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Buying a house that had cats can be expensive. But not as expensive as buying a house without cats!
Here’s why cats increase home price in the first place.
1. Cat’s presence is “a nuisance to all”
A study of over 12,000 homes found that a cat’s presence increases the price of a home by anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000 in the first year alone!
In addition, another study of around 2,000 houses found that a cat’s presence was associated with an increase in the price of the house by 2.9 times!
2. Cat’s “unwanted and inconvenient” presence lowers the “quality of life”
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the “cat’s ability to cause stress in the human population is unmatched by any other domestic animal”.
The US Cat Humane Index reported that “cats are less than ideal” due to their high “food demands”, noise, fleas and “the stress of being confined and forced to share their space with humans”.
Moreover, the AVMA revealed that “cats have a higher prevalence of various infectious diseases and parasites than other companion animals”.
Cats, therefore, contribute to the “increase in the rate of communicable diseases in humans, which can result in increased health-care expenditures”.
3. A cat in the house comes with more “expenses”
A report by the American Animal Hospital Association in 2003 showed that people who own cats spent $12.7 billion each year on medical care and related expenses.
Cats are also costly in terms of food, toys, cleaning supplies, veterinary visits, grooming products and flea products.
In one study, “a single cat spent more than $2,000 annually on food alone”.
Moreover, the Association of American Feed Control Officials revealed that the “pet food industry sells about $11.6 billion annually in cat and dog food, and it consumes nearly a half-billion pounds of corn and grns annually”.
This means that a cat comes with almost one third of the animal’s dly calorie intake.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials, however, cautioned pet owners about feeding their cats the wrong kinds of food.
According to the US National Academies of Science, “feeding an average cat on dry food leads to poorer nutritional outcomes,” hence “the quality of a cat’s life will depend on the type of diet fed”.
4. Cats are considered a “nuisance”
A 2000 study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B revealed that “cats and dogs are by far the most likely wild mammals to chase us, and the most likely to attack us.”
While they might help us from predators, they can also cause major damage to our belongings and our own bodies.
5. Cats have a higher rate of cancer than humans
Cats develop a number of kinds of cancers, including the following:
6. Cats are hard to housebreak
Cats do not mind walking around wherever they please, and they can find their way anywhere.
While they might make for fun pets, you need to give them plenty of space.
If you live in an apartment, a cat will likely destroy your couch, carpets, and other household items.
“Cats have no idea what is a trashcan, why it’s put there, and don’t care at all,” as the Huffington Post reported.
7. Cats don’t clean themselves
If you notice that your cat has urinated in a particular spot, they probably won’t go near it.
“If a cat has a litter tray, she just leaves it,” as the Humane Society of the United States reported.
The cats’ fur also creates a barrier that makes it difficult to clean them, as they get covered in cat hr when they move around.
In fact, it takes just four hours to clean a fully-grown cat, as opposed to the average two to three hours it takes to clean a dog.
“Cats love to scratch, claw, eat, and scratch agn,” so it is important to keep the cat’s habitat clean and free of catnip and other hazards.
The cat might also be a source of food for bacteria.
“Cats can carry salmonella, which is a bacterial infection that can cause severe disease and even death in cats and people,” the ASPCA reports.
8. They can be dangerous
The most dangerous thing about owning a cat is the high probability that they will do something to hurt themselves or a child.
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1,000 children under the age of 4 are injured by cats each year and about 600 of these children end up with fatal injuries,” as the Huffington Post reported.
9. They’ll probably bite you
The cats are quick to bite, and even if they don’t, they are prone to biting if provoked.
“Cats hate people but they don’t really like anybody,” as the ASPCA reported. “Cats are usually happy to come and visit. But they may have a bite or two in them while they’re there,” the ASPCA sd.
If someone does get bitten by a cat, you’ll need to learn the cat’s history to determine the best course of action. If you don’t know the history of the cat, there is a good chance that the cat was just recently purchased, so keep in mind that they could have been exposed to fleas or other health problems.
10. Cats do have the potential to save lives
The most compelling case in favor of owning cats is the fact that they can be an effective weapon agnst other animals that would do us harm.
If someone is injured by a dog, for example, you could bring your cat with you to show the dog to warn others about the dog. There are even cats that are trned to “bite-bite-release” so they won’t actually bite people, just scare them away.
Even though cats aren’t trned to kill, they do kill in self-defense, which can make all the difference. And for the record, as the ASPCA noted, “cats who attack a predator to save another cat or person are usually rewarded for their good behavior.”
The moral of the story? There are more good reasons to own a cat than just the obvious pet-centric benefits.
The ASPCA says that it’s important to understand that while cats have a personality that makes them friendly and sociable, they can still be dangerous if not properly socialized.
Also, make sure to check out this infographic by Smart Kitten, who breaks down some of the many reasons why people and cats should coexist peacefully!
If you’re ready to start adding one of these friendly little creatures into your home, check