Benefits of having a feline friend

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This is a close up of a cat

A purr-fect buddy

If you already have a cat in your family it may be no surprise that having a cat is good for your health and well-being. You know how good it is to come home and be greeted by your excited cat. That second you walk in the door helps you forget what's happened during the day.  Research shows that pets can help us live longer, fuller lives.

Here are some more examples of how cats make us feel better:

Cats help reduce stress

It's been shown that patting a cat can make your blood pressure drop and make you feel more relaxed.  Research has shown that patients with high blood pressure can benefit from having a pet around.  One study found that over a 10-year period cat owners were 30% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners.

A cat can help alleviate loneliness and depression

A pet provides unconditional love and affection and this has shown to help elderly people live longer and fuller lives. Cats - or all pets, for that matter - can help people deal with many changes and losses in life.

Cats can be teachers

You may think you teach your cat everything, but they can also teach you a thing or two.  Cats can teach nurturing and discipline skills that can be used later on for parenting, while children learn to take responsibility for the health and well-being of cats and learn how to interact with them as well.  Cats also teach the cycle of life-birth, death, loss and grief.

As we've seen, there's many great reasons for having a kitty friend in your life.  Always do your research and consider your lifestyle when choosing the best pet for you.