Caturday doesn’t have to wait until Saturday when you own a cat, or two, or a dozen. Cat-lovers know the magic of having a feline companion or two in your home. Today, scientific research has proven that the purr-fect solution to decreasing stress, anxiety, and improving your cardiovascular health is being a cat-parent. According to the NIH, about 68% of American households have pets. Animal companions provide multiple positive benefits, but specific studies show why cats are exceptional and wonderful pets.
Meow To My Heart
Cats aren’t only good for keeping away lonely days or providing entertainment and cuddles. Having a feline friend is a heart-healthy move. Scientists were so dedicated to uncovering how cats benefit cardiovascular health; a ten-year study was conducted. Over 4,000 participants took part in a research study executed by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute. It turns out that cats are experts at reducing a human’s levels of stress and anxiety, which is connected to heart attacks.
Humans who own cats, compared to non-cat owners, may enjoy a reduced risk of experiencing a heart attack by 30 percent. Another benefit of having a cat is that they enjoy being petted and sit in your lap, especially during those moments when humans need a morale boost. When petting a cat, the heart rate, blood pressure, and stress levels are all reduced. Dogs do reduce stress levels, but may also encourage stress because they demand more hands-on attention than cats.
Immune Boosting Buddy
One reason cats may get a bad rap is due to people who are allergic. It may prove beneficial to expose youngsters to cats at a young age because it helps reduce a child’s chance of developing allergies and infections. Living with a cat may also decrease the chances of developing asthma, and cats provide therapeutic benefits too. Children who have autism have shown improved communication efforts after interacting with a cat.
In addition to helping anyone who pets them feel calm and more secure, cats can heal with their purr. The frequency of a cat’s purr falls between 20 to 140 Hz, which helps mend broken bones and wounds. Depression has been linked to developing various types of illness, so cats can help chase away bad moods. Spending 15 minutes or more playing with your cat daily improves your mood and keeps you active. Know when to slow down, and take a cue from a cat. Take a break in your day to nap for 20 minutes or interact with your cat to feel better.
Purr-fect Paw Power
It’s pretty evident that the Internet has a love affair with cats, so this scientific reveal was a welcome no-brainer. Cat owners and cat lovers have championed the positive benefits of having a cat for ages, much to the argument of dog lovers. Hands down, cats are one of the best pets to have in the home. Cats are relatively low-maintenance, compassionate, possess a deep awareness of human emotions, and know how to make a connection. Unlike dogs, which can be pretty needy and require intense interactions, cats are laid-back and encourage a relaxed vibe.
Online Twitter, Rob Casey @3timemvp responded to scientific reveals about cats, “This certainly is true in our house… Ruby Sue is just full of love and energy! This little super soft bundle of fun brightens our day!” Another user on Twitter, David Vega @twospirits, replied, “So true lol.” Over 26.8k viewers watched a video posted on NBC New’s Twitter feed about science proving the health benefits of having pet cats. Of course, some dog owners had to give their two cents, but cats rule and dogs drool for this story.
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