As much as we love puppies, there’s nothing like a cute, squishy, kitty. Cats are just as affectionate as dogs but they are far more independent and don’t require as much attention because they keep to themselves. Whether you want a cat that remains outdoors, sleeps in your lap, or just a sidekick, there are several health benefits when it comes to owning a feline companion.
Mental Health Benefits
The latest rage is owning a therapy dog, but cats have many therapeutic benefits as well. When someone is feeling stressed or anxious, there have been studies that cats can produce a calming effect on the body by triggering brain chemicals such as oxytocin. There have also been studies that autistic children are calmer and even become more social when they are petting or playing with a cat. Also, cat owners tend top have more confidence because they can use their furry friends as a conversation starter amongst peers.
Physical Health Benefits
There have been studies that show that cat owners also have lower blood pressure than non-cat owners. There have also been reports that owning a cat can reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which can help prevent heart disease, heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, and strokes. We are not condoning buying a kitty as an alternative form of medicine but something that can help!
Environmental Health Benefits
While this isn’t a “health benefit” that affects someone directly, a study in 2009 showed that cat owners use significantly fewer resources than dog owners and overall have a lower carbon footprint. This is primarily due to the fact that cats eat less than dogs. This study explains that dogs are just as dangerous to the environment as a Hummer while cats are the equivalent of small compact cars.
If you have been on the fence on whether or not to adopt a kitten, then consider all of the benefits it can bring to you and your family.