With all that cats do for us — studies show they lower blood pressure, and anecdotal evidence reveals they make great alarm clocks — we decided to show our appreciation by putting together a list of our favorite things about cats. (And if you missed it, Oct. 29 was National Cat Day, a full 24-hour celebration of kitties that encourages the adoption of shelter cats.)

Read on to see just how wonderful life with a feline can be and consider adopting a shelter cat of your own.

Does your cat have a special talent you're grateful for? Tell us about it in the comments.

kitten with man on toilet

Photo: michellegibson/iStockphoto

Cats make ideal companions. Adopt a cat and you'll never use the bathroom alone again.

cat caught destroying toilet paper

Photo: Justin Baeder/flickr

Cats might not know who made that mess, but they'll examine the evidence for clues.

cat napping on laptop

Photo: Roger H. Goun/flickr

Cats will let you know when it's time to unplug.

cat drinking from water glass

Photo: Adam Jefferson/flickr

Cats love to share. What's yours is theirs.

cat in desk chair

Photo: Laura D'Alessandro/flickr

Cats keep your seat warm — even if you only got up for a second.

cat with empty wine bottle

Photo: Helena Jacoba/flickr

If you have a cat, you'll never drink alone.

cat napping on shelf

Photo: Paul Wordingham/flickr

Cats make great decor. Considering redecorating? Skip the interior designer and simply adopt a cat.

cat in dustpan

Photo: Iris Shyroii/flickr

Cats are very clean companions that love to help with household chores.

cat waiting at door

Photo: MrCornfed/flickr

Cats are quite adept at recognizing closed doors and will always alert you to their presence.

cat typing

Photo: Graham Richardson/flickr

Cats are great with computers.

cat stealing people food

Photo: apeofjungle/flickr

Cats will help you finish your leftovers.

cat sleeping on book

Photo: ShelGreen/iStockphoto

Cats love a good book. In fact, they love books so much they'll often curl up on the pages while you're reading them.

cat hiding in drawer

Photo: Melissa Wiese/flickr

Cats know fashion. Think that sweater has enough fur on it? Think again. Luckily, your feline friend won't let you leave home without some furry reminders of his love for you.

cat sleeping on its back

Photo: Casual Historian/flickr

Cats are experts in the fine art of napping and can teach you to do catch some Zs pretty much anywhere.

cat in lap

Photo: jason saul/flickr

Cats give the best cuddles.

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