They Can Decrease Your Risk of Heart Disease.
A study conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis have shown that those who do not own cats are 30-40% more likely to die of heart attacks than their cat-owning counterparts. The chance of death from sudden heart attack is reduced, too, for cat owners
They Increase Your Increase Sociability.
Cat ownership provides a natural conversation starter and can enhance the owner’s ability to socialize. Having a person-cat connection is a form of social interaction. If your group of friends is small, or far away, your cat can help relieve your feelings of loneliness.
Reduces Your Stress and Anxiety.
Owning a cat can be soothing and trigger calming chemicals in the body, decreasing stress and anxiety levels.
Lowers Blood Pressure.
Those who own pets, according to a State University of New York at Buffalo study, are more likely to have lower blood pressure than those who do not have pets. Cat purrs can help lower their owner’s stress levels as well as reduce their blood pressure. People who suffer from high blood pressure, then adopt a cat, navigate stressful situations with lower blood pressure than people who don’t have pets.
An Austrian study conducted in 2003 found that having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. As well as initiating contact much of the time, studies have shown cats will remember kindness shown to them and return the favor later. Cats are often known for their independence, the bond between a cat and its owner reinforces companionship.
They Make You Laugh.
How many times have you laughed at your cat because of a crazy noise he made, or because watching him shake his butt and pounce at a piece of fuzz on the ground was just too funny? Your cat engages in these behaviors because he’s happy and content in the home you share, and having a good laugh with your cat is a great way to reduce stress.