Meow Monday: The Benefits of Owning a Cat

Handsome man kissing and holding a cat

If you’ve been thinking of adopting a kitty, now is the time! June is Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month and HSNEGA is offering pawesome adoption fee specials to help our feline friends find a forever home! Need more reasons than a reduced adoption fee?? Well, here are just a few benefits to being a cat owner:

1. YOU’RE SMART!

A study of  pet owners found that people who owned cats tended to be smarter than their dog loving counterparts, both in terms of IQ score and overall level of education. It’s probably not the cat itself making you smarter, though. The researchers conducting the study said smarter people tend to work longer hours, and since cats require less attention than dogs, they are a better choice for the busy intellectual.

2.  HELPING YOU COPE!

Losing a loved one is incredibly painful, but one of the best ways of coping is to own a pet. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly by serving as a social support during difficult times. People in mourning report talking to their pet to work out their feelings.

3. FIND HUMAN LOVE!

If you’re a single guy and can’t seem to get a date, get a cat! A poll found 82% of women agreed they’re more attracted to men who like animals. And a whopping 90% of single women said men who own a cat are “nicer” than other guys. It seems women buy into the stereotype that cat owners are more sensitive and thoughtful, so listing you own a cat on your dating profile could do wonders for the number of responses you receive.

4. HEART HEALTH!

Owning any pet is good for your heart, but cats in particular lower your stress level—possibly since they don’t require as much effort as dogs—and lower the amount of anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive calming effect. One study found that over a 10 year period, cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners.

5. COMPANIONSHIP!

The stereotype that dogs are more affectionate than cats is just that: a stereotype. In fact, it turns out that cats can be just as good companions as dogs, especially for women. A Swiss study found having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. As well as initiating contact much of the time, studies have shown cats will remember kindness shown to them and return the favor later.

6. A REFLECTION OF YOUR PERSONALITY!

Owning a cat tells people a lot about your personality. While dog lovers tend to be the life of the party, cat owners are quieter and more introverted; however, they score very highly when it comes to how trustworthy they are and how much they trust other people.

Even if you can’t adopt, you can still help out by giving your time to volunteer or foster, making a financial donation of funds or supplies, and networking for rescued animals by sharing posts from HSNEGA about adoptable felines. For starters, share a link to this post!

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