Cats are a very popular type of pet, just behind dogs. People who are inclined toward adopting a cat tend to be more introverted and more susceptible to anxiety and depression than other people.
There is also a strong link between people who want a dog and these things, though it is less so than among cat people.
However, various studies have shown that depression, anxiety, and stress melt away in these people when they buy themselves a cat. This is because cat ownership can be very therapeutic.
This post will now address all of the benefits of owning a cat, including reduced depression and anxiety, in more detail.
Cats are arguably some of the easiest pets to own.
They aren’t expensive, and they basically look after themselves. However, while cats themselves aren’t expensive (or particularly difficult to maintain), veterinary bills can be extortionate.
For this reason, if you plan on buying yourself a cat, then it is also good to take out a cat insurance policy so that you are able to afford care for your pet if they ever get injured, sick, or ill.
It is also worth noting that despite how common it is for people to have outdoor cats, if you want yours to live a long life and avoid injury and illness, then you should keep them indoors.
Indoor cats tend to live a lot longer than outdoor ones, not to mention they experience fewer health problems.
As referenced in the introduction to this post, people who own cats, while more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression before cat ownership, are less likely to when they own a cat.
The reason for this is that cat ownership is very therapeutic.
Having a purring cat sitting on one’s chest can cause the release of positive hormones in the brain, which regulate, and improve one’s mood.
Studies have shown that people who are exposed to cats more often are less likely to suffer from any kind of stress.
When you own a cat, you are less likely to suffer from feelings of loneliness.
The reason for this is that you will always have a furry friend there to check up on you.
Cats are very good at telling when people aren’t feeling very well.
It is very common for cats to come to the side of owners who are sad to comfort them.
Cats are great company. However, it should be said that cats are notorious for hanging out on their own for most of the day.
If you need constant comfort, then a dog is probably a better option for you.
Some studies have found that young people who’re exposed to cats from a young age are significantly less likely to develop allergies than their peers who weren’t.
It should be stated, though, some people are allergic to cats.
If you are allergic to cats, then trying to get one could cause a lot of problems.
Constantly having to take antihistamines in order to regulate your allergies will likely make your life very difficult to live.
Who wants to have to take pills every day?
Make sure that you check yourself for cat allergies before buying one, so that you don’t have to then rehome it.
People who own cats are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular events, like heart attacks, than people who don’t.
Scientists believe that this is because of the therapeutic and relaxing nature of cats, and in particular, purring.
As mentioned earlier, when a cat sits on your chest and begins purring, it can be a very relaxing experience.
It can release positive hormones and chemicals in your brain, which improve your mood.
If cardiovascular health is a concern for you, then it is definitely worth buying yourself a cat.
Boosting Immune System
The body’s immune system needs to be kept in good condition at all times.
If your immune system doesn’t work properly, then you won’t be able to fight off viruses and infections as effectively. This could lead to you developing some serious health problems.
Cat ownership, amazingly, has been linked with a boost in the human immune system.
Scientists believe, again, that this is due to the therapeutic nature of cats.
They can also improve the human immune system by exposing humans to bacteria, which can improve the human microbiome.
Be sure to help your cat’s immunity to grow in return, by feeding them high-quality food.
Cat ownership is linked with a broad range of benefits.
If you were planning on getting a cat before this article, then you’re probably even more determined to now.
If you are adopting a cat, make sure that you get your cat insurance, and ensure they get fed a healthy diet. Never compromise on the quality of your cat’s food.