The benefits of having a pet are constantly being discovered and proved. An easy source of emotional and psychological comfort, our 4-legged friends are there for us when life gets tough, reassuring us as they cuddle up by our sides. Although many think that cats don't care about us, nothing could be further from the truth. But just how do cats keep us healthy? Find out below!
Cats' purrs have a very calming effect on humans. Not only do they often help people feel less emotionally upset, but they can also have direct positive effects on our health. A study found that the frequency cats' purrs are (between 25 and 50 hertz) improvesbone density and soothes pain. It's also helpful for those who suffer from anxiety as something to focus on, having a similar effect to ambient noise such as rain and wave sounds.
Humans are social beings who, in general, need physical contact of some sort to feel mentally healthy. However, some people might not be so keen on social contact, or find it difficult to build relationships with others. Cats are an excellent solution to loneliness, as well as being less difficult to keep than animals such as dogs.
Cats are very sensitive to noise, with shouts from their nearest and dearest being particularly frightening. Even if it's not their fault, you can't explain to a cat why you are upset or angry; they just see and hear something large, loud and in their territory. Therefore, people with cats learn to control their emotions and be considerate of others.
Passing time with others, including animals, makes our brains release oxytocin, the hormone that makes us feel happy. Stroking cats makes us feel peaceful and content, which obviously makes us feel less stress and anxiety.
Surprisingly enough, having a cat can lower the risk of someone having a heart attack! An American study showed a link between cat ownership and lower rates of cardiac arrest and even strokes.So cats are clearly perfect companions who, aside from giving us heaps of love and affection, can also pass on fur-bulous health benefits!
H/t: I Heart Cats
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