Top Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Cat

(Besides all the free stuff we would give you)

1. Cats are good for your mental & physical health

Taking a cat (or any pet) home from a shelter can improve your sense of happiness and general well-being. According to Research Gate, owning an adopted cat can have positive effects on your ability to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. In addition to companionship, having a pet can add a sense of purpose and structure to your life.

From a physical standpoint, a study in 2008 showed that having a cat can reduce your risk of heart attack by up to 40% by reducing stress and anxiety!  Plus, a cat’s purr can help lower your blood pressure. It's no wonder that another recent study showed owning a cat may lead to a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

 2. Cats are low maintenance

   While cats enjoy your company, they also love their independence and can be on their own for greater lengths of time than dogs. That makes them an ideal pet choice for people who want (or need) a low-maintenance pet. 

3. Cats are great for children

Research has found that early exposure to a cat in the home can actually reduce infants’ sensitization to the allergens cats produce. As a result, kids have a reduced chance of developing allergic diseases.

Studies also show that younger cats, in particular, become affectionate with the children in the family. The more responsibility a child takes for the cat, like providing food and water, the more they learn about caring for animals, social skills, and routines.

4. Adopting a cat saves money compared to purchasing from a breeder

For a relatively low fee, you’ll take home a cat that is already spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and possibly microchipped. Jake's Pet Supply makes it even more rewarding! We offer a $10 gift card and a free pet tag when you show recent adoption papers. 

5. Adopting a cat saves multiple lives

According to the World Animal Foundation, around 530,000 cats are euthanized in shelters annually. When you adopt a cat from a shelter or rescue group, you save the life of that cat and you free up space for other pets to be taken in. 

6. Adopting allows you to pick the temperament of your new companion

Often a young kitten changes its personality over time. Cats that live in shelters and rescues interact with their caretakers regularly, so these people really get to know the personalities and can advise you based on your needs. They can help you find a playful, active cat or a calmer feline who prefers cuddling and a quieter environment.

If we've convinced you to get a cat, consider getting a bonded pair or two cats (provided you give them time to get comfortable with each other). You can feel extra good about saving two lives, and your new furry friend will always have a playmate when you aren’t home.

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