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Owning a Cat Has Health Benefits

By Paul Rothbart 

Everyone wants to be physically and mentally healthy. Eating and sleeping well, managing stress, and staying mentally engaged are key in this pursuit. Having activities outside of work for pure fun, such as hobbies is very helpful. Science has found that so is owning a pet. There is a reason cat videos are so popular. Having a little feline friend can improve your mental and physical health. Here are some facts. 

Less Stress

Playing with a cat or even just petting one has been found to help reduce stress and anxiety. Research has also discovered that hearing your kitty purr can lower blood pressure and help you relax. A cat is a low-maintenance pet. They are ideal for people who don't have the time to walk or train a dog. Less work means less dress. You can enjoy being with your cat when you want to and it will be happy to be on its own when you are busy.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Less stress and lower blood pressure improve heart health. Thus, owning a cat may reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, or heart attack. One study found that cat-owners were less likely to die from a heart attack than those who don't have a cat.

Better Sleep

Insomnia and poor sleep are common problems that can wreak havoc with your mental and physical health. There is research that shows sleeping with your cat may provide a greater sense of comfort and relaxation. There are many people who find that they sleep better with their feline pet. Better sleep leads to better health. 

Companionship

For people who live alone, life can be difficult. Spending long hours by yourself can produce loneliness. This can be stressful and negatively impact overall health. Cats are great companions. They make eye contact with humans that can create a bond similar to that of a human. Research done in Austria found that a connection with a cat can have an effect much like connecting with a romantic partner. This can give you a sense of well-being that can improve your mental health. A healthy mind can help a healthy body.

Improve Self Esteem

Cats can provide emotional and social support. That can boost self-esteem. Feeling better about oneself gives a boost to mental health. A study of 97 undergraduate students found that cat owners dealt with rejection better.

Staying healthy mentally and physically can be challenging. You need all the help you can get. Consider getting a cat. Owning and caring for a kitty just may give you the boost you need to stay in good health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Worth, Tex.

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