Kitten owners know how much joy and happiness these cute, often boisterous little animals bring to your life. As well as being the perfect companion and a cute antidote to loneliness, research shows that cat ownership has many positive benefits.
They have an impact on wellbeing, mental wellbeing and health. We show you how:
1. Cats reduce stress and anxiety
Research shows that having a cat around releases substances in the body that reduce stress. Petting a cat increases the release of happiness hormones, while stress hormone production is reduced.
2. Purring is healing
It produces vibrations between 20-140 Hz, and studies have shown that frequencies in the 18-35 Hz range are good for joint mobility, promote healing and health of bones, tendons and muscles, and relaxes.
3. Cats are good for the heart
Because cats have a positive effect on stress levels, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease in cat owners is correspondingly reduced. Cat owners are about 30 per cent less likely to suffer from various heart diseases, as well as stroke. They also have a positive effect on blood pressure.
4. Cats reduce the risk of allergy symptoms in children
In 2002, a National Institutes of Health study showed that children under one year of age who grew up with cats were less likely to develop allergies. In addition, contact with pets at an early age greatly reduces not only pet allergies but also allergies to dust mites and ragweed, for example.
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Children who grow up in close contact with cats can also enjoy other benefits. For example, cats have a positive effect on children’s personality development. They quickly learn responsibility and develop a higher level of social competence.
5. Cats have very sensitive senses
Cats seem to have very fine antennae for judging how we are. They simply sense things. So they can tell when we’re not feeling well or when we’re sick. There are many stories that when the owner was in pain, the cat would lie down near the source of the pain.
6. Cats can also be therapists
Because of their positive effects on humans, cats are also used for therapy. For example, therapy cats can help elderly people with dementia or children with attention deficit. They make the patient feel good and reduce the feeling of loneliness.
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Therapy cats do not receive any special training. Of course, it does not hurt if the cat is people-friendly and open to strangers.