Why Get a Cat?

    New Kitty ArrivalThinking about getting a cat? Not sure if you should? A Google search “Why Get a Cat?” will yield over a billion results (yep, nine zeros) in 0.33 seconds. Overwhelming! I, a non-natural cat person, offer a more manageable list of a dozen reasons in favor of welcoming a cat into your home.

    Cats never betray confidences. (No cat would EVER tell what you really did that night.)
    Cats Keep Confidences



    Cats use litter boxes. (A huge plus during inclement weather.)
    Cat Litter Box



    Cats are enthusiastic helpers. (Quick to jump in the middle of: keyboards, important papers you’re organizing, boxes you’re packing.)
    Cat Being Helpful


    Cat-initiated cuddles rank high on the wonderful-meter. (Toddler-initiated cuddles are as well. But you blink, and your toddler’s grown up wanting the car keys. Your cat will never beg to drive.)
    Cat Cuddles


    Cats never steal your favorite shirt for a hot date. (Though they may claim it for snuggling.)
    Cat Snuggling in Shirt


    Cats are very generous. (Some gifts more appreciated than others. Still, “It’s the thought that counts.”)
    Cats Bearing Gifts


    Cats understand the importance of sleep (though not necessarily yours).



    Cats won’t steal your emergency brownie from the freezer.
    Brownie is Safe


    Cats are entertaining. 

    Cats are Entertaining


    Cats have that purr thing going for them.
    Purring Cat


    Cats are self-cleaning.
    Self-Cleaning Cat


    Cats are cool.
    Cats are Cool

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    Jennifer Steck - March 19, 2014 - 4:48 am

    My cat entertains me when he chases my dog around the house. I love your list and drawings. :)

    Tammy - March 19, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    THIS is my FAVORITE post. Ever. A well known lover of cats and a well known lover of your doodles … this is pure heaven. Clever writing (oh, so true) and such fun doodles. Kind of makes me think they really live in an alternate universe somewhere. I’ve had cats all my life, even when I was dirt poor. They have always enriched it. Always. The only down side I see to being owned by these magnificent creatures is when its time to say goodbye. The pain and loss is worth even just a second of time with them. Thanks for putting it all in such a playful way.

    Tana Bevan - March 19, 2014 - 2:27 pm

    Oh Jennifer, the doodled image I see in my head of a cat chasing a dog around the house is a pure delight. Thank you so much for that!

    Tana Bevan - March 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Tammy~This post was one of those “oh I have an idea and maybe I’ll draw a doodle or two” that sort of morphed into a doodle montage. Thirteen total! (I counted. lol.) While I am not a natural cat person, and it’s taken me a while to grow comfortable with the felines of the world, I definitely have. They do indeed have a special something to them which makes them enrich your life. So glad you enjoyed the post. The doodles are jumping up and down as they love having fans acknowledge them. Thank you for your kind words.

    Sheila Bergquist - March 19, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    Tammy said it all. No surprise that I, too, LOVE this post! And the doodles are priceless. You made my day!

    Jhanis - March 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

    Reading and nodding over here! I’d love for us to have a cat but he landlord do not allow 4-legged pets. :(

    Tana Bevan - March 20, 2014 - 4:41 pm

    Ah Sheila, You definitely love your cats! With me it’s a one-at-a-time thing. Not a natural with them, but I’m definitely more relaxed and comfortable with number three than I was with number one. Give your feline friends an extra hug, stroke, scratch, and/or tickle from me. *smiles*

    Tana Bevan - March 20, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Jhanis~So sorry you can’t invite feline friends into your home. Here’s wishing you and yours a change in circumstances that someday — fingers crossed it’ll be in the not-too-distant future — you can have a cat. Until then, perhaps you can visit a friend or neighbor who has one, thus getting your “cat fix”?