Studies have shown that just watching cat videos on the internet can create positive emotions—so it’s no surprise that being ‘happily owned’ by a cat 🙂 has a number of benefits. Here are just a few…
CATS HELP YOU COPE …
Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly, and show less physical symptoms of pain, like crying. Despite the fact that they are only animals, cats serve as a social support during difficult times.
CATS HELP YOU FIND A SIGNIFICANT OTHER.
If you’re a single guy and you can’t seem to get a date, get a cat! A British poll found that 82 percent of women agreed they are more attracted to men who like animals. And while having a dog will do wonders for your dating life, a whopping 90 percent of single women said that men who own a cat are nicer than other guys.
CATS FULFILL YOUR NEED FOR COMPANIONSHIP.
The stereotype that dogs are more affectionate than cats is just that: a stereotype. An Austrian study conducted in 2003 found that having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. But cats really do have the upper hand in these relationships. After thousands of years of domestication, cats have learned how to make a half purr/half howl noise that sounds remarkably like a human baby’s cry. Since our brains are programmed to respond to our children’s distress, it is almost impossible to ignore what a cat wants when it demands it like that. Cats will remember kindness shown to them and return the favor later.
CATS HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER.
CAT PEOPLE ARE SMART.
A 2010 survey of British pet owners by the University of Bristol found that people who love cats were more likely to have college degrees than their dog loving counterparts. The researchers conducting the Bristol survey said that smarter people tend to work longer hours, and since cats require less attention than dogs, they are a better choice for the busy intellectual.
CAT PEOPLE HAVE HEALTHIER HEARTS.
Cats in particular lower your stress level—possibly since they don’t require as much effort as dogs—and lower the amount of anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive calming effect.