Science says get a cat to be healthier and happier

Benefits of getting a cat as a pet

If you’re interested in learning what science says about the benefits of keeping a kitty around your home, here are some proven facts:

Cats can help calm your anxiety

Sure, it is hard to believe right? Quite understandable! But the truth is that science has proven that cats help calm anxiety issues in their owners.

Cats can help improve your sleep quality

You may not think in this direction as your cat tends to make noise all night and wake you up at the crack of dawn before breakfast.

Cats can take away loneliness

Pets generally can make great companions, and science has shown that having cats around you helps to reduce feelings of loneness and seclusion in your life.

Cats can help improve mental health

As a cat owner, you would have noticed how your cat makes you happy. Scientific studies have confirmed that cat owners are more psychologically healthy than people living without pets. The people living with pets are reported to be happier, less nervous, and more confident.

Cats are highly entertaining

If you’ve ever played with a frisky cat, you would know just how entertaining they can be. Cats are natural hunters and they have fierce drives for prey. So with just a feather, a ball, or a piece of string, you can have your cat jumping, chasing, and pouncing for hours.

Cats can help improve your social life

A lot of people believe that “crazy cat ladies” are not friendly, but research has debunked that myth. In fact, multiple studies have shown that cat owners trust and like people more than non-pet owners. In other words, owning a cat can help make you more socially sensitive.

Cats can encourage you to take a nap

Taking naps is one recommended self-care practice that many people do not observe. However, cats have been studied to sleep around 16 hours every day.

Cats can help you fight off depression

Cats offer lots of medical benefits and owning one is a good way to support your physical and mental health.

Cats lower your risk of a stroke

Many studies have shown that cat owners have a greatly reduced risk of having cardiovascular diseases, including strokes and heart attacks.

Cats can lower your triglycerides and cholesterol levels

The same 2009 study above showed that having cats as a pet helps to lower your cholesterol and triglycerides. Researchers also discovered that getting a cat was more effective at bringing high cholesterol levels in patients into a normal range than using medications.

Cats can help you fight off asthma and allergies

Cats may not do much for existing allergies in adults, but if you want your children to be free from these allergies, get a cat.

Cats can help improve your muscle injuries and bone health

When you cuddle with your cat, you have a higher chance to recover faster from a bone or muscle injury or a minor wound.

Cats can help you live longer

You might have observed that most cat owners live longer than those who do not have feline friends in their lives. This is not far-fetched looking at all those benefits highlighted above. This means you have plenty of time to continue enjoying good health as a cat lover.


Getting a cat, no doubt offers huge benefits that keep you healthier and happier. And even if you’re avoiding the commitment to keep a cat, a study from the University of Indiana showed that watching cat videos helped people get instant energy and mood boost, clearing negative feelings throughout the day.

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