I’ll make this brief because I simply want to make one point which I believe is quite rarely talked about. Despite the fact that the benefits of cat ownership are often discussed, the discussion normally centres around companionship, the lowering of blood pressure and so on. There is another benefit.
Most people, perhaps particularly women, need to care for another. Although, common sense dictates that the need is not confined to women. Most of us, to varying degrees, have the desire. Is in our DNA to care for a person or an animal. We need the responsibility of caring for a another, often a companion animal. We need to worry about our companion animal. We need to be busy caring for our companion animal. There is a need for the caring process to be part and parcel of our lives.
This is simply part of the human make up; the human character. And we can discharge that desire to care for another creature through our cat companion. If the desire to care for “another” to a lesser or greater extent is not in a person’s makeup I believe that person has a deficiency in their character.
Carrying the responsibility for the welfare of another gives us both reward and pleasure. Without it life is not as full or as rich. I believe that this point needs to be made very clearly and simply.