Did you know that cats are America’s most popular pet? According to LiveScience.com, there are 88 million cats compared to 74 million dogs. Pet ownership is at an all-time high in the United States, with 63 percent of all U.S. households owning at least one pet. Or is it the other way around? If you’re the lucky to have a cat in your household, you know who the real owner is. Here are a few facts about our furry feline friends:
They make great companions
Owning a pet can really improve one’s quality of life, and cat owners know all too well just how much cats can make great companions. The most common reason to keep a pet is for the companionship and to ease loneliness. Just having a cat to come home to and spend time with can help you feel connected with another life. This can be a very beneficial for those those living alone, are widowed and the elderly.
It makes you more nurturing
Having a cat makes one naturally more caring and nurturing. In today’s smaller families or for couples who can’t have children, having a living being to care for and nurture is not really a bad thing. Studies have also shown that children who grow up with cats tend to empathize more with other how other people think and feel and to consider how their actions will affect others.
Their purrs are therapeutic
Cat owners know the ultimate joy of petting a cat who’s curled up and purring on your lap. Cat’s purrs are known to lower stress and blood pressure among their owners. Studies have even shown that the frequency or pitch of a cat’s purr can help aid in bone and muscle healing after an injury.
Owning a cat can have several surprising medical benefits. Research has shown that cat ownership reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third. Cat owners can expect earlier discharges from the hospital, fewer times when visits to the doctor’s office are needed, and lower levels of stress overall.