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.

4. To feed cats all you have to do is leave a bowl of dried food on the floor. It can also be the same food everyday.

5. You never have to bathe a cat — they do so all on their own and without complaining.

6. Cats, unlike kids, love to be brushed. When you brush a cat, there is no howling or tears — and thus no guilt.

7. They never argue or talk back to you with a voice full of sass.

8. As said above, you can leave cats mostly alone while on vacation and if you want a date with your partner, you never need a babysitter, thus making those dates easier and cheaper.

In spite of all the benefits of having just cats instead of kids, you must be careful about having too many cats, especially if you are female, single, and over age 40. Otherwise you may be known behind you back as “the crazy cat lady” —  or worse accused of witchcraft. Having a few kids around however can diffuse the name calling and the witchcraft suspicions! Furthermore, if you really like to wipe bum-bums, loud noises, and cooking for picky eaters, the good news is that cats and kids are not incompatible. In fact, you can enjoy both. I know, because I do.


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Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago


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Kathy Johnson2 years ago

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

Sonia M.

Thanks for sharing

Penny C.
Penny C.2 years ago

Love them both!!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Interesting. Thanks

Cherise U.
Cherise U.2 years ago

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

Cherise U.
Cherise U.2 years ago

@ 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!

Donnaa D.
donnaa d.2 years ago


Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Valerie R.
Valerie R.2 years ago

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!