There was a time, if you had a house loaded with cats, you were negatively referred to as a “Crazy Cat Person”.  If you were a single or widowed older women you were a “Crazy Cat Lady”! That is no longer the case and there are many positive reasons for people to embrace and take in cats, giving them love and attention.  Let's look at how this myth of being crazy came about:

During medieval times, there was hysteria surrounding the belief in witches and their black cats.  Most of this hysteria came from people's myths that witches and black cats were just evil.  For years, many people believed that people contracted the disease toxoplasmosis that can be transmitted from cats which is an infection caused by parasites found in their feces or from under-cooked meat or tainted water.  It was believed when contracting this disease, people would literally lose their minds. 

Recent studies published in the journal Psychological Medicine showed that there is no relationship between owning cats and developing psychosis later on.  That said, the Center for Disease Control has shown that over 60 million people in the U.S. are possibly infected with Toxoplasma parasites brought on by many different conditions.  Doctor of veterinary medicine,  Ph.D. and president of PetSmart Charities, David Haworth said very few people show these symptoms because the human's healthy immune system will prevent these parasites from passing on the disease.

Moving on to the here and now, let's look at the positive aspects for owning cats: 

People Who Love Cats Are Sensitive And Very Intelligent: 

A survey taken in 2014 showed that people who love cats are more sensitive and more intelligent than people who own dogs who seem to be more outgoing and active, in general.


Steve McKeown is a psychoanalyst and founder of MindFixers and owner of the McKeown Clinic. He said that cat owners are more likely to have university degrees than dog owners.  Because these people work longer hours, they tend to choose pets that match their busy lifestyles.


That said, there are no facts backing the theory that cat owners are smarter than dog owners but many intelligent people have chosen cats over dogs.  Let's hear it for cats!


Cats Will Help You Maintain A Healthier Heart:


In 2008, researchers at the University of Minnesota's Stroke Institute studied almost 4,500 people and 3 out of 5 owned a cat for approximately 10 years.  They discovered that people owning cats were 30% less likely to die from a heart attack than people who did not.  Another study was performed in 2009 and showed that cat owners were less likely to die from various cardiovascular issues, including a stroke, than people who did not have cats.  One of the leading reasons, cats help relieve stress!


Cats Relieve Stress:


Many studies have shown that cats can relieve stress and can lower your blood pressure, unlike other pets.  Adding to that, a cat's purr has shown to have many medical benefits both for themselves as well as their cat.


Scientific American Stated:


Through various demonstrations, scientists showed that cats produce the sound of purr through intermittent signaling of the laryngeal and diaphragmatic muscles. A cat's purr happens while they are exhaling and inhaling and has a consistent pattern and frequency between 25 and 150 Hertz.  Further studies showed that the frequency of the sound in this range can also improve bone density and may also have healing properties.


Cats Make Us Laugh!


If you own a cat, you know they have many antics that will make you laugh and research has shown that laughter is good for your health.  Another study showed that watching funny videos for approximately 20 minutes will reduce your level of the stress hormone, cortisol.  Laughter also helps you perform on a higher level of memory recall.


Having a sense of humor can prevent heart disease.  Anyone who has owned or owns a cat or spent any time watching cat videos on YouTube knows how really funny cats can be.  So, the next time your cat does something off-the-wall, remember they just helped you extend your life as well as the quality of your life!


People With Autism Have Learned To Communicate, Thanks To Cats:


A study performed in France showed that children with autism between the ages of 4 and 5 who were introduced to a family pet showed extensive improvements in sharing with others and comforting those in distress.  People with autism, at any age, have reported feeling stronger bonds with animals than with people.  There is a theory that petting a cat releases Oxytocin, better known as the “feel-good hormone”, and therefore people with autism become more comfortable communicating with other people.


Cats Can Help You Fight Depression:


Pets in general and especially cats can help people with depression.  It has been proven that when you take on the responsibility of keeping your pet safe and healthy is a great way to improve positive mental health. You really cannot hide from the world when your pet relies on you to meet their needs.  Touch has also shown to contribute to health benefits and petting your cat seems to be just as helpful as being hugged by a dear friend or having a massage.


On top of many other health benefits for owning a cat, they help distract us from sad emotions because they offer unconditional love and acceptance. People have said that unconditional love and acceptance makes them feel so much better about themselves.


Your Cat Will Keep You From Feeling Lonely:


Cats are just as capable of filling your social needs just as much as from another person.  Cats will keep you from feeling lonely.  They are incredible listeners who never interrupt what you have to say about your life or even a particularly lousy day.  On top of that, they are always overjoyed and excited to see you when you return home!


Children At Age One Might Never Develop Allergies:


Other studies have shown that children who are around pets during the first year of their lives are significantly less likely to develop allergies as they grow up.  It's believed that allowing the immune system something natural to work with helps it develop normally and not react to situations that are not dangerous.



Cats Are Easier To Care For Than Dogs:


No insult meant to dogs but cats are much easier to care for and are a lot less expensive.  Dogs must be walked many times during the day and it's more expensive to maintain their health and to feed them.  Working all day, chances are you will have to hire a pet sitter to take your dog out for walks while your cat uses a litter box.  When you return home from a long day and the weather is really bad, you still have to gather up that second wind and bring your dog for a walk.  Also, medications and food for cats are a great deal less expensive.  Owning a cat will save you between $330 to $800 each year.


Learn The Benefits Of Napping From Your Cat:


Some people might think cats are extremely lazy because they seem to sleep a lot during the day. What they don't realize, there are many health benefits from taking a short nap in the middle of the day.  It rejuvenates your energy and helps you to think more clearly.  According to studies, there is no better example of discovering the benefits of napping than your cat!


A cat's system is highly charged by nature and they need naps to rejuvenate on a regular basis.  While sleep is very important to their health, they also look pretty darn cute doing so!  Various studies over the years have shown that taking a short nap during the day will improve our alertness, improve our memory, our creativity, productivity, and improve our state of mind.


On a rainy Sunday afternoon, why not stretch out on your couch, let your cat curl up on top of you and both of you take a really relaxing nap together!  You will both wake up feeling so much better and ready to take on the rest of the day.


Cat owners know there are many advantages for sharing their lives with a cat.  They are always there for you, love your attention, and reward you with comfort and better health.  Unlike popular rumor, cats are not aloof and indifferent, they are warm and affectionate.  Cats are amazing animals and cat owners are not crazy, as a matter of fact, they are one step ahead of the crowd!



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