Is your cat good for your health?

Cute cat enjoying himself outdoorsIf you’re a cat owner, you know all too well how a kitten’s soft purr can brighten a bad day. You also know that cats have this magic ability to heal all wounds — both physical and emotional, at least that’s what you tell yourself and others.

Truth be told, there is some scientific evidence that suggests that owning a cat may be good for your health. Feeling a little skeptical about that claim? Check it out:

Reduces risk of heart attack. Recent studies have shown that felines are beneficial to heart health, showing that cat owners are 40 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack. If you’re looking to lower your risk of heart attack, consider adopting a cat. A cat’s purr may also help lower blood pressure and calm nervousness.

Fights depression.  Cats are a great way to help fight depression. They offer a great distraction, and their purring is soothing. If you don’t struggle with depression, a pet decreases your chances of acquiring the condition.

Ups immune system. Your cat can also increase your immune system. Studies have shown that those who are 65 years and older and have a cat are 30 percent less likely to make visits to the doctor.

Lowers risk for asthma. Although mostly considered the culprit of asthma attacks, studies have shown that children exposed to cats as babies are less likely to develop asthma. If you already have asthma, however, a cat will more than likely exacerbate your condition. Make sure you consult with your physician if you have asthma prior to bringing a kitten home.

Enhances your mood.  It’s no secret that pets can increase your overall mood. This is also true for those who own cats. Felines have this ability to help us to feel less anxious. Studies have shown that cats help to lower the stress hormone cortisol and increase serotonin levels in the body.

If you’re contemplating getting a cat, there are plenty of ways they can improve your life. Just make sure that your lifestyle is one that has room for a pet. If you travel frequently or rarely spend time at home, a pet may not be the best option for you.

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