I have simple advice for anyone who is in a slump: get off your couch, head to the nearest shelter, and adopt a cat.
Seriously. Go adopt a cat! I mean, really… who doesn’t love a kitty? Not only are they cute and cuddly, they are scientifically proven to make life better.
Before I dive into the scientific facts, I have to share my story. When I was 23 and going through some things many 23 year-old women go through, I found myself lost and lonely. One very cold February afternoon, I was leaving my apartment to go to study and was greeted by a very handsome kitty– a Siamese-mix, to be exact. He scurried up to me and wouldn’t leave my side, so we walked to the leasing office together. To make a long story short– he became mine. My apartment complex was sweet enough to let me keep him without paying a deposit or pet rent (thankfully because hellooo, broke college student over here). He was too gorgeous to leave alone, so on that frigid February day, I wound up becoming a cat mom. Eleven years later, I still have my little fur baby (even though they tell me he’s a senior kitty now). Life wouldn’t be the same without him. His personality certainly keeps us on our toes! As do the snuggles. I simply can’t get enough.
If my story isn’t reason enough to get a cat, listen to the experts! Here are some of my favorite reasons why you should own a cat, according to science:
OWNING A CAT MAKES YOU SMARTER
I mean, I may be biased, but I definitely agree with this. Researchers at the University of Bristol in the UK found intellectuals tended to be cat owners, as reported by The Telegraph. Though having a cat may not lead to a smarter owner, those who are intellectually bright tend to own cats. Because they require much less attention than dogs, cat-owners have more time to focus on their work or studies.
YOU’RE LESS LONELY
Cats are excellent companions. TIME reported that “research to be published in the journal Behavioural Processes” proved that having a cat around is very similar to having a relationship. Cats remember your kindness and return the favor (albeit in the form of cuddles, but who doesn’t love that?).
CATS KEEP YOU HEALTHY
Owning a pet (no matter cat or dog) can keep your heart happy and healthy, but owning a cat leads to lower stress and less anxiety. As reported by Medical News Today, A study conducted at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute over the course of a decade found that cat owners are less likely to succumb to strokes or heart attacks by thirty percent – that’s reason enough to get to your local shelter and find a pretty kitty to keep you company!
THEY’RE GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Owning a cat leaves a smaller carbon footprint, compared to dogs. Cats tend to eat a lot less than a dog does over the course of their lives and produce a carbon footprint close to that of a Volkswagon Golf, according to a New Zealand study conducted by authors Robert and Brenda Vale in 2003, as reported by The Seattle Times. If you’re eco-friendly, a kitty might be the perfect pet for you.
Do you own a cat? If so, how does that precious little kitty make your life better? Share with us in the comments! And make sure to download Hey! VINA
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