What makes cats so special? – Benefits of owning a cat
We all love and appreciate the unbelievable fluffiness of our beloved felines. They can be charming, playful and adorable, although sometimes a bit bipolar, and hyperactive. Nevertheless, they are a bundle of joy that makes our world a happy place. And that’s not the only thing that makes them special! Soon you’ll get more familiar with all the benefits of owning a cat and learn a lot more about our precious furry buddies.
I’m sure that most of us have had the pleasure of being in the company of a cat. Even though you might think you know a lot about them, there are still a lot of things I bet you haven’t heard of yet.
Cats bring you dead mice to tell you that you’re a bad hunter
You might have noticed how your cat has the habit of bringing you dead mice to your doorstep every once in a while. If you’re anything like me I’m sure that you find it a bit gross and confusing. What our cat is actually trying to tell us is that we are bad at hunting and that that’s how we’re supposed to catch a mouse. Our cat is giving us food as a present, so we don’t starve to death.
Cats have the habit of winking at us
You might sometimes notice your cat slowly closing and opening its eyes, or even winking at you. What this means is that it completely trusts you, and sees you as a friend. They are telling you that they are calm and relaxed. They also do this with other cats to tell them that there’s no need for fighting. This behavior of theirs means that the situation is cool and relaxed. However, if you do see something unusual about the way your cat blinks, or if it’s rubbing one or both eyes, then you might want to have that checked out at the vet right away.
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A cat’s purr helps heal bones and muscles
The cats purr is more than a sign of happy and calm state, since it has also been proven to have therapeutic abilities. This is especially true when it comes to healing human bones and muscle tissue. Scientists associate this phenomenon with the frequency of the cats’ purr vibrations, which is around 20 to 140 HZ. Many studies show that frequencies around 18 to 35 HZ have healing effects on people’s joints, bones and muscles.
They have a positive impact on your health, especially your mental health
We can especially see the benefits of owning a cat in people with anxieties. Cats are good at helping people cope with isolation and loneliness. They often help calm patients down and even help them with anxiety and depression. This is mainly because cats, and other animals in general boost our serotonin levels significantly and improve our mood. You can have the same positive effects just by watching cat videos. They also help decrease negative feelings and give you a positive boost to help you go on with your day and finish your daily tasks.
Your children will have less respiratory problems, infections, as well as less allergies
One of the most important benefits of owning a cat is that they help children fight off allergies and respiratory problems. A study conducted in both families with dogs and families with cats showed that they help toughen up a baby’s immune system. You can particularly see these benefits in the child’s first year. Children who are exposed to cat allergens are also better off at avoiding many other allergies. They have a much better sensitization to them, and are less likely to even develop any of them.
Cats help children with autism
Research found that autistic children who spent more time with cats and had frequent interactions with them, experienced amazing improvement in their condition. Parents also reported that their kids had formed strong attachments with the felines and had developed social skills that were quite difficult for children with autism to develop.
They are fun to be around
Aside from all the benefits of owning a cat we cannot avoid to mention that cats are amazing and wonderful creatures that are always up for some fun and games. In fact they sometimes spend their whole day just playing, purring and snoozing- ooh what a wonderful life that is… They are all just bundles of joy that you can’t wait to be around. They make us laugh, fill our lives with love, and make for great companions.
If you already have a cat, then you know what I’m talking about, and if not- hurry, adopt a furry little friend and see how your life changes for the better.
About the author
Katerina Krstova is an article and content writer. She writes about medicine & health, fitness & healthy lifestyle, life in the big city, popular travel destinations, and more. When she’s not writing, she likes to travel and explore new places, spend time with her friends, watch movies and go on hikes with her dogs.