Cats are soft, warm and adorably playful. It’s no wonder they are the most popular pets in the United States. 88 million kitties are currently shacking up with American humans, as compared to 74 million dogs.
If you are in the market for a new furry friend, here are 15 excellent reasons to choose a fashionable feline companion – or two!
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1. They are good for the heart.
Owning a cat could reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to the University of Minnesota. A 2008 study found that cats reduce stress and anxiety, lowering your chances of having a heart attack by as much as 40%!
Cats’ purrs have been found to lower blood pressure, promote bone strength, heal muscle and ligament injuries, and decrease dyspnea in humans. Next time you overdo it at the gym, skip the ice packs and drape yourself in cats!
3. They are low maintenance.
Cats are naturally lower maintenance than dogs, requiring very little training. They innately know to use their litterbox, scratch their post, and avoid eating your favorite items.
4. They are independent.
Unlike dogs, cats often prefer to keep to themselves. While they certainly love their humans and appreciate their time together, they do not require walks or constant attention as many dogs do. This natural independence makes the cat the preferred pet of busy professionals.
5. They provide emotional support.
Cats provide a quiet, soothing presence when we need it the most. In fact, many cat parents are opting to have their feline friends established as emotional support animals to help them cope with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.