The joys and benefits of having a cat & why you should get one!

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They’re fluffy, independent, weird and the internet loves them!
Having a pet is such a magical thing and they truly do become a family member. I don’t know where to begin describing the eternal love and joy our cat gives us, it’s impossible to put into words.. Just look at the cutest little fluffy ball! ♥

I think he loves to cuddle as much as we do (but only on his premises of course, because he’s a cat, hehe).. His grey and white soft fur, his charming green eyes, and the excitement he shows us when we gets home are the best. Besides his cute looks and charming personality, there’s lots of benefits to get a cat, some is even scientifically proven. However, if you do decide to get a cat (or any pet!), I would suggest adopting. Adopting a cat is the best thing you can do; not only will you gain a companion, but you’ll save a life too. Just keep in mind when you adopt, you normally pay a small fee, which usually helps to cover the costs of necessary shots, micro chipping, and sterilization – it’s a win-wine for both parties!

Here are some great reasons why you should get a cat;

Overall improved well-being
Having a cat can improve your overall mood, help with depression, and reduce loneliness. A study conducted by National Center for Biotechnology Information found that spending time with a cat can increase the hormone Oxytocin (also referred to as “the cuddle chemical), which led to an increased sense of well-being. It was also found that playing with cats can increase serotonin and dopamine levels in human beings, the two chemicals responsible for regulating mood orders such as depression. It’s also been argued that the most important part of cat ownership is companionship, especially among the elderly and people living alone.

They reduce stress and anxiety
Owning a cat has been associated with a reduction in stress, anxiety and high blood pressure. Studies have shown that having a cat around can actually trigger the release of calming chemicals in your body, which lowers your stress and anxiety level. Furthermore, it was found that people interacting with animals improved people’s social behavior, interpersonal interactions, and improvement of overall physical and mental health, especially cardiovascular diseases.

Purring helps to heal bones, tendons and muscles
A cat purring is one of the most relaxing sounds in the world in my opinion and while it usually indicate your cat is happy and comfortable, the sound has also been long associated with therapeutic healing ability on human bones and muscles. Previous research has also shown that purring can have a positive affect on joint mobility after injury.

You’ll sleep better
From my personal experience, I sleep better when our cat is around us. It could be as simple as me taking a nap on the couch with my cat purring next to me. A study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine indicates that they’re might be something to it; 41 % of people in the study indicated they slept better with their cat nearby. Improved sleep and animals was also linked to a greater sense of security, warmth and comfort and improved emotional bond.

They may reduce the risk of allergies and asthma (especially in younger children)
Several studies has found a link between developing allergies and have a pet. National Institute of Healthy completed a study indicating that children raised in household with pets during the first year of life may be less likely to develop allergies compared with children raised without pets. It furthermore indicated that high pet exposure in early life appears to not only protect against pet allergy, but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy to dust mites, ragweed and grass.

Sure, they’re mischievous at times and while they love to lay across your keyboard/book or maybe smack your things of the table for no reason (😂), but they’re also super fun to play with, independent, curious, and fiercely loyal – simply a friend for life!

Do you have a pet, and what are some of the benefits you’ve noticed? 🙂

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