benefits of owning a cat

benefits of cat ownership

Research supports the idea that the companionship of a pet is good for a person's health

Studies have shown that Pet Owners:

  1. Visit their GP less often than non-pet owners and use less medication
  2. Have, on average, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels
  3. Recover more quickly from surgery and illness
  4. Deal better with stressful situations
  5. Are less likely to feel lonely
  6. Have social support and comfort, and have higher self-esteem.

There are psychological benefits also. The evidence shows:

  • school children are more popular if they are pet owners
  • children with pets have higher self esteem and a more positive outlook on life
  • pet owners report less depression and seem to cope better with grief,stress and loss
  • pets enhance social connectedness and conversation
  • pets are great care givers and keep us company when we are sick
  • pets make us feel safer when we are home alone