily see that we take our love for cats seriously.

Since I have moved out of my parents' house, my love for kitties has only grown. Anytime that I get to go back home, I immediately jump out of the car, because my cats are right outside of my door because they miss me as much I miss them.

I currently have two cats. Tiger, my little old but still sassy cat, and Stuart, who goes by "Stewy" for short and always drools when you pet him. They have my heart I tell ya.

They love to come inside with me and eat treats out of my hand and just enjoy all of the attention. My parents are constantly sending me pictures of them, sometimes without me even asking, because they just know that I utterly adore them.

Tiger and Stuart are special companions for me. They know when I am happy, sad, or tired. I especially love that they curl up with me for naps.

They will meow a lot when I keep getting up to do things and all they want is to be held. They will sit in front of their water bowl until I give them fresh water from the sink (they are treated like royalty if you could not tell). They are sometimes all I need when I come home on the weekends.

I know that I will always have a cat in my life to be a furry companion. Marrying a man that is allergic to cats is simply not an option unless he is willing to compromise and get his allergies taken care of.

If you do not like cats, I completely understand, but please give them a try.

p.s. I am about to go home for spring break and you best believe that my kit-cats are about to be spoiled rotten.

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