Benefits of Cat Ownership
love your cats for the companionship that they provide. A sympathetic
ear, great listening skills, and boundless affection are all great
side benefits of cat ownership, but your cat may actually be doing
more for you than you think. Recent studies have shown that keeping
pets has a positive impact on your health and well being, especially
when that pet is a cat.
have proven that having contact with a pet is very calming and soothing,
and have backed up this conjecture with medical facts. Vital signs
taken after an individual's interaction with a pet show positive
effects on the blood pressure, pulse, and breathing frequency, and
the results of these tests are surprisingly similar to the body's
condition after deep meditation. Some studies have even indicated
that having pets reduces stress and results in a lowered risk of
and dogs - but especially cats - have been used in some hospitals
and nursing homes as a kind of therapy for the bedridden and ill.
The warmth of their furry bodies and open, purring friendship can
drastically influence a person's state of mind for the better.
A study conducted in the states of New York , Missouri , and Texas
found that nursing homes that allowed pets had lower medication
costs than those that didn't.
stress and increased calmness could be the cause, but studies over
the last twenty years have also shown that people who own pets are
much healthier than their non-pet owning counterparts; they are
often less-prone to minor illnesses like colds and influenza, score
better on psychological tests, and claim to feel a greater sense
are not the only ones who benefit from caring for a cat. Children
who have participated in the raising of a pet have shown higher
self esteem levels, better social skills, and a greater sense of
responsibility toward others. For young children and infants,
exposure to cats at a young age can also help the child develop
resistance to allergens and asthma.
adults often lack companionship, social connections and opportunities
for recreation during their retirement years. Owning a cat can significantly
boost the health and happiness of a senior, giving them a feeling
of purpose and the knowledge that they are needed.
are ideal pets for seniors as they are relatively low-maintenance
in comparison to dogs. They don't need formal exercise like
regular walks, or constant trips to the backyard, since they take
care of their own exercise routine during play and confine their
bathroom habits to a single area.
ownership has been shown to improve the general health and well-being
of men with HIV, reduce the loneliness of single women living by
themselves, and even help victims of heart disease recover more
quickly after a heart attack. Next time you're cuddling with your
cat on the couch, tossing that rubber ball across the linoleum for
the sixty-third time, or even cleaning a hairball off the rug, remember
that your cat might be doing a lot more for you than you think.
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