Did you know that in addition to being furry bundles of joy and entertainment coupled with snuggles and purrs, there are actual health benefits of owning cats? Yup, that’s right! Kitty can give a lot more than just love and entertainment, but is good for your health too. Because we’re a cat friendly practice approved by the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners), we’ve put together a list of reasons why owning cats is not just great, but great for you. Enjoy!

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Volunteer Shelley Wininger comes to the Brooklyn Cat Cafe to ‘get her cat fix’ since her husband is allergic. Photo credit: BESS ADLER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Full article: http://www.wsj.com/articles/feline-fine-at-new-yorks-cat-cafes-1465604615

Health Benefits of Owning Cats

Reduce stress and anxiety: owning a cat can be soothing and trigger a calming response in the brain. Some studies even show that petting a cat is soothing to humans as well as to the cat!

Increase sociability: it gives you something to talk about, and can be a conversation starter. In addition, cat owners like to share stories about their feline friends with other cat owners, and is a great way to connect with new people.

Companionship: while cats may be known for being independent and aloof, many cats also like snuggles and attention. Either way, having a cat in the house can help alleviate feelings of loneliness and add a sense of companionship, as an added health benefit of owning cats. 

Medical benefits: some studies suggest owning a cat can help lower blood pressure, reduce risk of stroke, boost immunity, and even lower cholesterol and decrease risk of heart attack and heart disease. But don’t take our word for it – you can read more at the Health Fitness Revolution site and check out the various studies they reference. 

Cat Cafés & Yoga

Yes, even beyond basic health benefits, cats are popping up in more and more places and you don’t need a landlord that allows pets to enjoy the company of cats. In New York City, there are 4 cat cafés, all with different themes that offer a range of options from just visiting, to food and drink, and even cat yoga and movie night! You can read about all of the options on the Wall Street Journal’s Feline Fine article, or learn more about cat yoga thanks to CNN News’s feature about the “mewest” exercise trend.

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The cats enjoyed this balance pose at the Marietta, Georgia, shelter. Photo and article credit CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/health/cat-yoga/

Cat Friendly Clinic

And then when you’ve had a chance to learn more about the health benefits of owning cats, perhaps had a chance to hang out with some feline friends doing yoga or sipping tea, when you find the kitty of your dreams and bring him or her home, make sure to book your checkup with a cat friendly clinic. This way you can make sure that your new feline friend finds the visit to the vet and their first checkup with you as pleasant as possible. Not sure where to find a cat friendly clinic? Just visit the AAFP’s Find a Cat Friendly Practice page or give us a call because we’re certified cat friendly of course! 

So what are you waiting for? Make friends with a feline and start reaping the benefits and book your appointment today!