Reasons to Own a Cat

 Reasons to Own a Cat

Why You Should Own A Cat

In the United States, cats are more popular than dogs, there are 88 million cats compared to 74 million dogs. The furry feline creatures are great to have as pets; here are seven examples why;

  • Owning a pet comes with a ton of responsibilities, but cats are one of the most low-maintenance and independent pets that a person could own.
  • If you are planning to get a cat, consider getting two of them. They will entertain and play with one another, so even if you have to work long hours, they’ll have one another.
  • Cats are not demanding creatures. In fact, they sleep anywhere from 16-20 hours each day.
  • Unlike dogs, cats are not attention seekers. They like to keep to themselves and will rarely bother their owners. You don’t need to take them out for walks, play with them, or pet them as often as you do a dog. In short, a cat will accommodate your busy schedule like no other.
  • A study conducted by the University of Minnesota in 2008 revealed that owning a cat reduces stress and anxiety, thus bringing down the risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, the chances of having a heart attack are reduced by 40 percent if you have a cat.
  • A cat’s purr is not only comforting for its owner, but also a purr has healing powers. The vibrations, which range from 20 to 140 Hz, has been found to lower blood pressure, promote bone strength, heal muscle and ligament injuries, and decrease symptoms of dyspnea.
  • If you need emotional support, you can count on your feline friend. “With a pet, you can just feel,” according to psychologist Teri Wright on WebMD. “You don’t have to worry about hurting your pet’s feelings or getting advice you don’t want.”
  • Cats are neat freaks. Yes, they like to groom themselves and always stay clean. Regular bathing is definitely not necessary, making it one less responsibility for a cat owner.
  • Cats are neat freaks. Yes, they like to groom themselves and always stay clean. Regular bathing is definitely not necessary, making it one less responsibility for a cat owner.
  • Cats instinctively prey on rats, mice and other rodents. While they can’t completely control a pest issue, they can be of help. In fact, a number of Humane Societies around the United States participate in the Working Cats program in which feral cats find homes in barns and businesses in need of pest control where the kitties can do what comes naturally – hunt.
  • Cats leave a smaller carbon paw print than dogs. According to New Zealand-based architects Robert and Brenda Vale’s book Time to Eat the Dog: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living, a cat’s eco-footprint is roughly that of a Volkswagen Golf, while a dog’s is nearly equal to that of a Land Cruiser.
  • With cats around, the children of the household develop a strong immune system. According to researchers in Finland who reported in The Journal of Pediatrics, children are less likely to become ill with allergies and respiratory issues.
  • It’s a known fact that cats are hesitant to show affection, even toward their owners. But once a bond is formed, you’ll have a loyal friend for life.
  • Suffer from mild allergies? Well, you’re in luck. While there aren’t any domestic cats that are totally hypoallergenic, there are a number of cat breeds that are considered to be hypoallergenic including Oriental Shorthairs, Russian Blues, Siamese and Sphynx. Remember that the “hypo” in hypoallergenic means “low” and not “no.”
  • Even if you can’t own a cat, you can still benefit from felines online. A study conducted by researcher Jessica Gall Myrick at Indiana University’s Media School found that people who watched cat videos were “more energetic, felt more positive and had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness after watching cat-related online media than before. Myrick said, “Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward.”


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