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Science Says Being a Cat Person May Be Good for Your Health

Most of us are huge fans of cats and would play with them for hours. And it’s no wonder we love them so much! After all, they can be good for us and our well-being and can even make our lives healthier and happier.

Bright Side is here to share all the positive effects cats have on us and maybe by the end of the article, some of you will become cat people.

1. Cats can help heal bones, tendons, and muscles.

Hearing a cat purr is a really nice feeling because it means your furry friend is comfortable and happy, but that same purr can also have healing effects, according to this study and this infographic, which explains it in a more simple manner.

To sum things up, cats purr at a frequency of 20-140 Hz and the study above suggests that frequencies between 18 Hz and 35 Hz have positive effects on our joints after an injury.

2. Cats can improve your mental health.

This study, which was conducted in Australia, shows that cat owners tend to have much better psychological health than people without pets. They claim to be more happy, confident, and less nervous. They also face problems in life much better.

3. Cats can reduce your stress and anxiety levels.

Our cats can play a big role in stress-relief by doing something as simple as laying on your lap. Just petting them can make you feel much better. Additionally, the research says that even 10 minutes of petting a dog or cat can have a positive effect on your stress and anxiety levels.

4. Cats reduce the risk of heart disease.

If you were sold on the fact that cats help reduce stress, just wait — there's more! These furry pals can also lower your risk of developing heart disease, according to this study.

So, cats aren't only good for your mental health, but your physical health as well. We keep getting more and more convinced they really are a special species.

5. Kitties help you sleep better.

You may think that sleeping with your cats is a bad idea because they're nocturnal creatures. That might be true, but not all cats are like this and according to this article, having your pet with you in your bedroom offers a sense of security and relaxation.

Furthermore, this study shows that out of 46 people, 41% of them reported sleeping better while in the same room as their pets and described their furry playmates as beneficial to their sleep.

6. Cats can fulfill your need for companionship.

According to this article, cats and their owners can develop a true connection that goes beyond just feeding the little furballs. They're more likely to respond to their owner's needs if the owner has responded to their cat's needs in the past.

7. Cats protect kids from allergies.

This study found that children under a year old who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop allergies. And not just pet allergies, but also common allergies such as sensitivity to dust, grass, and more.

We're sure a lot of our readers have cats at home, so we ask you to share any cute pictures of them you have, just in case people need more convincing to adopt one!