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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