As a cat owner, I’m probably biased — but cats are, like, the best animals ever.
And look, I’ve always had no less than three cats since I was a toddler, so you can imagine that I often get called a “crazy cat lady.” But hey, I’ll wear that badge with pride!
As it turns out, being a crazy cat lady has its perks. Besides the constant snuggles and head boops, cats also provide plenty of health benefits, too.
Read on to see why you should be a “crazy cat lady,” too!
Animal lovers are compassionate people. After all, you’re caring for someone other than yourself, and prioritizing your kitty’s needs.
Studies show that children who grow up with a family pet grow up to be more emotionally intelligent and compassionate. After all, they learn at an early age how to care for and nurture a dependent animal. These are the kinds of life lessons that they will carry for the rest of their lives!
As a cat owner, you are probably already aware of how your cat makes you feel when they cuddle.
Simply put, cat snuggles and cuddles can make you feel nice and relaxed, right? It actually causes your body to release serotonin, which affects your mood, happiness level, and even reduces anxiety. Some researchers believe that cuddling your cat can also reduce cortisol production, which is linked to stress.
Sure, they’re good for your heart emotionally, but did you know that cats are also good for your heart physically? In fact, research suggests that owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third!
As you relax with your cat, you’re actually lowering your blood pressure and reducing your heart rate. This, paired with the reduced anxiety and stress mentioned above, means that your cat is protecting against heart disease.
Now, I’m not saying that cats are a cure-all… but your cat might also be helping you fight insomnia. If you’re finding it hard to fall asleep at night, a cat might be the purr-fect cure.
It all comes back to how your kitty helps you feel happier and more relaxed. According to researchers from the Mayo Clinic, your cat making you feel happier and more relaxed at bedtime will help you fall asleep.
Cats are clearly the cause of some people’s stuffy noses. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies. However, cats might also be able to reduce allergies for some.
Studies show that children growing up in a home with a cat tend to have fewer allergies as they grow up.
Look, it comes back around to how cats make you feel good and relaxed (again). Cats can cause your body to create oxytocin, the “feel-good” chemical that helps you feel calm. It’s kind of like a “hormone of attachment” — when you feel attached to something, it helps you feel less depressed.
On top of that, it’s just nice to have a cat around to spend time with. Especially for those who live by themselves, a cat can provide loving companionship that helps you feel less alone.