I’m Thinking About Getting a Cat

Here is my thought process, including the pros and cons

Mark Hake
4 min readDec 22, 2022


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I’m thinking about getting a cat. Here are all the reasons why it might be a good idea for me — an older man who lives alone. But it also really applies to anyone who lives by themself.

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Why Cats Might Be a Good Idea

Cats can make great companions and can be very affectionate with their owners. They are generally low maintenance and can be left alone for longer periods of time than dogs, making them a good choice for people with busy schedules or who travel frequently.

Cats are also good at keeping pests, like mice, out of the house and can be very entertaining to watch. Some people also find the purring of a cat to be very soothing and find that having a cat helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

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Ultimately, the decision to get a cat (or any pet) should be based on whether I am able to provide the necessary care and attention for a pet. I think I can probably do so.

But here are some of the downsides.

Why To Not Get a Cat

It’s important to carefully consider whether a cat is a right pet for me and my lifestyle.

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Here are a few things to consider:

  • Time commitment: Cats require daily care, including feeding, litter box maintenance, and playtime. They also need regular grooming to keep their fur clean and healthy. Make sure you have enough time to devote to a cat’s needs.
  • Allergies: Some people are allergic to cats, so if you or someone in your household has allergies, it’s important to consider whether a cat is a right choice.



Mark Hake

CFA, MBA, and former hedge fund manager and investment research firm owner. Email me at if you have writing/research projects.