If you ask cat owners what they love about their pets, the list will be long. Cats are cuddly and adorable; fun and playful. They offer unconditional love, making it easy to bond with them. They don’t need a ton of space. They’re easy to take care of and house-train, especially when you have the right products. But did you know that having a cat may also have health benefits? Read on to learn more.
Your kitty greets you purring at the front door, and suddenly your day feels brighter. There’s no denying that having a cat is a good thing, but our furry companions can actually improve our mental and physical health as well.
Cats can boost our mental health because…
- Your cat keeps you from feeling lonely. A little feline friend in the house who curls up on your lap while you’re watching TV or at the foot of your bed at night is an excellent antidote to loneliness. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicinei, nearly 9 out of 10 pet owners say that pets contribute to their overall enjoyment of life and feeling loved.
- Your cat helps you feel less stressed. Their goofy antics make you laugh out loud, but there’s science involved too. In fact, recent studies found that petting cats and dogs reduced subjects’ levels of cortisolii, the stress hormone. Having a pet has also been shown to improve owners’ mental well-being. The Healthy Agingi poll found that nearly 8 in 10 pet owners report that their furry friends help cut down on their stress.
- Cats are low maintenance. Keeping a feline healthy doesn’t take much – food, water, attention, and a good, lightweight cat litter. If you’re worried about the responsibilities of training a boisterous kitten, consider adopting a senior cat. Adult cats are calmer, already house-trained, and generally have well-established routines (eat, wash face, find sunbeam, nap, repeat).