Health Benefits of Having a Cat

Top 10 Health Benefits of Having a Cat According to Igor Purlantov

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Cats have been domesticated and living around humans for more than 10,000 years says animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov.  Although cats have long been valued for their companionship and ability to hunt household pests, Mr. Purlantov believes that many people may be surprised to know that there are numerous health benefits associated with having a cat in your household.

According to Mr. Purlantov, the following health benefits have been studied and confirmed by researchers and health care professionals around the world who understand the benefits of having the most popular pet in the world, a cat, in your household:

Asthma and Allergy Prevention in Children

Studies have shown that early and regular contact with cats can help children avoid developing a number of respiratory problems including asthma.  There is also evidence that living with a cat can also help prevent allergies in children says Igor Purlantov.

Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Heart Attack

Studies have shown that having cat can make you less likely to die of cardiovascular disease.  One study even found that those without cats were between 30-40% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than cat owners. Studies have also shown that people can reduce their chances of a heart attack by having a cat and there is a reduced chance that you will die suddenly due to a heart attack if you have a cat according to Igor Purlantov.

Improved Immune System

Having a cat has been shown to boost your immune system and also improve how it functions.  It is believed that cats often have a very good sense of when a person is ill and are great at providing comfort to help a person feel better.

Lower Blood Pressure

According to one study, people with cats are more likely to have lower blood pressure that those without cats.  It is believed that just petting a cat and enjoying their company can help calm a person and lower their blood pressure says Igor Purlantov.

Lower Cholesterol and Lower Triglycerides

People with cats have been shown to have lower cholesterol than those without.  One study even showed that having a cat was actually more effective at lowering cholesterol than taking certain medications.  Studies have also shown that having a cat can lower your triglycerides, something that is usually only achieved by exercising and eating fewer carbohydrates and processed foods.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety and Risk of Stroke

It has been repeatedly shown that having a cat can help reduce stress as well as provide many other psychological benefits.  Having a cat can also reduce your anxiety as simply petting a cat has been shown to be soothing and calming says Igor Purlantov.  Also, caring for a cat can help you take your mind off your own worries especially as you enjoy the unconditional love a cat provides. Having a cat can also reduce your risk of a stroke as one study found that people with cats cut their risk of stroke by one third.

Improved Mood and Reduced Depression

Simply interacting with a cat can improve your mood and help make you feel better in general.   Also, having a cat can help relieve depression since being around a cat helps take your mind off your problems and allows you to focus on something else including the unconditional love a cat offers says Igor Purlantov.

Help with Autism

There have been several studies where cats have been instrumental in therapy for autistic children.  Cats have also been shown to help children with other developmental disorders, especially cases where the child has difficulty with social interactions and communication.

Reduced Loneliness

Having a cat at home has been shown to help people that are feeling lonely, including those who are single or widowed.  Having a cat provides a connection and allows for someone feeling lonely to be able to spend time with another living being says Igor Purlantov.

Fewer Doctor Visits and a Longer Life

It has been shown that people with cats make fewer visits to the doctor and to hospitals in general.  Studies have also shown that when nursing homes allowed cats as part of their therapy, they had lower medication costs than other facilities without cats.

At the end of the day, there is clearly numerous health benefits associated with having a cat that can lead to a longer life says Igor Purlantov.  So, why not go out and adopt a cat from a local animal shelter, it may be the best thing that has ever happened to you and your new cat companion.