Say cheese – These low-maintenance cuties groom themselves to perfection which explains why they are always pretty as a picture.

Pied Pipers – Enjoy the privileges of a 24/7 exterminator service that keeps the house free of rodents.

Who’s the boss? – Ellen Perry Berkeley’s saying goes “As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat”. A tap on your shoulder will wake you up and your heart’s sure to melt as they stare unblinkingly at the empty food bowl.

Laptops to love – When it rains, a warm fur-ball will crawl into your lap and stay there until the sun comes out.

Bye, bye B.P – Who needs self-help books when the simple act of stroking a cat can lower your blood pressure?

Large-hearted heroes – Cats have saved owners from raging fires and alerted them about impending natural disasters. They take loyalty very seriously.

Lucky us –The ceramic Maneki Neko (‘beckoning cat’) with a raised paw is considered to be a harbinger of good fortune.

Simple pleasures – Cats teach us that real pleasures come in the form of fresh milk, wind-up toys and impromptu attacks on Velcro stickers. Material things are redundant.

Constant slapstick comedy – Their own reflections in the mirror or even shadows will do when they’re in the mood for a game. Get ready to laugh till your sides hurt.

A purr to die for – At the end of a long day, there’s that wonderful moment to look forward to. A loud purr that says “Welcome home. Cuddle up!”

“It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any human being.”

Henry David Thoreau

“Has anyone ever had a stroke or a heart attack while cozied up with a pet? I doubt it.”

Robert Brault

Hero of the week

Prashant Sharma wanted a dog and decided to adopt one from a shelter instead of going to a breeder. He adopted Laila from the CUPA shelter this May and she’s now an inseparable part of their lives. Prashant strongly advocates adopting animals from shelters to give a new lease of life to abandoned and abused animals.

Know of a hero who has performed of an act of kindness to animals? Write to petpalsbangalore@gmail.com

Pet Pals is a weekly column that will appear on Tuesdays. All animals featured in Pet Pals are available for adoption free of cost.

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