PSA: Owning a Cat Can Make You Live Longer

I own four animals, two of them being cats, and plan on always having some purr-bodies in my life. Turns out, aside from keeping me company and (somewhat) sane in my 20’s, owning cats can come with some legitimate health benefits!

Cats Reduce Stress & Anxiety

As well all know, having a lot of stress can be hard on your body. Fun Fact: studies have shown that the simple act of petting a cat can actually lower our stress levels. So before you rush to quit your job after a hard day, consider adopting a kitty for some stress relief!

Cats Lower the Risk of Strokes & Heart Attacks

High levels of stress have a tendency to cause high blood pressure. In turn, this can lead to a higher risk of a stroke or heart attack. By owning a cat, you reduce your risk of these by a third! So you are potentially adding years to your life by owning a cat. Crazy, right?

Cats Lead to Better Sleep/Mood

Who wouldn’t want a soft little ball of fur cuddled up next to them while they sleep? My two kitties sleep with me almost every night. One is usually by my side, the other on my pillow next to my head or in between my legs.

There was even a study done that showed 41% of people who slept with a pet in bed with them slept better than those who didn’t.

Cats Boost Your Immunity

Of course, cat ownership means your house (and your clothes, and your furniture, and everything else you own) will have cat hair on it. While this isn’t usually a plus for anyone, being exposed to pet dander and hair can actually boost your immune system and make you less likely to have allergies later on in life. If you already have a cat-allergy, it unfortunately won’t help you. But if you don’t, there’s no better time to start boosting your immunity!

Cats Give You a Fur-ever Friend

This is pretty obvious, but owning a cat gives you great companionship. I’m one of those millennials who prefers to live alone, so having pets is my version of having roommates. I get home from work and my animals always greet me at the door (I swear my cats think they’re dogs)! I can sit on the couch, eat dinner, watching TV, and never be lonely thanks to the warm fur-bodies next to me.

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13 Comments

  1. January 31, 2019 / 3:46 pm

    This is so interesting! I never knew this.

    • emily
      January 31, 2019 / 4:02 pm

      It really is! So glad you enjoyed xoxo

  2. January 31, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    I loved having my cats. It helped so much with my stress levels just to be able to stroke them and have them around. Also having something else to care for helps a lot too.

    • emily
      January 31, 2019 / 4:02 pm

      It has helped me tremendously with my stress levels, too! You can’t be upset with a purring kitten in your lap! xoxo

      • Kat
        January 31, 2019 / 4:30 pm

        My cat has been with me for so long now, I can’t imagine not having her. She is definitely a stress reliever.

        • emily
          January 31, 2019 / 4:54 pm

          I’m right there with you! I’ve had cats forever and can’t see myself ever surviving without one in my life! xoxo

  3. Kat
    January 31, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    My cat is definitely a stress reliever. All she wants is to cuddle, so it is a great break from work to just be with her.

  4. January 31, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    This is the cutest blog post ever, and as a happy owner of two cats I can agree with all of that! 🙂

    • emily
      January 31, 2019 / 6:20 pm

      you are too sweet! xoxo

  5. January 31, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    Love it! So, owning like 12 cats should be even better, right? Maybe I’ll stick to my two for now 😉

    • emily
      January 31, 2019 / 9:16 pm

      That’s what I’m telling myself! I’m at two, might as well get a third 😉 xoxo

  6. February 1, 2019 / 1:32 am

    I’ve never own a cat but this is super interesting, I’ve always thought they were moody creatures. It is good to learn from the perspective of a cat parent

    • emily
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      February 1, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      They can definitely be moody haha! But finding the right cat is amazing and definitely life changing!

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