Who Owns Who? 6 Good Reasons to Own a Cat

It’s been said that no one truly “owns” a cat.

Cats simply decide to stay and to let you take care of them. While that may be true, we like to believe we’re the ones in charge. Here are a few reasons you should either own a cat or at least provide a home for them and let them decide.

Stress Relief

Experts claim cats relieve stress in humans. I’m not sure if the cat lobby paid for these studies or not, but one done by the University of Minnesota in 2008 claims it to be so. They also say the chances of having a heart attack can be reduced by as much as 40% simply by owning a cat. They don’t go into the effects on your heart from finding dead mice in the living room, hairballs below your bed, or the occasional bird carcass in the basement, but I’m sure they took that all into account.


Those of us who share nap time with our felines will certainly attest to the soothing properties of a purring cat. The vibrations of their purring range from 20-140 Hz, which at some time had to be found to cause sleep in humans. Supposedly those frequencies can also help lower blood pressure, promote bone strength, and heal muscle and ligament damage. The irony is, when your cat is purring, he or she is not really asleep. Just that fact can keep you awake at night because my cat also can go from purring to biting in something like 3.3 milliseconds.

More Me Time

Cats are known to be self-sufficient. Training them to use a cat box pretty much consists of buying a cat box. They don’t really need you for entertainment as most dogs do either. My cat has the attention span of a gnat. She could be fully engrossed in playing with me when a grasshopper jumps, wait was that an ice cube on the floor, whoa, check out that bird, was that a rabbit, oh darn, it’s nap time.

Mr. Clean

Have you ever given a cat a bath? I did once and it was, well, it was not pleasant. My cat had fleas and we had to do it but thankfully, most of you will never have to endure that. Although, it was pretty funny looking at her all wet and scowling at me, the following trip to the Urgent Care Center really ruined the moment. The good thing is cats take care of their hygiene themselves and they do a darn good job of it, too. Unlike dogs, cats rarely feel the need to roll in stinky stuff. Dogs probably wouldn’t either if they had to lick themselves clean, although on second thought, they do dine from the litter box, so yes they would.

Critter Patrol

You really shouldn’t have a mouse problem if you own a cat. That is, unless you feel that finding dead mice on your living-room floor is a problem. My cat likes to bring home trophies. I heard she brings them to me because she thinks I’m a lousy hunter and she is showing me how it should be done. I wonder how she thinks those treats I give her arrive here. If she really wanted to show someone how to bring home the bacon, she should drop them off in our teenager’s room.

Friends for Life

You can tell a pet your troubles and they will not argue, advise, or judge. I enjoy chatting up my cat, though it is a bit disturbing when, right smack in the middle of my talk, she sits up and licks herself. I don’t take it personally, though since she seems to always barge into whatever room I’m in. We have a bond like that, and as long as I keep the litter box clean and the treats flowing, life is good.

I’m just happy she decided to stay, especially after I bought the litter box, and whether it’s her idea or mine, really doesn’t matter.

Meet the Author: Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is a full-time musician along with a humor, travel and outdoor recreation columnist. He's also an avid skier and golfer and has traveled extensively around the U.S, the Caribbean and Europe. His musical career takes him all over the U.S. and his wife drags him everywhere else. His weekly columns “The Life of Ryan” ran in the Transcript and Sentinel newspaper chain for several years and have been featured in the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Mile High Magazine. He is the co-founder, editor and humor columnist for ColoradoLocalLegends.com and currently resides in Morrison, Colorado.

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