They say you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. Well here’s some good news for cat owners… studies have shown that cat people are among the healthiest, happiest, and smartest people in the world. Scientific research has repeatedly shown that there are significant health and happiness benefits of having a feline family member in your home. So what are they?
Here are 5 reasons why cats make us better people:
Reason #1: Cats are good for our (mental) health
Numerous studies have been published showing that cat owners have higher IQs than their dog owning counterparts. Some of these studies suggest that this is in part due to time constraints (smarter people tend to work longer hours, and cats tend to require less maintenance than dogs), but it is also suggested that the relaxed demeanor of a cat has a calming effect on the family members which promotes mental health and increased brain activity.
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And of course, petting our cats brightens our mood. Just a few minutes of petting (or even brushing) your cat signals our brain to start producing the hormones oxytocin and serotonin – these are 2 calming chemicals that when released in our bodies make us feel more relaxed and at peace.
It’s soothing for our cats to be stroked and touched by us, but we also get a huge physiological payback as well. Go pet your cat!