Cat videos are arguably the best thing about the internet and can instantly boost your mood, but did you know that owning your own feline can actually be good for your health? In honour of International Cat Day, I’m here to share the top five health benefits of owning a cat.
1. Cats provide therapeutic companionship
Cats offer a sense of companionship that can be as rewarding as any other friendship. They reduce feelings of loneliness and sadness, contributing to a happier mood. Petting your cat also triggers the release of oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) in your body, which brings forth feelings of love and trust. The calming effect they have can also help to lower your blood pressure.
2. They help you to manage your anxiety
Those calming hormones triggered by your cat can also decrease your stress and anxiety levels. Dogs may have a similar effect, but since cats are independent and are much less maintenance, you’re left with more time to relax and soak up the benefits.
3. Having a cat can increase your resistance to allergies
Exposure to cat fur early in life can boost your immunity and increase your resistance to allergies and even asthma.
4. Owning a cat can decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke
Studies have found that owning a cat can reduce your risk of various heart diseases and stroke by up to 30%. Cats relieve psychological stress and anxiety that are related to the cardiovascular system, in particular heart attacks.
5. You’ll sleep better with your furry roommate around
Ever heard that the most rewarding thing is coming home and finding your pet on your bed? Cats are the best roommates and cuddle buddies, and can help you sleep better. My cat sleeps in my room almost every single night and cuddles up under the blankets with me when it’s really cold.
In case you weren’t convinced, here’s a picture of me and my adorable cat.
If you are looking to add a cat to your family, adopt don’t shop. You can save a pet life by adopting from your local animal welfare shelter.
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