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3 Major Benefits of Having a Pet Cat

“Why would you ever get a pet cat?” This is a question that many people will ask. “What are the benefits of having a pet cat? Are there even any?”

Indeed, these questions are the most common ones that I received from non-pet owners, especially those that can’t stand furry animals around them. Now, I am going to answer these questions.

There are many benefits that a pet -and more specifically, a cat- will bring to you, but here are the 3 main benefits that you’ll get.

1. Cats can improve your health (physically and mentally).

There has been scientific research done that had proven that cats improving the health of humans is a fact, not a myth. The University of Minnesota, for an instance, conducted a 10-year study on over 4,000 subjects ranging from 30 to 75 years old. Results had shown that cat owners experience 40% less chance of experiencing heart attacks and have 30% lesser risk from heart disease-related deaths. It was speculated that this may be related to a decrease in average stress levels experienced by the owners due to the cats being a stress-reliever. (It was also stated that in this study, those who owned dogs did not seem to have these benefits brought about by cats!)

Another study is related to cats’ purr and how they aid in healing. Felids (inclusive of both domestic cats and wild cats such as cheetahs) emit purrs that are between 25 and 150 Hz; domestic cats are found to produce purrs at exactly 25 Hz and 50 Hz, which are the frequencies that promote bone strength. Vibrations and electrical frequencies that hospitals use to treat injuries such as bone fractures and muscle strains are also around these two frequencies. As such, having cats at home and listening to them purr is almost equivalent to taking medication to keep your bones and muscles strong and healthy!

2. Cats provide emotional support.

Cats provide emotional supportCats can recognize their owner’s voice and responds through moving their heads or flickering their ears. With or without this study, I will say the same thing from my own experience:

  • Jaguar and Monkey will turn their heads towards our direction when we call their names (or even mention their names in conversations not directed towards them).
  • Whenever we stroke Jaguar and Monkey (usually from neck to belly) while talking to them, their ears will flicker. If they stopped flickering their ears and their heads turned somewhere else, we know that they’re going to leave soon.
  • Jaguar and Monkey will meow at us whenever we walk towards them deliberately (and they are aware of it).
  • Jaguar and Monkey knows when a family member arrives home and when a visitor is here – if it’s a family member, they will walk towards the door; if not, Jaguar will run somewhere to hide while Monkey will jump up to somewhere that is above head level (around 2 meters or higher).

Whenever they respond to my actions, I feel a surge of joy. I know that they’re listening to me, and I know that they will not judge me, no matter what I share with them. Whenever they rub their necks around my feet or jump up and meow straight in my face, their very presence gave me the comfort and peace I need in this busy world.

3. Cats help us to develop into better human beings.

There’s a lot of things that we can learn when we have a pet, and you can find them all over the net, such as being responsible or getting enough exercise ’cause you have to bring them for a walk.

One thing that is exclusive to cats, though, is their solitary nature as compared to other pets (eg. dogs, hamsters, rabbits etc.). Sometimes, they just want to be alone, and if you bother them (especially if they are sound asleep) they won’t hesitate to give you a bite. I’ve been on the receiving end for quite a few times! Fortunately, Jaguar and Monkey don’t bite that hard.

The two major lessons I’ve learnt from them is as written:

  1. Be patient when it comes to approaching another person (or cat), especially if it is a stranger that you are approaching for the first time. Some people (and some cats) take more time to open up to others that they are not that familiar with.
  2. Respect the fact that everyone has their own solitary/private time and they do not like to be disturbed during this time. And yes, respect is not limited to humans only; animals are entitled to such respect too.

Back to the original questions……

“Why would you ever get a pet cat?”
“What are the benefits of having a pet cat? Are there even any?”

The answer is definitely YES! There are many benefits when it comes to owning a cat, and the three major reasons are improving our health, providing emotional support, and developing ourselves.

As for why I adopted Jaguar in the first place……my first cat left, and my dog was depressed. The vet that we took her to said that she was suffering from the loss of a close companion, so we decided to get another cat for her.

But that’s a story for another day.

If you have any questions that you want to ask, anything you wish to clarify, or simply want to express your thoughts and feelings, feel free to leave a comment!

8 thoughts on “3 Major Benefits of Having a Pet Cat

  1. Hi there Rachel and what a lovely looking cat you have as your main picture!

    I really love cats but hubbie is not too keen on them, mainly because the next door’s cat comes into our garden and kills the frogs when they’re spawning, which is this time of year, so at the moment, he is really anti. 

    But cats are wild animals and you can’t do anything about it. Even so, he gets really upset.

    Apart from that, I quite agree about the benefits cats have for us humans. They are beautiful creatures but we must remember, they are wild at heart and must be given their freedom. I would say though, that if I had a cat, I would encourage it to stay in at night. Next door’s cat has an open window day and night for her to get out and the frogs may have half a chance if the cat wasn’t around at night. (We know it’s her because we put a camera out during the night)

    I would love to own a cat but I would want one which doesn’t want to hunt all the time, a big ask! Do you know if some cats actually don’t like hunting?

    1. Hey ches!

      Your husband must be really into gardening if he dislike the cats next door causing a mess in your yard. Unfortunately, frogs jumping around is very similar to mice scuttling about, and that makes the cats really interested in them (perhaps a bit less because they’re slimy and wet). As you said, there is really nothing that you can do if your neighbours do not keep their cats in their own homes 🙁

      I definitely agree that cats need their freedom. As I live in a high-rise building, I am unable to allow my cats out to roam as freely as they want (even if I live on the first floor, I’m afraid that they don’t know how to return home). That is why we do bring them out for walks every few days. For your case, perhaps you can discuss with your neighbour about keeping the cat in the house at night until the frog season is over?

      Cats are natural hunters, and I have yet to come across a cat that doesn’t hunt. However, I do hear from other cat owners that teacup cats (cats that are so small that they can fit into a teacup, hence their name) are advisable if you don’t want them chasing other animals all around. Although the reasons are unknown, it is most probably due to their size and the way the trait is bred out of them.

      I’m really glad to see that you are interested in cats! However, I would caution you to read up about teacup cats before getting one. Their size makes them hard to take care of. Normal cats already pose a big headache to most owners due to their abilities to go missing within the house (sleeping in dark corners, hopping onto really high areas etc.). With a cat of a smaller size, it is almost equivalent to getting a hamster. Other cat supplies like collars might also need to be custom-made.

      With that in mind, I wish you all the best in finding a suitable cat for yourself and your family 🙂

      Rachel

  2. Hey great article, really interesting! I have 2 cats, a big Tom called Mowgli who is good natured and friendly towards humans (not so to little animals!). My other cat is a very noisy female Bengal, and she can be very demanding too! I love them both and I agree wholeheartedly with you that cats are good for your health!

    1. Hi Amanda,

      I have two cats too, Jaguar and Monkey. Jaguar is like your Bengal, demanding food all the time, while Monkey is very friendly towards human like your Mowgli but do bite when overstimulated.

      I’m glad to see another cat owner out there, and thank you for leaving a comment!

      Rachel

  3. Thanks so much for this wonderful article on the 3 major benefits of having a pet cat.

    I have had cats all my life and bonded closely with all of them so much so that my late cat Thai discovered my cancer and would have likely died had he not. He comforted me through all of my chemo/radiation treatments and without him I don’t know what I would have done.

    Cats truly are beneficial to humans. People just need to take the time to bond with them. Have you ever heard of any other cats that discovered cancer in their human companions?

    1. Hey Barb!

      I hope you are fully recovered now! You are blessed to have such an intelligent cat, and your cat is blessed to have such a loving owner. And I’m really sorry about the passing of your cat 🙁 If it makes you feel better, think of it as Thai being an angel coming to save you from your cancer, and now that he had completed his mission, it’s time for him to return home.

      There are definitely many examples of cats discovering caner in their human companions. Fidge and Sumo both found breast cancer in their owners, and I’m sure there are many more out there. Although I do not have any cats that discovered cancer around me, I do have know of a cat Milo which discovered a tumor.

      My classmate finally owned a cat after talking to her parents for a long time. After she got her cat Milo for about two months or so, Milo kept scratching the thighs of her mother. Her mother was very annoyed the days that happened until she started feeling a strange sensation during one of the scratching incidents and went to visit the doctor.

      She found out that a tumor had started growing not that long ago, approximated to be a few weeks before the cat arrived, and is in a very early stage. Think what would have happened if Milo did not scratch (and annoy) her constantly to bring her awareness to the thigh area!

      Cats are really amazing creatures, aren’t they? Thank you for sharing your story!

      Rachel

  4. My first experience of having a pet cat was when I was 12 years old. She was a normal brown looking fella, but she’s the sweetest thing I have in my life back then.

    If there’s anything I learned from my cat, it would be punctuality. She woke me up everyday at 6 a.m. sharp for school and demanded to be fed at 7 p.m. Her timing never fails in other activities too like playing or watching TV with me. The entire experience with her taught me to pay attention to time management at a very young age.

    1. Hey Cathy!

      Having a pet cat is sure to melt anyone’s heart~

      My cats are very on time too! They demand for food at 5.40 sharp and any later, they would start to nip our feet or scratch our legs. They also remind me that it’s time for bed when they head to their respective places to sleep for the night.

      I’m glad your experience with your cat has influenced you in a positive manner!

      Rachel

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