Anyone who shares their home with a cat will tell you that they're good for the soul, but there's now legitimate scientific proof that cats make everything better.
Cats Are Amazing Therapy Animals
Cats serve as a social support during difficult times, such as the loss of a loved one. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly and relieve physical symptoms of pain, such as crying. Speaking to your cat, who won’t respond or judge you, has also been shown to help the grieving process.
Cat Owners Are Smarter Than Dog Owners
Carroll University in Wisconsin pitched cat owners against dog owners in a battle of wits. The result? On average, cat owners were found to be smarter than those who owned a dog. One psychologist believes that the more introverted nature of cat owners is the reason for these findings.
Cats have defeated history’s greatest Empires
In 525 B.C. during an attack on the Egyptian city of Pelusium, the Persian king, Cambyses II, unleashed cats before his army and painted felines on his soldiers' shields. The Egyptian garrison, fearing harming the animals and angering the goddess Bastet, quickly abandoned their positions and fled.
Cats Reduce The Risk of Heart Attacks
A 10-year study from the University of Minnesota found that the reduced stress that comes with owning a cat reduces the likeliness of a heart attack by up to 40%.
Cats Offer Companionship
The idea that cats are worse companions than dogs is now thought to be untrue - especially for women. A Swiss study found that the happiness and companionship from having a cat in the house is equivalent to having a romantic partner. Cats initiate contact and remember kindness shown to them, returning it in the future.
Cats have made the trains run on time
Countless humans including Italian dictator Benito Mussolini have tried - and failed - to make the trains run on time. Since Tama took over as manager of a railway station in Japan, taking only food as payment, the once failing business has begun to thrive.
Cat Lovers Are More Open-Minded, Sensitive and Rebellious Than Dog Owners
One study out of San Francisco found that cat and dog owners have vastly different personalities and choose their pet based on these differences. Cat owners were found to be more open-minded, more sensitive and more likely to be non-conformists.
Cats Have a Lower Carbon Footprint Than Dogs
Over their lifetime, the resources required to feed and care for a dog have the same impact on the environment as a Hummer. Cats, who eat less in general and more likely to eat fish than corn and beef only have the a carbon footprint the size of a Volkswagen Golf.
Cats Can Be a Child’s Best Friend and Help Development
In a study of children who lived with cats, 81% said that they would rather chat to their cat about their feelings than their parents of friends. Around 87% of the children considered their cat to be a ‘close friend.’
Children Who Live with Cats Miss Less School
Children who live with a cat miss nine days less of school per year than those who do not. This is because the immune function of a cat owner is far stronger. Children raised with cats were found to be less prone to ear infections in one study.
Koko, the talking gorilla, is a cat person
Koko is a gorilla who can use more than 1,000 words in American sign language and understands 2,000 words in spoken English. To teach her, researchers read "The Three Little Kittens" and "Puss 'n' Boots" to the primate. Since then, Koko has been infatuated by felines, at one point she even asked for one as a christmas present. While nursing cats, Koko has been known to sign “Soft. Good. Cat."
Cats Lower Cholesterol
Canadian scientists believe that owning a cat can help lower levels of a chemical compound called triglyceride, which causes high cholesterol. Though owning a cat shouldn’t be an excuse to not eat well and exercise.
Cats Have Saved Lives
Animal psychologist Roger Mugford believes that cats are just as capable at detecting illness in humans as dogs. In 2012, Amy Jung’s cat, Pudding, cat saved its owner's life the same night they had adopted him. After Amy had a diabetic seizure, Pudding brought her back to consciousness by nudging her, and then ran to her son's room pounced on him until he woke up and called for medical assistance.
Cats Aid Depression
The love of a cat is unconditional, and it’s this love which has led scientists to believe that felines can aid both moderate and severe depression among humans. Knowing that somebody loves you, even a cat, has been proven to combat depression.
Cats Aid Autistic Children
A study by the University of Queensland discovered that autistic children with cats were more likely to speak, look at faces and smile than those without feline contact. The gentle, reserved nature of the typical cat is more familiar to a child with autism than an overly-energetic dog.
Petting a Cat Makes You Happier
Petting a cat increases levels of oxytocin found in the body. Oxytocin is known as the “love hormone” because it is released by touch and increases feelings of happiness.
Purring Has Healing Effects
Cats purr within a range of 20 - 140 Hz, which is known to be medically therapeutic for some illnesses. Purring has been known to lower stress, decrease the symptoms of dyspnea, help in the healing of bones and soft tissue as well as lower blood pressure.
Cats are better mayors than most humans
Stubbs the cat has been mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for more than 17 years. When the local population were sick of human politicians, this feline proved the most popular candidate. During his long term in office, Stubbs has survived several assassination attempts by local dogs and spends his afternoons drinking water out of a goblet laden with catnip.
Cats Reduce Stress
The University of Missouri found that having cats around reduces levels of stress in humans. The study saw 240 married couples given stress inducing tasks, those who had their cats with them at the time experienced far less stress than those who didn’t.
Cats Enhance the Pulling Power of Men
Gentlemen, get a cat. Surveys have found that over 90% of single women think that men who like cats are more attractive than those who don’t.
Owning a Cat May Prevent Asthma and Allergies in Children
Children who live with cats from an early age may well develop an immunity to asthma. A study found that some children develop special antibodies when exposed to cats, preventing them from developing the disease.
Cats Owners Have Fewer Strokes
While researchers aren’t sure why, cat owners are less likely to have a stroke than those who don’t own one. When you consider that cats lower stress, blood pressure and cholesterol, it’s easy to see why we’re less prone to strokes.
Cat Owners Are More Empathetic
Children who grow up with cats are more practiced in considering what other people are thinking and feeling. Experiencing empathy from a young age helps children to relate with other people and to consider how their actions will affect others.
Cats Help Their Owners Recover from Rejection
A study at Miami University asked a group of undergraduates to write about a moment that they experienced rejection. They were then asked to write about their favourite pet and their favourite friend. Thinking about their pets proved just as effective as thinking about their friend when it came to staving off feelings of rejection.
Cats Can Care for Alzheimer’s Sufferers
When they had a cat in their home, people with Alzheimer’s had fewer anxious outbursts. Cats are particularly good pets for Alzheimer’s sufferers because they require less care than dogs.
Cats can act as surrogate children
Cats are capable of forming close child-parent bonds with their owner, especially with women. Studies have shown that cats hold control over when they are fed and handled, functioning very similar to human children in some households.
Cats Lower Blood Pressure
The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction have found that that giving a cat attention helps to reduce the level of a hormone called cortisol, which stabilizes blood pressure levels.
Cats have infiltrated Governments
Larry the cat is Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of 10 Downing Street, England. He has been involved in scandals involving sleeping on the job, fraternizing with a female cat, and attacking a reporter.
There you have it. Never let anyone question your decision to add a feline to your family again. Cats make everything better!