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.
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.
While cats make purr-fect pets for some people, they don’t for others. Cats are dependent on their owners for all their needs — food, water, medical attention, exercise, shelter, and, most important, companionship. For many people, the years of unconditional love and devotion they receive from their furry “kids” far outweigh the daily responsibilities. But for others, their lifestyles make it impossible.