Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend” due to their loyalty and companionship with humans. However, do not underestimate the power of cats! These furry, friendly, four-pawed felines can actually improve your health.

Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart disease by more than a third. It has been scientifically proven that they can lower stress levels and blood pressure which ultimately protect against heart disease.  Consequently, you are less likely to die of a stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular diseases.

Autistic children benefit from having these feline friends around them. They tend to form a strong connection with cats. Studies have shown that autistic children can communicate better and be more assertive when cats are kept as pets. Children are also less likely to develop allergies. Researchers have discovered that contact with cats in the first year of life can strengthen babies’ immune systems.

Purring is the purrfect method to heal tendons, muscles and bones! The frequency of a cat’s purr vibrations can vary between 20 and 150 Hertz. These frequencies can help joint mobility, especially after an injury. This therapeutic effect has extended to help the healing of bones and muscles too.

Cats can improve your mental health. A Cats Protection survey found that “87% of cat owners felt that their cats have a positive impact on their wellbeing”. 76% also found that cats help them cope in everyday life. Personally, stroking a cat can help me relax.

Have you ever wondered why cat videos are so popular? Well, it turns out that it is not just because they are funny! A survey from the University of Indiana discovered that watching cat videos made people more energetic and left them in a pawsitive mood!

Gangah Sivapooranan