Owning a pet can bring a lot of joy and benefits. We look at the proven benefits of owning a cat. The many benefits of having pets, and cats in particular, have been researched around the world. We will look at some of the interesting ones.
REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY
Owning a pet as well as a cat will reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Owning, playing and physically touching or petting a cat have been shown to release stress-reducing hormones. It’s no surprise that some people are willing to pay huge amounts of money for cats, which can be seen by looking at these overpriced cats and you know that feeling when you pet your cat for a while and feel more relaxed and happy, this is the main reason, why people love cats. The chemicals in your brain, more specifically the hormones involved in the serotonin and cortisol reaction. Cortisol is Roman related to stress, and if you spend more than 15 minutes a day with your cat, your cortisol levels will drop. Similarly, serotonin levels rise when people spend time with their cats. Serotonin is associated with feelings of well-being and relaxation.
CATS ARE MORE INDEPENDENT
Cats are more independent than most other pets like dogs. It also helps their owners to relax and not be nervous while spending every minute of the day with them. Cats will go about their business for a while, and then when you are at home and relaxed, they will spend time with you. This reduces the stressful relationship between pet and owner.
MAKES YOU HEALTHER
Studies have shown that people who live with cats are less likely to die from a stroke or heart attack. It may also say something about less stressed people choosing a pet, but it is also a reflection of the calming effect that a cat can have on its owner. Research has shown a 30 to 40% reduction in the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.
Another study also showed that pet owners have lower blood pressure than pet owners. This, however, is a perk of owning pets, and I should be one in general, and this is true of both cat and dog owners.The presence of pets, such as a cat, in the home has been proven to boost the immune system of the hosts. Some studies also attribute it to the fact that children will not develop allergies later in life to contact with a cat they were younger with.
CATS HELP YOU TO RECOVER
Cats have been shown to help people recover faster from surgeries and other injuries. Many studies attribute faster recovery to a pet. The use of therapy dogs to help people feel better and recover faster is also well documented, and similar benefits hold true for cat owners. There have also been some studies linking purring in cats to faster healing of fractures. This has to do with the frequency of the cat’s purr and how it can stimulate faster recovery. More research is needed in this area before this can be conclusively proven.
CATS WILL IMPROVE YOUR MOOD
Think of all the cat videos you’ve seen online. It’s good, definitely affectionate and fun, and very quickly helps to get rid of a bad mood. Any cat owner will know that after 15-30 minutes spent with a cat, there can be no more bad moods. Cats can be very affectionate and sweet and will do anything that makes them a good companion. Cat owners have been shown to be happier, more confident, sleep better, focus better on productivity, and be less nervous than people without pets. Similar benefits hold true for children who grow up in a home with a pet. Cat owners were also found to be more trusting, loving, and more like other people in the social environment than pet owners. This may be because if someone feels accepted and loved by their pet, this can also spread to other social areas of their life.