Sure, our feline friends are fuzzy and adorable. But when it comes to enhancing our quality of life, they do a whole lot more than you might think. Behold…
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1. They Bring The Laughs
Whether cats are making goofy faces, bouncing off furniture, or frantically chasing the moving red dot from our laser pointers, they’re consistently hilarious. And laughter lowers our cortisol levels, making us happier. Pretty sweet deal.
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2. They Remind Us To Nap
Naps can enhance productivity, mood, and cognitive function. And since our furry pals are nap experts, consider joining them for a little afternoon shut-eye.
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3. They Decrease Our Heart Attack Risk
The University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute has found that people who don’t own kitties are up to 40% more likely to die of heart disease.
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4. They’re Immunity Boosters
Exposure to low levels of fur and pet dander can increase our resistance to allergens. So long, antihistamines!
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5. They Live In the Moment
Do you know what a cat’s thinking about when they look out the window for an hour? The view, and nothing more. Take a page out of their book – it’ll help you appreciate the here and now.
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6. They Can Assist People With Autism
Studies have shown that autistic adults and children who’ve bonded with therapy animals see improvements in communication and socialization.
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7. They Give Us Structure
Caring for a cat (feeding, playtime, etc…) adds routine and responsibility to our lives, which helps keep us grounded and productive.
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8. They Lower Our Stroke Risk
Research says cat owners are less likely to suffer a stroke. The reason is simple: they’re soothing, low-maintenance companions.
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9. They Increase Attractiveness (Particularly For The Fellas)
A recent study concluded women are more attracted to men who own cats. The reason? Feline ownership make them appear more intelligent and sensitive.
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10. Their Purring Lowers Our Stress
The vibration from a purring kitty can dramatically lower our stress – and even our blood pressure. Is it due to science? Love? Magic? A combination of all three? We'll let you decide.