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Not a cat person? You should be! Here's 10 proven health benefits of owning a cat

Cats are cute, cuddly, independent, and a lot less work than a dog - but did you know they can also be good for your health? Our furry felines can provide a lot more than companionship.



Cats are cute, cuddly, independent, and a lot less work than a dog. But did you know they can also be good for your health? Our feline friends have been proven to have a positive effect on our mental and physical health. So if you're not a cat person yet, here's some reasons why you should be...


They can reduce stress and anxiety


Cats release calming chemicals which can help lower stress levels in humans. In times of upset or grief, one of the best ways you can cope is to own a pet. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly and experience less physical symptoms, such as crying


It can help lower your risk of heart disease


Cats are actually good for your heart. They can help you feel calmer just by petting them, and the chance of developing various types of heart disease, or even suffering a stroke, are up to 30% lower than non-cat owners, studies say


You will sleep better


Cats are better bed companions than humans. Multiple studies found people preferred to sleep with their pets than their partners. Not only did they get a better night’s sleep, but they experienced less disturbances throughout the night


Purring can help heal injuries


It sounds far-fetched, but the purring noise cats make can actually help the human body heal quicker. The frequency a cat purr creates has been proven to have a therapeutic effect on human bones, muscles and joint mobility after injury


Your children will have fewer allergies


Studies have shown that being exposed to cats under the age of one means you are less likely to develop allergies as an adult. High exposure to cats in early life also provides protection from other allergies, such as dust mites and grass


They can help children with autism socialize better


The social interaction of children with autism can dramatically improve around pets, research has shown. So if you have a child with autism, getting a cat could greatly help develop their social skills and assertiveness as an adult


Watching cat videos is good for mental health


A study of more than 7,000 people conducted by Indiana University Bloomington discovered that watching cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions, while cheering up anyone who had been feeling down


Widen your social circle


For both adults and children, owning a cat makes you more likely to make friends with other cat owners as well as connecting you with other people in the community like your local vet or volunteers at the animal shelter


Cats can help you attract a partner


If you're single and wanting to meet a partner, then getting a cat is one way to do it. A recent study showed 90% of single women said men who owned a cat were also 'nicer' than other guys they dated. Meow!


And they can literally save your life


There have been many instances of cats literally saving their owners lives. One cat owner said his feline friend warns him before he is about to have an epileptic fit. Cats have also woken their owners up during a fire – or in one case a gas explosion

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