Today is the day — Cat lovers around the world celebrate with affection and appreciation over the felines in our lives. It seems to us that cats must have a darn good publicist. We did a post not that long ago about Hug Your Cat Day and on October 29th every year, it’s National Cat Day. Still, we enjoy any good reason to celebrate kittens and cats, so let the love fest begin!
We had fun searching the web for cute cat videos and cats with lots of Instagram followers, but before we share those links below (what a great way to perk up a Monday!), this seemed like a perfect time to point out why hanging around with cats is good for you.
If you are a cat person, studies reveal that you are among the happiest, smartest and healthiest people in the world. In fact, researchers have consistently shown that (unless you’re allergic) having a cat in your family gives an undeniable boost to health and happiness.
Just the purring sounds alone can have healing effects.
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota showed that people who owned cats were nearly 40% less likely to die of a heart attack than those who had never owned a cat. According to psychiatrist Greg Fricchione of Harvard’s Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, when you have a secure attachment to a cat or dog, your brain is rewarded with biological changes such as reducing anxiety, blood pressure and overall stress levels. Cats can also sense when owners are sick and will often keep them company. This can heal what ails you even sooner.
Cats can make wonderful companions, providing assorted emotional benefits — including preventing loneliness, fretting and depression. If you’ve ever spent time with a cat, you’ll probably admit that just hanging out with him improved your mood.
And, according to the ASPCA, cat ownership is cheaper than dog ownership. You could save from $300 to $800 a year — maybe more — by opting for a cat over a dog.
Ok, enough singing the praises of the health benefits of having a cat in the family. If you’ve never participated in “Caturday,” you’re in for a treat! Cats are a non-stop source of humor on the internet!
Here are a few of our favorite cats on the web:
The “Dear Kitten” commercials from Friskies:
Maru Playing with a Box
Cat Meets His Reflection
Nala, the most popular cat on Instagram (3+ million followers)
Have fun celebrating your favorite cats and kittens. We’d love to see pictures. Post them on the Pet Pleasers’ Facebook page.
P.S. Our family cat, Mr. Muggles, is the white kitty in the collage at the top of this post.
Carole Tomas is the owner and president of Pet Pleasers, Inc. She is a graduate of Ohio University and a Charter Member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. When she began Pet Pleasers in 1985, business was conducted Old School via a landline, snail mail and an answering machine the size of a breadbox. No internet, email, text messaging, digital photos, social media or mobile phones! What has remained constant over three decades: Carole’s love of animals and an unwavering passion for professional pet sitting.