We all know the benefits of having pets. From helping children's education, to improving mental health and making great companions for the elderly, the list of benefits is endless. They even play a pivotal role in caring for those with dementia.
Despite scientists declaring that dogs are smarter than cats, the age old battle rages on, and it's usually dogs that get all the praise as the best pets. So, cats - now it's your turn!
Here are just some of the ways that owning a cat can help improve your quality of life:
They Lower The Risk Of Heart Disease
We've all seen the research that pets help to lower stress levels, and further studies have found that this can have a knock on effect to cardiovascular health.
Cats promote the release of Dopamine, the 'pleasure hormone', that helps boost mood and long-term memory. They also promote the release of Oxytocin, which is renowned for lowering heart rate and blood pressure, as well as relieving stress.
So, in short, cats could help you live longer. Need we say more...
Purring Helps Heal Bones, Tendons And Muscles
As well as being comforting and a sign that they're happy, the sound of cats purring has long been associated with healing human bones and muscle tissue.
Apparently it's all to do with the frequency of purr vibrations, which are typically 20-140 HZ. Whilst that means absolutely nothing to us, it's said to have a positive effect on joint mobility, with scientists currently working on ways to implement the positive effects of a cat's purr into therapy.
So, who knows, you could soon be referred to the 'cat clinic' (we wouldn't say no!).
They Help Children Avoid Infection
Whilst it's not one of the benefits that we hear of often, cats have been known to help children battle infection, and can help prevent respiratory infections.
Research has found that contact with cats in the first year of a baby's life can help to toughen their immune system, ultimately enabling them to fight off infection.
Studies also found that the effects were long lasting, providing defence against childhood illness later on in life.
Cats Also Help Combat Allergies
We're all guilty of being overprotective when it comes to our children, often falling for the allusion that cleaner is better.
That's not the case, however, as multiple studies have found that those exposed to allergens are likely to become desensitised.
Obviously, with severe allergies it's totally different, but introducing your children to cats at a young age could potentially prevent any future allergies developing.
They've Been Known To Help Children With Autism
Pets have a significant effect on children's development, and a study from the University of Missouri has found that children with autism developed stronger social skills when around pets.
Speaking of the benefits of cats for children with autism, Gretchen Carlisle from the Research Centre for Human-Animal Interaction said:
"These kinds of social skills typically are difficult for kids with autism... but this study showed children’s assertiveness was greater if they lived with a pet."
Who Needs A Reason Anyway...
We can tell you why cats are great until we're blue in the face, but do we even need to bother?
What could be better?
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