Adopting an animal is a huge deal.
You have to care for another being and they're not always the cheapest.
Though it may feel like it, we're not here to talk you out of adopting a feline companion for your family. Quite the opposite, actually.
We believe adding a pet to your family is one of the best things you can do, especially if you have teenagers.
1. They Teach a Lesson in Responsibility
Taking care of a cat is a huge responsibility. They need to be fed, cleaned up after, and loved on a regular basis. Your child will learn how to be organized and efficient by taking care of a cat. Sure, they'll need a little help and push from you, but they'll get there.
2. They Reduce Stress
Stress is bad, we all know that. But it can be especially harmful for teens who don't quite have a grip on how to properly manage it yet. Luckily, owning a cat has been known to reduce stress and anxiety levels. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology noted, "A decreased risk for death due to all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke) was observed among persons with cats."
You don't need to tell your teens this, because they won't care, but it's still nice to know they probably won't suffer a stroke when they have a furry feline by their side.
3. They Enhance Empathy
Having a pet can teach your child a lesson or two in empathy. Because they can't exactly communicate with them through speech, your teen will have to become more in tune with the kitten's feelings. Who couldn't use a little extra lesson in compassion anyway?
These valuable teachings will also help them improve their relationships with other humans and even themselves.
4. They Reduce the Risk of Developing Allergies or Asthma
Bet you didn't know owning a cat had these kinds of effects on your kid, did you? Well, it's true. Introducing your child to a cat as early as possible has been known to reduce their risk of developing any allergies and even asthma.
Of course, the earlier this happens, the better. You want your kin to be around domestic cats as early on in their life as possible to really see the effects pay off.
5. They Offer Companionship
Making friends isn't always easy. Some of us tend to struggle with it a little bit more than others. If your teen is having a rough time socializing with others, getting them a cat should help. They'll have a forever companion in a little kitty. And honestly, that's why better than seeking companionship from a human.