Cat lovers and owners around the world will tell you that life is better with a feline friend. It’s no secret, of course, that the companionship, entertainment, joy, and love a cat provides will make you happier. But did you know that there are also real, scientifically-backed physical health benefits to owning a cat? It’s true!
Check out some of the surprising ways rooming with a cat can make you a healthier person in the short and long-term:
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
Scientific studies have found that cat owners are 30% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke over a 10-year period than their non-cat owning counterparts. This is due to the fact that cats help lower our stress and anxiety levels with that aforementioned love and companionship. Lowering your stress levels helps keep your blood pressure and heart rate lower as well, reducing your risk for a cardiac event.
Heal Bones & Muscles Faster
Apparently, a cat’s purr produces vibrations that hit just the right frequency to offer therapeutic benefits to our bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and soft tissue. Biomechanical stimulation therapy—a type of physiotherapy method—has shown that improvement to bone, muscle, and joint injuries can be achieved by applying localized frequencies between 18-35 HZ. A cat’s purr creates vibrations with frequencies of 20-140 HZ. These frequencies can also help fight infection and inflammation.
Promote Better Sleep
When they’re not running around with nighttime zoomies, a cat in your bed can help you fall asleep faster. The theory is that their rhythmic breathing produces a calming effect on the mind and body that helps lull you to sleep. Plus, since having a cat reduces your stress and anxiety in general, you’re already poised for a better night’s sleep.
This is a health benefit more for children than fully-grown cat owners. Growing up with a cat has been proven to make kids less prone to developing allergies. The early exposure reduces their sensitivity not just to cats, but to other common allergens such as other pet hair and dander, dust mites, and even grass.
At The Cat’s Inn, we believe everybody should have the chance to experience the amazing mental, emotional, and physical health benefits of cat ownership. That’s why we design and create top-quality commercial cat enclosures for cat businesses to safely and comfortably house their feline guests until they return to their forever homes.
To learn more about our customizable cat townhouses and shelter towers, get in touch with a member of our team today!