The first reason: to keep the heart healthy
Scientists at the University of Minnesota have found that being close to cats can reduce the risk of heart attack by up to a third. The study lasted ten years. During this time, 4.43 thousand Americans aged 30 to 75 took part in it. Among them, 3 thousand people were cat owners. Observations showed that mortality from heart attack among the latter was 30% lower. A year later, these findings were confirmed by another study. Scientists have found that having a cat reduces the risk of not only heart attack, but also other cardiovascular diseases. In particular, stroke. It's all about the amazing ability of these pets to relieve anxiety and stress. As a result, blood pressure in people is normalized, cholesterol levels and heart rate decrease.
Reason two: to get rid of depression
The presence of a cat not only positively affects our well-being, but also helps us cope with everyday difficulties. This was confirmed by 76% of participants in a survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation Research Center. Cats distract their owners from gloomy thoughts and cheer them up. In 2016, the Animal Relations Research Institute (HABRI) conducted a similar online survey among 2,000 people. As a result, 74% of respondents reported an improvement in mental health after interacting with animals. While stroking a cat, the human body begins to intensively produce oxytocin. It is also known as the hormone of tenderness, love and trust. This creates a sense of calmness and reduces tension. Even the usual viewing of a video with the participation of "fluffy nuns" can fill with energy and get rid of negative emotions.
The third reason: to normalize sleep
Кошки - это эффективное и безвредное снотворное, которое подходит практически всем. Британские исследования и опросы показали, что многие люди предпочитают делить свою кровать с ними. Если кошка находится в комнате, скорее всего, сон будет глубоким и умиротворенным. К таким выводам пришли врачи из клиники Мэйо, расположенной в Аризоне. Они опросили 150 пациентов, которые страдали расстройствами сна. Выяснилось, что 41% респондентов рядом с домашними животными чувствуют себя более защищенными и лучше спят. К тому же кошачье мурлыканье перед сном хорошо расслабляет и быстрее погружает в состояние сонливости. И все же не стоит забывать, что кошки - это ночные животные. Пик их активности может приходиться на темное время суток. Чтобы избежать нежелательного пробуждения, лучше надеть специальные беруши для сна и оставить дверь в комнату приоткрытой.
The fourth reason: not to feel lonely
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The University of Vienna and a group of scientists led by Kurt Kotrshal from the Konrad Lorenz research station have proven that cats are excellent companions. They observed the behavior of 41 individuals. Contrary to popular belief, cats have proven to be highly social animals. They become attached to people, and especially to women. In addition, cats can provide emotional support, remember kindness, and willingly return it to their owners. Scientists from the University of Oregon also conducted an unusual experiment. They deprived animals of food, toys and human society for several hours. After that, they were given the opportunity to choose: 50% of cats preferred communication with people to other temptations. It is interesting that not only domestic cats, but also shelter cats participated in the experiment. They did not know these people until the moment of the study.
Fifth reason: to keep your bones stronger
Pleasant feline purring not only relaxes and soothes the nerves. Scientists at the Institute of Animal Communication in North Carolina have found that it strengthens bones and activates their growth. This feature allows cats to survive falls from great heights and recover faster. The vibration of a cat's rumbling affects the human body in much the same way as ultrasound treatment. It launches healing mechanisms. Purring at a frequency of 25 to 150 Hz promotes healing of wounds and fractures, accelerates tendon repair and relieves pain. Another study was conducted last year by the staff of the Volgograd State University. While the volunteers were watching the cats, the scientists measured various indicators: blood pressure, pulse, cardiogram. By the end of the experiment, almost all of them decreased by several units and returned to normal. At the same time, the effect of purring on young men turned out to be less noticeable.
The sixth reason: so that children do not get sick
Ironically, cats can protect a child from developing asthma and allergies. They are able to reduce sensitivity to wool, dust mites and pollen from flowering plants. This discovery was made by employees of the American National Institute for the Study of Allergic and Infectious Diseases. The main condition is that animals must be present in the house from the first months of a baby's life. In December, Swedish scientists published another interesting study. It was possible to prove that the ability of the body to produce antibodies directly depends on the number of cats. The more of them, the higher the chance of avoiding the development of allergies. In addition, cats are beneficial for children with autism. In such families, autistic people are calmer and easier to establish social bonds. Scientists from the University of Missouri and the University of California at Davis are sure of this.
Reason 7: to feel smarter
Cat owners are smarter than dog owners, according to a Carroll University study. Scientists studied the personality traits of 600 college students and tested their IQ level. During the experiment, each of the participants talked about their favorite pet. Dogs were preferred by 60% of the subjects. About a third of the students reported that both animals are treated equally. At the same time, only 11% of respondents chose cats. As a result, it was they who demonstrated the highest IQ. At the same time, "cat-lovers" turned out to be more withdrawn and sensitive. They like to be alone, read books more often, ignore the rules and are ready to defend their position to the end. Earlier, a similar study was conducted by psychologists from the University of Texas. They studied the personal qualities of more than 4.5 thousand people and came to the same conclusions.
Eighth reason: to prevent danger
History knows many cases when cats saved people. For example, they are the first to sense carbon monoxide and can warn their owners of the danger. Scientists at Oregon State University have shown that cats have a very sensitive sense of smell. Due to their natural characteristics, they distinguish much more odors than dogs. According to researcher Christine Vitale Shreve, with the right approach, cats can be taught a lot. They are able to detect the presence of explosives and chemicals, find people under the rubble and detect diseases in the early stages. This is confirmed by cases from real life. In September, a UK domestic cat brought a bag full of drugs to its owner. And Missy, a cat, has twice "diagnosed" cancer in 45-year-old Englishwoman Angela Tinning in the past few years.>