Domesticated cats became more and more common towards the end of the 19th century in the U.S., and their primary responsibility was to help with pest control and hunt for mice (which they can and still do). By the end of World War I, cats took their place as popular American household pets. Since then, cat adoption has brought joy and laughter to many homes across the country. Furry felines have gotten a bad wrap for being independent, nonchalant, and standoffish house companions, but this is far from the truth, and there’s scientific data that demonstrates how having a cuddly companion can improve your health.
The Science Behind Cat Ownership
Cats have been a symbol of good fortune since the Ancient Egyptians and across the globe, and a study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology reported a link between how pet ownership is associated with stress and blood pressure reduction, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Adopting a feline manifests a happy environment, and living life to its fullest can eliminate feelings of loneliness, lower anxiety, and increase activity levels. The sound of a cat’s purr can also provide pet owners with calming sound therapy that emits soothing vibrations that impact mental health. Caring for another living being also gives human beings purpose and a feeling of validation that can shape the biology of our brain for the better.
Cats are Low Maintenance
One of the best parts about owning a cat is that they are extremely low-maintenance pets and easy to care for. Your feline friends don’t need to be taken out for walks or to the restroom. They are also far more independent and can be left for an extended period of time (as long as you leave them with enough food and water). In addition, cats fit perfectly into apartment life because they don’t require as much space and only need a litter box. The cost to take care of a cat is also typically far lower than caring for dogs because of cost-efficient vet bills, DIY toys, and cheaper food.
Adult Cats Make Great Companions
If you are looking for an ultra easy-going cat companion, an adult cat will be a perfect fit. Mature cats are far more self-reliant but can still bond with new caretakers. Adult cats aren’t as play-oriented, which means that when it comes time to relax, they will likely be ready to enjoy downtime with you. Older cats also pair better with smaller children and are far less likely to scratch. They take better cues from owners as well and have learned how to keep their claws retracted.
The Heart of a Feline is Always Pure
Intelligent, calm, cheerful, and loyal are characteristics of cats that many don’t know about, and every cat has their own unique personality. When you are looking to add another fluffy member to your family, get to know a few different felines and make sure to choose a rescued cat that matches your lifestyle and personality. Keep in mind that you’ll never regret making the choice to give a cat a new home.
Abigail Baker is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with designer silverware wholesaler, Silver Superstore.