Today is, National Hug Your Cat Day! Cat owners take a shared “paws” to show their cat how much they are loved.
If your cat wants a hug, give it to ’em!
Don’t have a cat to hug, but you have been thinking about getting one? Visit your local SPCA to find your perfect feline and give it a “forever” home. Investing in a cat can make you happier and healthier.
7 Benefits of Owning a Cat
Reduces your stress and anxiety: Cats are known for being low-maintenance, so taking a few minutes to pet a cat can cause the owner to relax and take their mind off their troubles.
Decreases your risk of stroke: Because cats are low maintenance, scientists believe that cat owners are less likely to be at risk for having a stroke.
Your cat is your therapist: The calming effect of owning a cat triggers the release of oxytocin, the hormone known for inducing feelings of love and trust. Talking to your cat can help you work out your feelings. It’s much easier to talk to your cat since it won’t judge you or talk back to you.
Lowers your blood pressure: Cat owners are known to have lower blood pressure due to the calming presence cats provide.
Decreases your risk of heart disease and heart attacks: A study has shown that those who do not own cats are 30-40% more likely to die of heart attacks than their cat-owning counterparts.
Increases your sociability: Cat ownership provides a natural conversation starter and can enhance the owner’s ability to socialize. One study revealed that women were more attracted to men who owned cats because cat ownership often suggests sensitivity and intelligence.
Provide companionship: Owning a cat reduces feelings of loneliness. Though cats are often known for their independence, the bond between a cat and its owner reinforces companionship.