Owning a Cat Can Reduce Stress

Socks and Inti

We all have such busy lives. One way to reduce stress is to love a cat. It’s good for you. It’s good for the cat.

Let me count the ways… (Scott, 2015)
1. Cats can improve your mood. Think of how restful a cat’s purr sounds. Feel her soft fur beneath your fingers. Petting a cat is beneficial for both you and the cat.
2. Cats can help fight loneliness by providing unconditional love.
3. Cats can help reduce blood pressure.

The health benefits of owning a cat is backed up by scientific studies. Researchers extracted data on 3,435 Americans aged 30 to 75, from the second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study that took place from 1976 to 1980. 2,435 of the participants were current or former cat owners, while the remaining 2,000 had never had a cat. During the 10 year follow-up period, the cat owners had a 30% lower risk of heart attack than non-cat owners (MNT, 2008).

Is it time for you to adopt a cat? One is waiting for you at your local pet rescue shelter.

Scott, Elizabeth (2015). How Owning a Cat or Dog Can Reduce Stress.

MNT (2008). Cat Owners Have a Lower Heart Attack Risk, Study. http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/petsandstress.htm


2 thoughts on “Owning a Cat Can Reduce Stress

  1. Hey Sandra. This seems personal and fun. I would really have liked to hear about you and your cats (I’m assuming those are your kittens in the picture). And I would link resources for people to adopt cats or at least give names of place or organizations they can go to adopt a cuddly friend.

  2. Hi Sandra, I love the way you’ve linked health to cats. I’m not a cat lover, but I can see the health benefits with owning cat. We have a stray cat who roams around our backyard and my son seems to feed it, give it water and talk to it when he sees the cat… he’s even given it a name, so I guess my son has unofficially adopted the cat! I agree with Bryanna above, I would like names of places and/or organization where one can adopt a cat or take it in for health services (vaccines, grooming, etc.).

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