Cats: The Other Man’s (and Woman’s!) Best Friend

Cat veterinarianDogs, considered man’s best friend since Frederick II, King of Prussia, referred to one of his Italian greyhounds as his best friend, well deserve such devotion; dogs have been a part of man’s life since, well forever, as worker, helper, and friend.

Lurking in the background, however, is another furry best friend to both man and woman and that is the cat.  There are some who think cats are pretty worthless; they lay around, sleep all day, and won’t come when called; but underneath these lackadaisical loners there are many reasons why many are glad to call a cat their bff.

Here are just four of them :

  1. Cats help children and adults with anxiety and depression by reducing stress and even lowering their blood pressure by offering unconditional love, creating a sense of responsibility and routine as well as distraction.
  2. Cats purrs have a frequency between 25 and 150 hertz, which, some studies have shown, improved healing of bones and muscles and may provide help to some humans.
  3. According to a University of Minnesota study, cats can reduce the likelihood of having a heart attack by 40%.
  4. Cats are hilarious when playing; it’s impossible not to laugh! Laughter is known to boost immunity, reduce stress and even pain.

Besides a plethora of magical healing abilities, cats seem to have other therapeutic talents as well. A few grateful folks credit their cats as the reason for a much-needed about-face in their lives, others have found these furry creatures “valuable when interacting with Alzheimer’s Disease patients, by stimulating both memory and forgotten emotions.”  And even more, they make great foot warmers in the winter!

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