The Cat as Part of Your Life
There are days when you wake up at the wrong side of the bed. Your alarm did not ring, and the whole day is spent catching up. As you run yourself ragged on errands and projects, your old car goes caput. When the tow truck pulls away your car as well as your patience, it is about time to retire for the day. The levels of stress and frustration have hit an all time high. It is a good thing that when you reach home, your top fans Tom and Kitty are there to welcome you. Ever since these two amazing cats have arrived in your home, so far, you have not experienced an uneventful day.
Even if you feel weak after what has occurred during the day, you manage to find your way to your room while Kitty does her customary habit of quickly rubbing her body against your leg. When you drop your bags and settle in, Tom jumps on your lap so you can scratch the back of his ears and neck. This is when your body and breathing begin to relax. Your shoulders release all the tension. You smile with ease. Soon enough, you and Tom are enjoying the quiet time together. During these moments, the things you have been thinking of have flown away from your mind and your stress levels have plummeted, liberating you from the negative emotions that have built up in the last 10 hours.
Don’t you believe in a cat’s capability to do all this? Well, it is the truth. According to studies, stroking a cat for a number of minutes actually releases “feel good” endorphins inside the brain and produces tranquility in the person who strokes the cat. Petting on its own, though, is not the only thing that relieves stress. Loneliness or the feeling of isolation aggravates sadness and depression. Pets give unconditional love and companionship. As an example, when you lose a spouse, or kids have left for school, it can be overwhelming to be left home alone. However, with a Kitty or a Tom to accompany you while reading the newspaper, you can overcome loneliness. Just by being around, cats can complete your day and home as well.
Taking care of a cat can be comforting and fulfills the humans’ need to be caregivers. Shopping also take on another dimension when you own a cat. You need to add cat food, toys and litter to your cart. You can imagine the fun in store for your cats when you buy new toys and treats. Cats are fond of exploring the contents of that shopping bag or that intriguing closet. You can brighten your mood when you use a kitty fishing pole or feather wand in interactive cat play. You will smile and laugh like you never thought you could.
Studies have proven that support of family and friends is vital in protecting our health. Pets help maintain our healthy emotional balance when treated as family or friends. Owning a cat adds to that sense of family, contributing to a healthy emotional balance. For this reason, pet owners are confined in hospitals less often than non-pet owners. If ever they are hospitalized, pet owners stay for a shorter time. They have every reason to get well. Their cat is at home, waiting for them.