Other than our endless love for cats, we’re constantly looking for reasons to justify living with them. So many people don’t like cats so we’re forced to try and reason with said individuals about the benefits of our feline friends. But did you know that having a cat is actually beneficial to your health? Read more to find out how!
#1 – Heart Health
Owning any pet has been found to reduce stress in our lives, but owning a cat in particular seems to be the top pet for stress reduction. The reduced anxiety and stress proves to be beneficial to our heart health. In fact, a study done by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis followed 4,000 Americans over 10 years to find that cat owners are 30% less likely to die of a stroke or heart attack than others.
#2 – Reduced Risk of Child Allergies
A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that children exposed to cats before one year of age were less likely to develop allergies later in life than those who lived in much cleaner environments. So parents, fear not! Let your felines hang out with your babies.
#3 – Purring Heals Muscles & Bones
This might sound crazy, but it’s true. Vibration therapy is often used to strengthen bones and muscles that have been injured or are failing in health. A cat’s purring creates vibrations around 20-140 Hz, which is the ideal range for strengthening bones and muscles.