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8 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Kids

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8 Reasons Cats Are Better Than Kids

As a mother, I can say with great confidence there are more than eight reasons why cats are better than kids, but just in case my two daughters (6 and 8 years old) read this post someday, I better leave it to eight! This would also be a good time to clarify: I love my daughters. I love their giggles. I love their curls. I love the charming crayon drawings they proudly bring me.

Yes, I love reading them bedtime stories and I love kissing their boo-boos, but there are admittedly moments — and sometimes even days — when I wonder if life would have been easier if I had just been happy with my husband and three cats and left it at that! Cats, after all, are so much easier to live with – and you can leave them (mostly) alone when you go on vacation.

So, for those of you without kids still hankering to procreate, here is my short list of why you should either be happy with the cat you have or, if you do not already have a cat, why you should consider cats instead of kids!

1. Cats are quiet – really quiet, compared to kids!

2. Cats take care of their own potty needs. You never have to wipe a cat’s bum. If they are indoor-outdoor cats, you don’t even need a litter box.

3. Cats make great company when you are sick. They just curl up next to you — quietly (see, there is that word again) and they do not ask you to play bingo or monster trucks when you are about to upchuck into the toilet bowl.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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9:35AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013


11:18AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

LOVE it. I love my son and my kitty :)

7:47AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

Thanks for sharing

7:14AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Love them both!!

1:48AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Interesting. Thanks

10:01PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

@ Rebecca -- be honored to hold the title, Crazy Cat Lady!

10:58PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

@ McKay - A life of crackers does not sound appealing -- agreed. But, of course my kitties have a diet more varied than dry food. They eat the mice they catch (well, at least two of my cats do -- and it really is gross to find the remaining heads around the house and yard!) and they get the occasional wet food treat. This article was obviously meant to be tongue-n-cheek and not entirely serious!

6:24AM PST on Jan 2, 2013


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3:52PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

I wholeheartedly agree. One of our cats left us a rattlesnake with the head completely chewed off. They really are pretty amazing. It's been said that if a human child, a puppy, and a kitten were faced with adversity that the child would run and cry to its mama, the puppy would tuck its tail between its legs and cower, but the kitten would stand its ground, puff up and hiss. I've seen this first hand when we had a marauding bear and some six-week old kittens. The kittens puffed up, spat, hissed, swatted and whatnot and honest to gosh, the bear turned and walked away. Now I can truly admire THAT!

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