According to at least one woman with this issue, cats are right for companionship.
Be you a “cat lover” or a “dog lover”? People tend to favor one over the other, but many people are fans of both cats and dogs and have both in their home. Cats and dogs do have different traits – actually, they are very different beyond the fur, tail, and four legs. At various points in time, I had a cat only, a dog only, and a cat and dog together. I’m among those people who love both.
The Best Pet For Your Home
When you choose a pet for your family, for it to be optimal, you must consider your lifestyle and the composite of the family. For example, is someone in the family at home all day or is every family member at school or work? Are there young children in the family? Are there elderly family members? Does anyone have a chronic illness? Ideally, your pet will fit in well and be an asset, not a complication for the family.
Healing Traits of Cats
Speaking for myself, as well as others who live with rheumatoid arthritis, cats make fabulous pets and companions. Since there are many people with rheumatoid arthritis who have mobility issues, it is an obvious plus to not have to take your cat for a daily walk. Walking is surely good exercise for all of us, but it can be difficult or problematic for some people with rheumatoid arthritis. Your individual capabilities must be considered when choosing a pet.
Other wonderful traits of cats that make them a smart choice for many people with RA include that they are:
Mostly independent As mentioned, cats do not require daily walking. They entertain themselves. They do, however, depend on you to feed them and clean their litter box.
Soft and cuddly Cats have soft fur and love to cuddle and purr. Cats can have a soothing effect on you.
Loyal Cats think they are the boss of your household. But, at the same time, they are loyal and revere their owner – especially the one who feeds them.
Loving and lovable. Cats offer unconditional love and you cannot help but reciprocate.
Funny Cats are silly beings that do funny things. Their silliness is an undeniable mood booster.
Playful When you play with your cat, you cannot help but relax and de-stress.
Great listeners Have you ever talked to your cat? They make eye contact, get drawn in and try to understand what you are saying, and never look bored. You may wonder why you talk to humans after that.
Nonjudgmental Were you imperfect today? Did you leave dishes in the sink? Did you not finish the laundry? Did you eat too much ice cream? Cats don’t care. They love you anyway.
Forgiving Were you a bit late feeding your cat? Did you skip a day cleaning their litter box? Did you neglect to brush them? Your cat forgives you – and holds no grudge!
Can alert you to noises Dogs famously bark when something is awry, but cats perk up in a way that can alert you to noise which is potentially suspicious as well. Of course, they have to be lying in your lap or in view for you to notice.
More Reasons to Become a Cat Owner
RA is associated with chronic pain which can be all-consuming, especially if severe. Pain can lead to other problems, such as depression, loneliness, and isolation. The aforementioned cat traits allow your pet to distract you. It really is hard to remain focused on pain while your cat is providing you with a heavy dose of silliness. It is also difficult to feel lonely when your cat is by your side purring.
Cats really do make a difference. Your cat’s actions compensate for much of the bad stuff associated with RA. Not totally, of course, but enough to help.
Negatives of Cat Ownership (If You Have RA)
In the interest of providing a full assessment of cat ownership, there are a few negative points to mention. A full change of the litter box – usually done every couple of weeks – may require some heavy lifting. The type of cat litter that I use for my cat Mocha weighs 15 pounds. It is doable, but the task does require physical exertion.
Another consideration, which may be a problem for some people with RA who already have a heavy financial burden due to their medical condition, is that cats require food, cat litter, toys, and veterinary care. You must consider whether you can afford to own a cat before actually getting one. It is a responsibility that you must be able to undertake.
Ready for a Cat? Consider a Shelter Adoption
After you have weighed the pros and cons of cat ownership and are ready to find the perfect feline companion, I encourage you to consider looking at your local shelter first. Take a look at adoptable cats in your local ASPCA shelter online. There is really nothing more heartwarming than adopting from a shelter and providing your new kitty with their forever home. It has been said that the pet realizes it has been saved and it is instantly loyal to you. There is an unbreakable bond almost immediately.