Cat owners know that while their feline friends can be a pain in the ass sometimes (like when they go crazy at 2am and keep you awake), they’re truly worth it and there could be nothing cuter in the universe that the way they cuddle up to you.
But somehow, the non-cat lovers of the world have made a bad name for us all, deeming cat ladies as ‘crazy’, because they prefer the company of their little furry friends.
Well, the joke is on them, because science has confirmed that being a cat lover is good for your health!
A Cambridge University study revealed that there’s no association between owning a cat and developing psychosis in later years.
Another study from 2009, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology revealed that owning a cat decreases the risk of death due to heart attack and all cardiovascular diseases.
The authors of the study wrote, “Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals.”
To add to the list of benefits of owning a cat, cuddling with your kitty actually reduces anxiety.
Licensed clinical psychologist and author of The Stress-Proof Brain, Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., told NBC News, that cuddling with or petting your cat releases oxytocin (the bonding/cuddle hormone), which in turn reduces your stress levels.
Need some more fuel to throw at your cat-hating mate?
- Cat’s purring helps to heal our bones, tendons and muscles
- Sleeping with our kitty helps us sleep better
- Cats make you more attractive (to women)
- If you’ve got a cat, it means less allergies for your kids (children under a year exposed to cats are less likely to develop any allergies)
- They boost our energy and positive emotions.
I know what I’m doing this weekend!
(*Adopts another cat and hopes that partner won’t throw a fit*)