Pets are good for you.  Who doesn’t like puppy kisses and soft kitten purrs.  Your pet dog and cat seem to be always happy to see you.  If you had a stressful day at work your pet just wants to be near you.  Unconditional love is something we all need.

As a dog person I was never exposed to cats until I married my wife.  She grew up on a farm with barn cats and a dog.  The dog was her fathers pet.  The cats were there to keep the barn free of mice and other vermin.  She and her sisters were given the task of finding all of the female cats who had given birth to kittens.  They did this to acclimate the kittens to humans.  Other wise the kittens would become feral.

I began to understand cats once we adopted our first two kittens.  One was a male orange cat she named Garfield. The other was a female calico I named Furgey.   Having a kitten curl up in my lap and purr until she fell asleep was an emotional experience.  Since that moment we have always had at least two cats in the house.

It is a myth that only women like cats and men only like dogs.  When we lived back east I had a dog and my wife had three cats all living together.  The one of our male cats would antagonize the dog.   The dog would chase the until the cat would jump through the cat door I had installed in the basement door. The cat door was too small for the dog to fit through.  The cat would sit on the other side of the door while the dog barked at him knowing the dog could not got to him.  All I could do was laugh at the situation thinking cats are much smarter than humans give them credit.

This past year our female “mommy” cat passed away.  She raised all of the kittens we brought into the house.  To keep the make cats from fighting we found a new female kitten that looks to be part bengal.  She has bonded with our part Bengal male.  He seems happier to have another cat who can keep up with him.  The balance to the universe has been restores at least in my home. Pets are good for you

Written by James Simons