I have a cat. If you've read this blog for any amount of time you know this. Reidar is my companion and my friend. He is my company when I need him and a source of calm when I'm upset. He is quirky, annoying, loving, and above all – he's a cat. And cats are awesome.
Cats come with many different personalities and traits, just like humans. They come in all shapes and sizes. Their fur comes in different shades, patterns, and lengths. There are even some cats without fur. There are cats who are mellow and cats who are closer to their wild cousins than regular domesticated cats.
Some people are allergic to cats, and I have to say I'm sorry for that. Cats can make wonderful companions. Then there are people who are more dog people than cat people. That's awesome. Whatever pet you choose has the potential for being a good companion.
Cats have been around for thousands of years. Cats have been associated with humans for the last 7,000 to 8,000 years. They started coming around when we had permanent settlements to chase the rodents feeding on the grain. Egyptians worshiped cats and venerated them as part of their religion.
Then there was the time when cats were considered tools of the devil. They were hunted and killed. People who associated with cats were considered witches and were often killed along with the animal. That was a dark time for our furry companion.
But cats became valuable again and people welcomed them as pets and companions. The history of dogs is a little more hard to determine. No one is quite sure when they became companions to people. There are a lot of differing opinions on that. But dogs have been around for a long time as well, and people have used them for many different purposes over the centuries.
No matter what pet you have, treat them well and they will return your care with love.