Owning a cat surely has many benefits: a companion, a playmate and even just a cute face to come home to day in and day out. These sweet little creatures provide their humans with comfort and even aid in their physical health. But did you know that having a cat just might improve your overall mental health? If you don’t already own a cat, this just may persuade you to get one!
Here are some ways owning a cat might actually improve your state of mind:
– Petting reduces stress. Not only is petting your cat beneficial to them, it also works wonders for you. It’s a way to connect with your kitty and, scientifically, the hormone related to stress/anxiety relief, oxytocin, is released. Oxytocin helps in lowering cortisol levels as well as reduces your blood pressure.
– Your cat lessens loneliness. Living alone can get quite lonely, which is why many people look to having a cat around. With your feline around, you’ll always have a companion. Cats have a great sense of intuition as well: when you’re feeling down, your cat can sense it and will automatically approach you and cuddle, never leaving you alone.
– They make you smile. Cats are no strangers to doing hilarious and crazy things, causing even the most straight-faced person to break into a smile. Smiling releases serotonin and dopamine levels, which are associated with happiness.
– Cats make great listeners. With cats, they’re all ears. You can spill your heart and innermost feelings to them and not only will they never utter a word, they will listen to everything. They also won’t judge you on anything you say – cats are guaranteed to have your back!
– They love you unconditionally. Like the Katy Perry song, your furry feline friend will always love you unconditionally. It’s a sweet truth, and with that in mind, you can’t help but be happy knowing someone loves you. They don’t ask for much, either – just for you to love them back.
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