Numerous research has shown that owning a cat can have an amazing effect on your mental health. The cuddles, the purrs, the constant companionship – it all makes you feel better and leads to you seeing your cat as your best friend. Some people may say that cats are not like dogs, but people who have cats will certainly disagree. They sure love their cats and the social media is full of examples that prove this fact.
The Northeastern University conducted a study a couple of years ago that looked at how much people empathize with other people and how much with dogs. The study involved 240 students and after analyzing the results it was more than evident that the majority of subjects were more empathetic towards dogs than towards people.
And is this really a surprise? So many of us turn to our furry friends whenever we need some cheering up and whenever we feel down. Or we start scrolling through the pet pages to get our daily dose of happiness. Cats ease our minds and help us escape this chaotic world that we live in. They don’t judge us, they don’t ask too many questions, they just purr our worries away.
Cats can lift your spirit and improve your mental health
I used to think it was just me that believed this but soon enough I learned that science proves it as well. Cats and their purr have a therapeutic effect on one’s mental and physical health. The subtle vibrations and the sound they produce can help us reduce stress, calm our breathing, lower high blood pressure and help us relax overall. In addition to this, just seeing them how much they enjoy it simply makes us feel better as well.
Cats don’t judge you
The bond you have with your cat is truly special. But what most cat owners love about their cats is the fact that they never judge them. Your cat couldn’t care less if you haven’t showered or brushed your hair in a few days. They don’t care if you’ve put on a few pounds over the holidays or if you stress-ate an entire bowl of ice cream. They love you for who you are and they just want to be close to you. They’re more than grateful you’ve taken them in and they don’t care about anything else.
Losing your cat can be as painful as losing a close person
Anyone who’s ever had and lost a cat will tell you how much it hurts to see their furry friend leave this world. They simply leave an inexplicable void, they leave you heartbroken and you don’t know how you’ll ever recover. It feels pretty much as if you’ve lost a loved one, you’re completely devastated and the pain is unbearable. We love our cats so much that the mere thought of losing them is too much for us to bear.
Our cats are our family and we love them as much or even more than we love our humans.