25 Good Reasons Why We All Need A Cat In Our Lives!

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In one sentence: Cats make life much better. Even with their purring!

1. Cat owners are smarter than dog owners.

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According to the study of Carroll University in Wisconsin, cat owners were found to be smarter than those who owned a dog.

2. Cat owners are more empathetic.

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Children who grow up with cats are more practiced in considering what other people are thinking and feeling. Experiencing empathy from a young age helps children to relate to other people and to consider how their actions will affect others.

3. Cats make great companions.

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The idea that cats are worse companions than dogs is not true - especially for women. A Swiss study found that the happiness and companionship from having a cat in the house is equivalent to having a romantic partner. Cats initiate contact and remember kindness shown to them, returning it in the future.

4. Cat owners are easier to get along with

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217 people were asked survey questions aiming at determining whether pet owners in the group differed from people who didn’t have pets in the areas of well-being, personality type and attachment style. The study found pet owners to be happier, healthier and better adjusted in social situations than were non-owners.

5. Cats are amazing therapy animals

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Cats serve as a social support during difficult times, such as the loss of a loved one. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly and relieve physical symptoms of pain, such as crying. Speaking to your cat, who won’t respond or judge you, has also been shown to help the grieving process.

6. Cat lovers are more open-minded, sensitive and rebellious than dog owners.

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One study out of San Francisco found that cat and dog owners have vastly different personalities and choose their pet based on these differences. Cat owners were found to be more open-minded, more sensitive and more likely to be non-conformists.

7. Cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs.

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Over their lifetime, the resources required to feed and care for a dog have the same impact on the environment as a Hummer. Cats, who eat less in general, have the a carbon footprint the size of a Volkswagen Golf.

8. Cats can be a child’s best friend and help development.

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In a study of children who lived with cats, 81% said that they would rather chat to their cat about their feelings than their parents of friends. Around 87% of the children considered their cat to be a ‘close friend.’

9. Cats help their owners recover from rejection.

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A study at Miami University asked a group of undergraduates to write about a moment that they experienced rejection. They were then asked to write about their favourite pet and their favourite friend. Thinking about their pets proved just as effective as thinking about their friend when it came to staving off feelings of rejection.

10. Cats can care for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

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When they had a cat in their home, people with Alzheimer’s had fewer anxious outbursts. Cats are particularly good pets for Alzheimer’s sufferers because they require less care than dogs.

11. Children who live with cats miss less school.

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Children who live with a cat miss nine days less of school per year than those who do not. This is because the immune function of a cat owner is far stronger.

12. Cats lower cholesterol.

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According to Canadian scientists, owning a cat reduces trigliserol levels, which is one of the main causes of high cholesterol.

13. Cats and dogs cut their owners' cancer risk.

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Owning a pet can reduce the chances of developing certain types of cancer by nearly a third. Researchers claim it's because of the exposure to allergens and toxins in the environment.

14. Cats are great therapy for anxiety and depression.

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Multiple studies show that a pet can help reduce stress and even lower blood pressure. For those who live with depression or anxiety, pets can truly be an integral part of getting through the day and overcoming challenges.

15. Cats relieve depression.

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Thought the love of a cat is unconditional, knowing that somebody loves you, even a cat, has been proven to combat depression.

16. Cats aid autistic children.

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A study by the University of Queensland discovered that autistic children with cats were more likely to speak, look at faces and smile than those without feline contact. The gentle, reserved nature of the typical cat is more familiar to a child with autism than an overly-energetic dog.

17. Petting a cat makes you happier.

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Petting a cat increases levels of oxytocin found in the body. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” because it is released by touch and increases feelings of happiness.

18. Cat owners make fewer health care visits.

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This includes visits to the doctor and hospital. Studies have also shown that nursing homes that allow cats as part of the therapy for patients have lower medication costs than facilities that do not make use of cats as part of therapy.

19. Cats make children kind and compassionate.

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Showing kindness to people and kindness to animals is really not that different, when you think about it. The relationship between a child and a cat is a fantastic way to nurture a sense of compassion that can then be conveyed to the world.

20. Purring has healing effects.

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Cats purr within a range of 20 - 140 Hz, which is known to be medically therapeutic for some illnesses. Purring has been known to help in the healing of bones and soft tissue as well as lower blood pressure.

21. Cats reduce stress.

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The University of Missouri found that having cats around reduces levels of stress in humans.

22. Cats attract women.

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Gentlemen, get a cat. Surveys have found that over 90% of single women think that men who like cats are more attractive than those who don’t.

23. Cats reduce the risk of heart attacks.

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A 10-year study from the University of Minnesota found that owning a cat reduces the likeliness of a heart attack by up to 40%.

24. Owning a cat may prevent asthma and allergies in children.

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Children who live with cats from an early age may well develop special antibodies, preventing them from developing some diseases.

25. Cats owners have fewer strokes

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While researchers aren’t sure why, cat owners are less likely to have a stroke than those who don’t own one.

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