1. Reduces stress and anxiety
Owning a cat can be soothing and trigger calming chemicals in the body, decreasing stress and anxiety levels. Cats are known for being low-maintenance, so a simple petting session is often enough to relax owners and distract them from other worries.
2. Boosts immunity
Exposure to pet dander and fur in the house results in increased resistance to allergens, decreasing risk for allergies and asthma.
3. Increase sociability
Cat ownership provides a natural conversation starter and can enhance the owner’s ability to socialize. One study revealed that women were more attracted to men who owned cats because cat ownership often suggests sensitivity and intelligence.
4. Decreases risk of heart disease and heart attacks
A study conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute in Minneapolis has shown that those who do not own cats are 30-40% more likely to die of heart attacks than their cat-owning counterparts.
5. Provide companionship
Owning a cat reduces feelings of loneliness. Though cats are often known for their independence, the bond between a cat and its owner reinforces companionship. A Swiss study conducted in 2003 revealed that owning a cat is similar to having a romantic partner.