A lot of people have an unsavory opinion on cats. Saying things like cats are selfish, or improper pets with tendencies that are inappropriate for an animal in the house. It doesn’t make any sense if you ask me, because cats are the easiest house pets to have. Sure, sometimes they’ll scratch stuff up or break things, but it’s not like humans, who are intelligent life forms, don’t do those things either. It’s quite unfair.
Besides, if you think cats aren’t the most magical creatures in existence, you probably haven’t come across enough cats. There is no shortage of cuteness, or wholesomeness when it comes to our feline friends and if you need any proof, look no further. We have here a whole host of cat memes that prove exactly why cats are godsent and why they’re the most magical creatures in all of the land.
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If you’re worried about your carbon footprint, it’s better to own a cat than a dog. A 2009 study found that the resources needed to feed a dog over the course of its life create the same eco-footprint as that of a Land Cruiser. Meanwhile, cats—which eat less in general and are more likely to eat fish than corn- or beef-flavored products—only have the approximate carbon footprint of a small hatchback.
#2 New kitten
#3 Happy husky
#4 Nineteen year old
#5 Mice gifts
Losing a loved one is incredibly painful, but one of the best ways of coping is to own a pet. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly, and show less physical symptoms of pain, like crying. Despite the fact that they are only animals, cats serve as a social support during difficult times. People in mourning report talking to their pet to work out their feelings, since it is often easier to talk to something that won’t respond and can’t judge than to another human being.
#6 Bad wreck
#7 Car rides
#8 Construction site
#9 Girlfriend’s cat
If you’re a single guy and you can’t seem to get a date, get a cat! A British poll found that 82 percent of women agreed they are more attracted to men who like animals. And while having a dog will do wonders for your dating life, a whopping 90 percent of single women said that men who own a cat are “nicer” than other guys. Listing that you own a cat on your dating profile could do wonders for the number of responses you get—but remember, a cat is for life, not just until you find a partner.
#11 Twelve month difference
#13 Daughter and cat
#14 Kitten at the vet
A 2010 survey of British pet owners by the University of Bristol found that people who owned cats were more likely to have college degrees than their dog loving counterparts. In 2014, a researcher in Wisconsin surveyed 600 college students and found that cat owners were actually more intelligent as well. (But it’s probably not the cat itself making the owner smarter: The researchers conducting the Bristol survey said that smarter people tend to work longer hours, and since cats require less attention than dogs, they are a better choice for the busy intellectual.)
#16 Humane Society
#17 Glaring kitty
#18 Shelter bug
Owning any pet is good for your heart. Cats in particular lower your stress level—possibly since they don’t require as much effort as dogs—and lower the amount of anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive calming effect. One study found that over a 10-year period cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners (although this might just be because cat owners are more relaxed and have lower stress in general).
#20 Rough time
#21 We can’t keep it
#23 Boyfriend was not a cat person
The stereotype that dogs are more affectionate than cats is just that: a stereotype. In fact, it turns out that cats can be just as good of companions as dogs, especially for women. An Austrian study conducted in 2003 found that having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. As well as initiating contact much of the time, studies have shown cats will remember kindness shown to them and return the favor later.
#24 Shy rescue
#25 Cat adoption
#26 Crying kitten
But cats really do have the upper hand in these relationships. After thousands of years of domestication, cats have learned how to make a half purr/half howl noise that sounds remarkably like a human baby’s cry. And since our brains are programmed to respond to our children’s distress, it is almost impossible to ignore what a cat wants when it demands it like that.
#29 Ugly kitten
What about you? Are your cats magical? Tell us down in the comments!