6 Scientific Benefits of Caring for Cats

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Cats are a favorite pet besides dogs. Because of their small size, hairy, cute, and spoiled, cats become the right animals to accompany one’s day. Research has shown, just watching a cat video on the internet can increase one’s energy and create positive emotions.

So it’s no wonder that keeping a cat can have several benefits.

Quoted from mentalflos, Sunday (09/22/2019) here are 6 benefits if someone becomes a cat owner.

1. Good for the Surrounding Environment
A 2009 study found that the resources needed to feed a dog during its lifetime created the same footprints as a car or were very dirty.

Meanwhile, cats – who eat less in general and are more likely to eat fish than products that smell of corn or beef, do not leave as much feces as dogs.

2. The Cat Owner is a Smart Person
A 2010 survey of British pet owners by the University of Bristol found that people who have cats are more likely to have a college degree than their dog-like counterparts. In 2014, a researcher in Wisconsin surveyed 600 students and found that cat owners are smarter.

But it might not be the cats themselves that make their owners smarter, researchers who surveyed Bristol say, smarter people tend to work longer hours, and because cats don’t need attention than dogs, they are a better choice for busy intellectuals.

3. Cat Owners Have a Healthy Heart
Having any pet is good for someone’s heart. Cats, in particular, reduce a person’s stress level – maybe because they don’t need more attention and effort like taking care of a dog – and reduce the amount of anxiety in a person’s life.

Stroking a cat has a positive calming effect. One study found that over 10 years, cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners (although this might only be because cat owners are more relaxed and have lower stress in general).

4. Keeping Cats Equivalent to Have a Romantic Partner
Information that dogs love their owners more than cats is just a stereotype. It turns out that cats can be as good friends as dogs, especially for women.

A study in Austria conducted in 2003 found that having a cat at home is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. In addition to frequent contact, research shows cats will remember the kindness shown to them and can return the favor.

But cats have an edge in this relationship. After thousands of years of domestication, cats have learned how to make half-snoring or half-howling sounds that sound a lot like the cries of a human baby. And because the human brain is programmed to respond to the requests of the fur children, it is almost impossible to ignore what the cat wants when he demands it that way.

5. Sleep Cat Owners Are Calmer
Several studies and polls in the UK have found that people (especially women) prefer to sleep with their cats than with their partners, and they even report sleeping better with cats than with humans.

A recent study from the Mayo Sleeping Medicine Clinic Center showed that 41 percent of people in the study indicated they slept better because of their pets, while only 20 percent said that it caused interference.

6. Cats Can Save Their Lives’ Life
Cats have a reputation of being lonely and do not care about humans, but they have saved many lives over the years. A cat in England warns humans when they are going to have an epileptic seizure, while a cat in Montana wakes up two humans when a gas pipe starts to leak.

Firefighters told the couple that the house could easily explode if it were not for cat intervention.

A cat has even received the highest medal available for military animals. Simon the cat was aboard the HMS Amethyst, which sailed the Yangtze in 1949 when a shell crashed into the ship, killing several marines and injuring Simon. The event marked the start of the 101-day siege of the ship, which would be known as the Yangtze Incident.

Simon was healed, and despite being injured, carried out his ship’s duties and began catching mice that threatened the ship, supplying food, and providing moral support for the surviving sailors. Simon died shortly after the ship returned to England, but he was posthumously awarded the British Dickin Medal, known as the Victoria Cross animal, for “supreme behavior.”

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