- CAT LOVERS MAY BE SMARTER AND MORE SENSITIVE. Practice your best humble brag because a 2014 study found that those who identify as cat lovers are more introverted, yes, but also more open-minded and sensitive than dog lovers. Cat lovers also scored higher in intelligence than a canine's companions.
- THEY HELP US STRESS LESS. Feeling anxious? You might want to pencil in an extended petting session tonight. The act of petting your cat releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone or "cuddle chemical," which can make you feel less stressed, says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and author of The Stress-Proof Brain.
- THEY'RE GOOD FOR YOUR TICKER. In fact, in a study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, researchers noticed a link between cat ownership and a decreased risk of dying from heart attack or stroke. Even the sound of your cat's purr can calm your nerves and lower your blood pressure.
- THEY KEEP LONELINESS AT BAY. One of the best things a cat can provide is simple: companionship. “People are a little more disconnected these days,” Greenberg says. “And research shows that loneliness is a big factor for all kinds of diseases.” For example, one recent study linked loneliness to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
- THEY MAY PREVENT ALLERGIES. According to a study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, teens who were exposed to cats during their first year of life were less likely to develop an allergy to fur babies as a result. “The theory is that by giving the immune system something natural to work on, it develops in a healthy, normal manner and isn’t always overreacting to non-dangerous stimuli,” says Haworth.
- THEY'RE LESS EXPENSIVE THAN DOGS. It's not all about mental or physical health — cats are better for your finances, too. According to the ASPCA, owning a furry feline, instead of a pup can save you about $300 to $800 a year.
People are increasingly discovering that pets provide them with emotional and physical health benefits, according to former AVMA President Dr. Douglas Aspros, and it is likely the stereotype of the "crazy cat lady" may soon be a thing of the past. Petting cats releases oxytocin, making people feel less stressed; the sound of a cat's purr can lower blood pressure; cat owners have less risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke; cats' companionship can reduce loneliness; and exposure early in life may prevent later pet allergies.
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Source: nbcnews.com / Christina Heiser
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