Who doesn’t love having a pet in their lives?
Whether it’s a dog or a cat, having someone around to share your life can make living a whole lot more enjoyable.
You have someone to talk to, someone to play with, and someone who needs you to take care of them.
But did you know that having pets is excellent for your health? Cats, in particular, offer a wide range of health benefits to their owners, including:
1. They Promote Healing
When you hear the sound of a cat purring, you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, just like they do. But according to Leslie A. Lyons, an assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, cats can actually speed up healing.
See, cats purr at a specific frequency–somewhere in the 25 to 150 Hertz range. This range of frequencies has been proven to promote healing and may also help to increase bone density as well. If you are recovering from a surgery or an injury, having a cat on your lap is one of the best forms of therapy! The sound of their purr can help you heal all the way to your bones.
2. They Help Control Blood Pressure
According to WebMD, cats (and dogs, of course) are excellent to help you reduce the stress in your life and control your blood pressure.
In one study, 240 married couples were examined. Of the participants, the pet owners not only had lower blood pressure, but their resting heart rates were lower as well. Their heart rates remained lower even when they were subjected to stress tests.
Giving your pet affection has been proven to help lower blood pressure as well, so it’s a good idea to spend time stroking your cat.
3. Your Heart Will Love Them
Did you know that pets can help you to have a healthier heart? We’re not just talking emotionally, but physically as well!
In one study, people who never owned a cat had a 30% higher chance of dying from heart attacks than those who had owned pets at some point in their lives(1).
Pet owners have a much lower rate of death from cardiac attacks than non-pet owners, and they tend to be healthier in regards to the condition of their heart(2).
4. They’re Good for Your Kids
Not only do cats help to encourage your children to be friendlier and more careful in their interactions, but you will find that they will benefit your children’s health in the long run.
In an article published in 2014, the chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center stated that having a cat reduces a child’s risk of developing allergies(3).
The more allergens (such as cat hair) children are exposed to at a young age, the less likely they are to become allergic to them as they grow older. Roughly 41% of the children who were free of allergies grew up in homes with pets, but only 8% of children with allergies had been exposed to pets (and their accompanying allergens) at a young age.
5. They Make You More Optimistic
You should know by now that being isolated or lonely can be just as bad for your health as being overweight or smoking. Thankfully, pets can help to combat that problem!
In at least one study published in 1994, pet ownership was proven to decrease loneliness(4). If you feel like you’re alone in the world, there’s nothing to pull you out of that funk like having a cat in your life!