How cats are good for your wellbeing

Tuesday August 8 was international cat day, and it may come as no surprise that your furry feline bundle of fur is good for your physical, physiological and mental health. In fact scientific studies show that cats have a calming, relaxed effect on your wellbeing.

Cat lovers will understand how the feeling of soft fur and whiskers brushing against them invokes a feeling of calm and relaxation. Cuddling, petting or holding your cat improves mental health by decreasing your stressors, soothing pain while having a loyal companion who loves you unconditionally.

Have you ever wondered why the sound of cats purring is so relaxing? When you have a cat, you have your very own sound therapist. Their purring is like attending a sound therapy session where a cat purrs within the range of 20-140hz which is an optimal level for healing and therapeutic stress healing. Relaxing with your cat and listening to its rhythmic purring helps ease you out of the stress of your busy day, worries melt away, and you can drift off to sleep easier.

Additionally, a 2015 Australian study showed that cat owners were more confident in facing the challenges in their lives than those without a furry feline friend. Where you find humans difficult at times, you can always depend on your furry feline friend to be there and cheer you up.

Your cat will be waiting for you when you arrive home. It brings purpose to your life and chases away feelings of loneliness. Your cat has the powerful ability to calm you while becoming your best friend wanting nothing more in return except care and attention.

Ultimately what we learn from cats is true connection to something that makes us feel great. A cat’s love has a positive effect on your mental health offering you encouragement and friendship.

Kindness and love whether from an animal or another person helps us learn to love. It increases your capacity for love and appreciation of ourselves and others – including your furry feline friend.

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