They are cute, furry, independent, and fun to watch. Not only that, there are scientifically proven benefits that being a cat owner is good for your overall well being. Here are a few of those benefits:
You risk of heart disease is lowered due to lower levels of stress. Studies have proven that owning a cat can lower ones risk of various heart diseases, including stroke. One study found that cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners. Although, it is questionable if this is the cats doing or it’s just that calmer people are more likely to own cats.
Apart from being one of the most comforting noises in the world, purring has also been long associated with a therapeutic healing ability on human bones and muscle. Studies have shown that frequencies in the 18-35 HZ range have a positive effect on joint mobility after an injury. A cats purr creates vibrations at a frequency of 20-140 HZ, therefore placing the sound within the range of healing.
Several studies have found that people sleep better with a cat than with a human bed companion. Not only that, they prefer it. The Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine was able to confirm these findings. According to the center: 41 percent of people indicated that they slept better because of their pet, while only 20 percent say that it leads to disturbances.
Women are more likely to be attracted to men with pets according to research conducted by leading pet researcher Dr June McNicholas. A drastic 90 percent of single women perceiving men with cats as nicer and more caring than those without.
Just having a cat around trigger the release of calming chemicals in your body. This, in turn, lowers stress and anxiety levels. The act of petting is also known to have a calming effect. Plus, the fact that they are super low-maintenance contributes to less possibility for added stress in your life.
In 2002, the National Institutes of Health released a study that found children under a year old who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop all kinds of allergies. According to Marshall Plaut, M.D., chief of the allergic mechanisms section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “high pet exposure early in life appears to protect against not only pet allergy but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy to dust mites, ragweed, and grass.”
You can even just watch videos of cats and feel happier. A study of over 7,000 people by Indiana University Bloomington found that watching cat videos on the internet boosts viewers’ energy and positive emotions while decreasing negative feelings.
Owning a cat is better for the environment. Mentalfloss states: “A 2009 study found that the resources needed to feed a dog over the course of its life create the same eco-footprint as that of a Land Cruiser. Meanwhile, cats—which eat less in general and are more likely to eat fish than corn- or beef-flavored products—only have the approximate carbon footprint of a small hatchback.”
Owning a cat can help people cope with loss and recover more quickly from it. Cats serve as a social support during difficult times. People can talk to it more easily and tell it anything because it won’t respond and can’t judge like a human being.
Cat owners tend to be smart people. Of course, it’s not the cat making them smarter though. Its just that smarter people tend to work longer hours, and since cats require less attention than dogs, they are a better choice for the busy intellectual.
They fulfill your need for companionship according to an Austrian study conducted in 2003 which found that having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner.
They have been known to save lives. An animal that can save your life could come in handy!