Before we even know it’s happening, cats find their ways into our hearts and homes. With sweet, inquisitive meows, they weave between our ankles, gaze into our eyes, and seem to dispatch ancient truths about existence (naps are the secret). Some people are just “cat people” and know implicitly the value of cat ownership. Other folks might be intrigued but really don’t know what all the fuss is about. We are so happy to be able to share what we know so far about the incredible experience of cat ownership.
Made for You
This blog focuses on the many ways we can impact the lives of our pets. Between proper, complete nutrition, daily enrichment and exercise, disease prevention, and dental care, there are so many ways we can influence the health of the cats in our care. Amazingly, though, by making a difference in the lives of the cats we live with, we are improving our own lives.
In This Together
The benefits of cat ownership can range between subtle and sublime. It sort of depends on the cat, your lifestyle, home environment, and what you put into the relationship. If you want a really tight bond with any animal, you must prioritize their needs, show patience and dedication, and put in the effort to meet them where they’re at.
Cats need to feel safe, secure, respected, and valued in order to trust people and their home life. It can take time to build trust, but when a cat feels confident with their person, the benefits of cat ownership are far-reaching and deeply-felt.
Cat ownership has been proven to boost mood, improve cardiovascular health, and decrease stress. The simple act of hanging out with a frisky feline can reduce social isolation and increase feelings of connection. How does this happen? The production and release of oxytocin, the love hormone associated with soothing nerves, reinforcing social bonds, and relaxation, is the primary reward of cat ownership. The cuteness can actually prevent a heart attack!
Wait! There’s More
Also, early exposure to cat hair and dander can actually mitigate the development of allergies. When consistently exposed to particular triggers, infants and toddlers that live with cats are less likely to experience allergies to cat fur and dander. This means that the more people live with cats from an early age, the more likely they’ll be to live with cats throughout their entire lives.
Living with cats has also been linked to helping individuals with autism and their families.
Cat Ownership for the Win
Playing with a cat is one of life’s greatest joys. They are typically ecstatic to show off their acrobatic skills, demonstrate their hunting prowess, and regale you with various tricks. In turn, you’ll find yourself laughing, rooting for them, and forgetting about all your troubles.
If you have questions about the best way to care for your cats, give us a call at (704) 523-2996. Our veterinarians and staff members are always here to help you and your cat at Long Animal Hospital and Emergency Center.