Get a cat! You may be surprised to know that there are healthy side effects that come along with owning a cat… and you thought cat owners bring these furry, four-legged friends into the home for sheer companionship. Scientists are increasingly proving what all cat owners have known for years -- cats can be good for us. Here's how...
1. They protect your heart. Researchers at the University of Minnesota looked at nearly 4,500 people and found that cat owners enjoyed a 40% lower risk of having a heart attack and a 30% lower risk of dying from heart disease. The heart-healthy pay-off appears to be from cats' stress-lowering ‘talent’.
2. They help you connect and build trust. A French study showed the stress-lowering hormone oxytocin (commonly called the love hormone) helped mildly autistic children and adults feel calmer and socialize more easily. Triggered by touch, researchers say petting your cat works to increase oxytocin, and in turn, feelings of trust, love, and connection with others.
3. They boost your immune system. According to a Loma Linda University study, cats can boost your levels of disease-fighting immunoglobulins by 14 percent. How? Because they are so great at making us laugh! (Cat owners know watching cats play is a laugh producing experience)… and laughing triggers the production of these powerful immunoglobulins.
4. These ease loneliness. A UK study found recently widowed people showed fewer physical symptoms, such as crying, if they owned a pet. Additionally, researchers from the University of Miami found that pet owners feel less lonely because a pet serves as a social support. Interestingly, some people said there are times when they prefer to talk to their pets more than other people! (Go figure!)!
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