I will try to make this as unbiased as possible. That being said, I do not own a pet. I have 2 young kids. Our son is 5 and daughter is 2. They present enough challenges, but everyone knows that pet ownership comes with a boatload of responsibility. However, what you might not know is owning a pet provides healthy perks as well. June is Adopt-A-Cat month and we are going to look at ways a cat can improve your life.
Reduce stress and anxiety
Cuddling with a feline friend can release soothing, happy chemicals in your body and distract you from any worries you might have. Since cats are relatively low maintenance and usually have a short attention span, quality time with your cat is powerful. Even a few short minutes can reduce your stress and anxiety in a big way.
Boosts your mood
Who doesn’t love the spunkiness a cat brings to the table (or in some cases ON the table)? If the cuddles don't lift your spirits, their playfulness certainly will. Cats are pretty simple. They are able to take the most unexpected item (a plastic cap, a feather) and make it a source of entertainment for hours.
Owning and connecting with a cat is a great conversation starter. No matter what type of function or event you are attending, pet ownership can be a way to bond with other people.
Having a feline companion can help relieve feelings of loneliness. Especially if you live alone, being greeted by a cat is much more desirable than coming home to an empty house.
Reduce allergies and boosts immunity
Exposure to pet fur and dander can result in an increased resistance to allergies. Owning a cat reduces the risk of depression while also promoting socialization, playfulness, and laughter - which all works to help your immune system function better.
Reduce medical expenses
The calming presence of a cat can lend itself to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and ultimately reduced medical expenses. More and more stories are surfacing about how a cat sensed their owner was about to have a seizure and able to alert them before the episode.
Recover from trauma or grief
Difficult times or mourning is hard on its. When someone talks to their pet, coupled with petting, can help them work through what’s ailing them. It might seem weird to talk to a pet, but it’s much easier to talk to someone that will listen and isn’t capable of judgement like humans are.
Much like massage, owning a cat promotes relaxation. A simple snuggle with your cat can trigger feelings of happiness and love. This can also lead to better sleep habits and quality rest.
You might be questioning if you’re cut out for cats. It doesn’t matter if you’ve always fancied yourself as a dog lover, the companionship (and health benefits!) you experience by owning a cat is hard to compete with. If you think you have room for a feline friend in your life, check out a local shelter to see if you connect with a pet that’ll bring you much happiness and love.