When you adopt a cat into your home, you are getting much more than simply a pet. You are getting a life changing experience. Your cat will occupy a place in your heart unlike any other relationship you have. And it is not all for simple fun or entertainment. Studies have shown that owning a cat actually has enormous benefits for your physical and mental health as well, which arguably affect one another.
Cats have statistically been found to increase cat owner’s mental health by giving them purpose and affection. Cases of mental disorders and addiction problems have been shown to decrease through caring for a cat. Having a cat as a pet can reduce stress, lighten tension and create happiness within a person. They can give them a much needed sense of purpose and relationship. In a world that is deeply immersed in conflict and expectations, this is invaluable.
The physical health benefits that cats give their owners are also remarkable. The positive mental health benefits that cats give their owners have an effect on things such as blood pressure, heart health and longevity. A person’s blood pressure is reduced by being in the company of a cat and giving it affection. Medical scientists are still studying exactly what the correlation is there. Heart health is increased because a person’s circulation improves through interacting with their cat, as well as through the positive energy they derive from their relationship with their cat. And caring for an animal has been shown to increase longevity in people.
Many people think of owning a cat as merely a source of entertainment, when it is actually an enriching, complex and rewarding relationship on many levels. When you work to earn a cat’s trust and affection, you will have a reliable friend in your cat that will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. If you are seeking a lovable companion animal, consider a feline.