Many pet owners ask “what are the health benefits of owning a cat?” In this article you’ll discover just how beneficial keeping a cat can be.
Whether you’re thinking of getting a cat or already have one you may be surprised at some of the health benefits I share with you here. Of course, owning any pet, whether dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or even goldfish is good for your health and wellbeing.
However, cats seem to be particularly good as you’ll discover. Keep reading as I share some of the amazing benefits owning a cat can bring.
Lowers stress levels
Stress is extremely bad for your health and can lead to high blood pressure. One of the major health benefits of owning a cat is their calming effect.
Just listening to your cat purr or stroking her may help lower blood pressure and make you feel calmer. After a stressful day at work, or feeling anxious, it’s hard not to relax when you have a cat.
Actually, just touching or stroking your cat releases endorphins or feel good hormones. In addition, cytokines, natural painkilling chemicals are also released.
Cat massages can help both your cat and yourself feel relaxed. So if you have a mild tension headache, reach for the cat and not the painkillers! Of course, if you’re seriously stressed it’s important to talk to someone other than the cat.
Reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke
It’s been found that cat owners are less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. This is encouraging news for anyone who shares their life with a cat.
In fact many studies have been carried out showing this to be true including one carried out on 4,500 women and men between the ages of 30-75. This study was over a 20 year period and included in a national health and nutrition examination.
The study began in the 1970s with over half having owned a cat during their life. Findings showed those who never ownwd a cat were 30% more likely to suffer a stroke or heart attack.
One of the amazing things about a cat’s purr is the vibrational frequency. You see it’s in the healing range at 26 Hertz. If you know anything about vibrational frequencies you’ll know they sync with brain waves.
In fact, binaural beats have become very popular over the past few years. In addition, 26 Hertz is the same frequency therapists use to promote regeneration of tissue.
This has a similar effect as high intensity exercise in the sense of strengthening bones and muscle. This doesn’t mean you should swap your gym sessions for lounging on the sofa stroking your cat though!
Any effects will be small, though it’s believed vibrations from purring may help repair tendons and infections. In fact it’s also thought that cats purr to heal themselves. There are many surprising facts about a cat’s purr that scientists are still trying to fully understand.
May help reduce the chance of kids developing allergies
Some parents worry about having a cat around new born babies, however, it’s been shown this can be a positive thing. This is because infants exposed to cats have a lesser chance of developing allergies.
It’s never a good thing to keep your home excessively germ free with a new born. This is because it doesn’t help build immunity.
As a result, in later life your child may be more susceptible to certain bacteria. It’s thought dander off a cat’s coat may help train the immune system to fight off these germs and allergens.
May help kids with autism
If you have a child with autism, getting a cat may be life changing. This is because cats can provide emotional support.
Often, children in the autism spectrum find it difficult to communicate their feelings and emotions. A pet such as a cat or dog can provide your child with a close companion that never judges and always listens.
This can have a wonderfully calming effect, making him or her better behaved. It’s also believed to help with hyperactivity and ASD.
Whether your child has autism or not, having a cat around can make him or her more empathetic and sensitive. If you decide to get a cat and you have children, look for breeds that are good with kids.
Watching videos of cats may help boost mental health
Even if you don’t have a cat, watching a few funny videos of cats can have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing. In fact studies have been carried out to prove it.
Myrick, conducted a survey of 7,000 viewers of cat videos online. Results showed participants felt happier and energised. In addition, many reported feeling less anxious and much calmer.
So, don’t feel guilty at taking a quick break from work and watching your favorite cat video! It may even help you refocus and increase productivity!
Better nights sleep
One of the health benefits of owning cat is enjoying a good nights sleep. It’s not uncommon for cat parents to allow their furry kids to share their bed.
It can be comforting and reassuring to have your cat sleep next to you. In fact, it provides a sense of security. This allows you to enjoy deeper, restful sleep.
Of course, if an intruder were enter your home it’s highly unlikely your cat would call the police! Nevertheless, you may find you fall asleep easier.
There’s no need for an alarm clock either as you’ll probably be woken by a paw gently tapping your face. This is a far healthier way to start the day as you’ll feel more relaxed.
However, there are cons as your kitty may decide to wake you at 3 am in a playful mood. Also, if you suffer from asthma, you may find dander from your cat’s fur makes you wheeze
Another one of the great health benefits of owning a cat is having emotional support. Though cats may not be able to talk, they are great at listening.
Of course, your cat isn’t a therapist but just talking about problems is therapy in itself. Even if you only have your feline friend for company you’d be surprised how much better you feel after getting a problem off your chest.
This can be good for your mental health and help with healing after a break up or other traumatic event. Whether you’re grieving over the death of a close family member or getting over divorce, your cat is the perfect counselor.
In fact, cats make the perfect anti-depressant! With their funny antics and ability to sense how you feel, they make great alternatives to pills!
Maybe doctors should start prescribing cats instead of anti-depressants! It would certainly save a fortune and boost mental health!
Help form better relationships
Relationships play an important role in health and wellbeing, and it’s been shown that owning a cat helps form better relationships.
This is because they lift your mood and make you more sensitive towards others. Your cat can even help you connect with people. For example, cats can make a great talking point with friends and even strangers.
If you’ve ever invited a friend round and your cat jumps on their lap or sits watching, you’ll know what I mean. Awkward silences are easily broken as your friend comments on your pretty kitty.
A mood boosting cat helps you feel good about yourself and this is great for any relationship. Those who own a pet are generally happier and less inclined to suffer bad moods.
Your cat can make you kinder and more empathetic. These are great qualities for any relationship whether romantic or platonic.
Healthy relationships are important for health and wellbeing. If you’re unhappy it can affect both your physical and mental health.
Being cat crazy isn’t so crazy after all with so many health benefits
Now you know the health benefits of owning a cat, you can rest assured that if you have multiple cats you’re not so crazy after all! Many of us, including myself have just one kitty which is perfectly fine. In fact you may find you develop a stronger bond with your cat.
Whether you have one cat or 6 cats you’ll find you’ll feel happier and healthier. In addition, you’ll form better relationships and become more empathetic.
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