22 Ways Cats Make Humans Happier & Healthier

22 Ways Cats Make Humans

Happier & Healthier

  • Help You Sleep Better ... Studies show that cats are more than 2 times more likely to help you sleep better than they are to disturb your sleep.
  • Petting A Cat Can Calm You Down ... Feeling stressed? Petting a cat can actually calm you down. Physical touch is a powerful trigger, and having a cat around to soothe you when you're wound up can lead to shorter periods of distress.
  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety ... Even watching cat videos can help calm you down and reduce stress. Take it a step further by taking a breather and petting your furry feline friend to further reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Decreases Risk of Stroke ... People who live with cats have a decreased risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. High-risk individuals can reduce their risk of disease by getting a cat.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure ... High blood pressure can lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, but cats help to keep blood pressure low, even during stressful situations, and in some cases do a better job than medication.
  • Decreased Risk of Heart Attack ... Research found that cat owners are 30% less likely to die from a heart attack than people who had never owned a cat.
  • Live Longer ... Notice something about how cats improve your health? All of these benefits lead cat owners to longer, healthier lives!
  • Cats Ease Loneliness and Provide Companionship ... Studies have shown that cat ownership and animal-assisted therapy reduce loneliness, particularly for seniors who are in long-term care.
  • Lowers Triglycerides and Cholesterol Levels ... High triglyceride and cholesterol levels can lead to deadly heart disease.  Cat owners show lower levels of each, meaning owning a cat leads to a healthier heart!
  • Lower Carbon Footprint Than A Dog ... A 2009 study from New Zealand showed that owning a dog was equivalent to owning a Hummer when it comes to the carbon footprint. While not perfect, owning a cat was only equivalent to owning a Volkswagen Golf.
  • Cats Are Easy Entertainment and Improve Your Mood ... Cats can improve your mood just as much as your partner can if you're feeling down. Plus you'll always have a easy form of entertainment on hand when you're at home looking for something to do!
  • Encourage You To Get Up and Play ... While not as exercise intensive as owning a dog, having a cat necessitates you taking a minute to slow down and play. If you decide to really get in to playing with your cat, even for 15 to 30 minutes every day, you will be helping your body significantly. Run around with a toy with your cat, and you'll be good!
  • Cats Remind You To Slow Down and Nap ... Cats are sleep experts, catching 12-20 hours of sleep every day. No matter what's going on, they can find time for a cat nap. It's a great reminder for us to slow down and take a 20 minute power nap to recharge for the rest of the day.
  • Cats Help You Fight Depression ... Pet companionship can help boost your mood. Living with and interacting with a cat can help people with mild to moderate depression feel better.
  • Get More Dates and Seem More Caring ... Women find men who love cats more caring. Guys, looking for more dates? Get a cat!
  • Helps You Make Friends ... Cat ownership is a great way to open up your potential social network by sharing something in common with like minded people. Social networks even exist to connect cat lovers!
  • Decrease Chances Of Developing Allergies and Asthma ... Children who live with cats have a decreased likelihood of developing allergies or asthma later in life.
  • Help People With Autism Communicate ... Animal therapy and having a cat as a pet have shown to increase the communication abilities of children with autism. They are more calm and communicate more easily than autistic children without pets.
  • Cat Purrs Can Heal ... Cats purr with a frequency between 20 - 140 Hz, which has been shown to heal bones and wounds. Having a cat purr on you can literally help to heal you faster!
  • Partners In Cancer Research ... Cancer research originating in cats is being used to advance treatments in human clinical trials.
  • Teach You About Yourself (and Others) ... Cat owners tend to share certain tendencies and personality traits. Doing a little research should give you some insight into your own personality, and help others relate to you by learning more about your potential traits.
  • Go To The Doctor Less and Save Tax Dollars! ... Cat owners generally go to the doctor less, and studies have shown that some countries save over $1B tax dollars (money that doesn't come out of your pocket) thanks to cat owners staying out of the hospital!

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