8 Reasons Why Cats are Are Good For Your Health
Although we’re keeping ourselves plenty busy at the EMS World Expo in Nashville this week, we decided to have a little feline fun in honor of National Cat Day. Without further ado, here are a few little-known facts about cats and why owning a cat is good for your heart and good for your health.
Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, these fluffy, independent creatures are crazy good for your health. Whether you live with a snuggle bunny or an aloof loner, having a cat around has some surprising health benefits.
Reason #1: Cats Can Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
We’re Cardio Partners, after all, so we figured we’d start with the heart. True fact: owning a cat can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 30%. A study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology confirmed that cat owners were at a decreased risk for death due to myocardial infarction and all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke)! In fact, the researchers went so far as to note that the “Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals” (US National Library of Medicine).
Reason #2: You’ll Sleep Better (Which is Also Good for Your Heart)
According to a study published by the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, “Are Pets in the Bedroom a Problem?” a whopping 41% of pet owners indicated that they sleep better when their pet snoozes with them and just 20% reported that their pet was “disruptive.” To bring it all back to heart health, sleep is essential for a healthy heart. People who don’t sleep enough are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease — regardless of age, weight, smoking, and exercise habits (National Sleep Foundation).
Reason #3: Purring is Good for Your Bones
And your muscles and tendons, too! That comforting purr your furry friend produces may be as good for your body as it is for your soul. According to Scientific American, “Scientists have demonstrated that cats produce the purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. Cats purr during both inhalation and exhalation with a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz. Various investigators have shown that sound frequencies in this range can improve bone density and promote healing.”
Reason #4: Men with Cats are Perceived as Kinder and More Attractive
We can’t make this stuff up if we tried. Dr. June Nicholls, a leading pet researcher and psychologist in the United Kingdom, found that women were more attracted to men who like animals. Specifically, the study noted that men who like cats are also more likely to be perceived by women as being nicer, more caring people.
Reason #5: Cats Help You Fight Depression and Stress
When you pet your cat (or, to be fair, your dog), the levels of feel-good hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, and prolactin in your body rise dramatically. Each of these hormones are critical to your psychological well-being. Simply having a cat around can help your body ward off stress and fight depression.
Reason #6: Your Kids will Enjoy Fewer Sniffles and Sneezes
From allergies, at least. The National Institutes of Health released a study in 2002 that found that children under a year old who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop all kinds of allergies, including seasonal allergies!
Reason #7: Watching Cat Videos is Actually Good for You!
Step away from the afternoon coffee and take a peek at Lil’ BUB instead. According to a study conducted by assistant professor Jessica Gall Myrick at Indiana University Bloomington and published in Computers in Human Behavior, watching cat videos can boost your energy, stimulate positive emotions, and decrease negative feelings.
Reason #8: They’re a Positive Force for Public Health
Cats kill unwanted critters, and that’s a very good thing. CNN reported in 2016 that rat complaints in cities throughout the country were soaring. Rats, as we all know, are dirty little creatures that carry the newly resurgent bubonic plague and antibiotic-resistant E.coli and C. diff. “Rat-to-human infections aren’t merely a horrific possibility, they are a reality,” said Dr. Chelsea Himsworths, who studies the vermin of Vancouver. After testing rats that came from a particular neighborhood with high rates of human MRSA cases, she found that the rats carried the same MRSA strain. Cats not only eliminate disease-carrying vermin but by rubbing their scent in an area they also discourage future infestations.
That’s all for now, folks! Happy National Cat Day! If you’re in Nashville, we’d love to see you and your cat pictures at the EMS World Expo. You can find the Cardio Partners team at Booth #1947, just outside of the Learning Center. Or, for more information about our services, give us a call at 866-349-4362 or email us at email@example.com.