Cats For Health, Part 1.

Hi everyone on this sunny and warm autumn day!πŸŒžπŸπŸ‚Β  What beautiful weather we are having right now.Β  It is very unusual to get temperatures this warm past the middle of September.Β  But it certainly is nice!Β  I am enjoying it very much.πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘Β  Though I have actually heard people talking in our coffee shop and complaining about the hot weather.😲😳  Amazing really.Β  Oh well, guess I’m different.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ή Just as a bit of a disclaimer, I am not in any way suggesting that people get a cat for a pet if you already have allergies to cats.Β  However, if you are not allergic to them, then a cat just might be a good choice for a pet, if you are looking for one.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊIMG_8719

MuffinπŸ˜ΌπŸ™„ has been wanting me to do a post on cats for some time now.Β  And since I don’t enjoy having sore feet all the timeπŸ˜³πŸ˜ΉπŸ™„, I decided now would be a good time to get this done.Β  At least my feet think it’s a good idea anyway.πŸ€”πŸ˜€Β  So, what we want to look at, are reasons why having a cat in the house is good for your health.Β  These are not just random ideas, but have actually been proven through various studies.Β  Now, some of these things would also apply to having a dog as a pet, but others are specific to cats.

Muffin with her favorite pink camouflage ping pong ball.

So, let’s get started with this important topic.😸😻😽  Having a pet cat can have a positive impact on mental health.Β  Having a cat around can actually make it easier to cope with daily stress.Β  They actually lower our stress levels.Β  Just having a short petting session with a cat is enough to release chemicals in our body that help to decrease stress and anxiety.Β  Plus, the purring of a cat will help to reduce stress as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Β  Having a cat around has also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes.Β  Cat owners are less likely to have a stroke than other pet owners too.

Muffin getting her chin rubbed.

People are often concerned about allergies when thinking about having a pet.Β  But, it has now been proven that children that have a cat around in their first year of life are less likely to develop allergies of all kinds.Β  The secret there is having the cat around right from birth to be a help to your child.Β  It can help to toughen up a baby’s immune system, in particular against respiratory diseases.Β  Children with a cat in the house will have fewer infections and respiratory problems.

Muffin relaxing.

Hmm, I will keep it there for now and share the rest in part 2.Β  But as you can see, having a cat for a pet is good for your health.Β  By the way, dogs are also good for your health but in some different ways.Β  Other animals are not quite so beneficial.Β  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β© 2019 Steve McLeod.

73 Comments on “Cats For Health, Part 1.

  1. So true about having a cat…they are beneficial for one’s well being…even if we are wrong about it, cats are just so cute and cuddly !

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  2. Such a great blog post, Steve! Thank you for making Muffin the spotlight tonight. I couldn’t agree more about the therapeutic benefits around owning a furry friend. We adopted a cat earlier this year because I was majorly depressed and was struggling with suicidal tendencies. Timon the cat has helped me quite a bit, as he brings me a lot of joy these days and seeing Rebecca play with him makes my heart happy. She absolutely adores this cat ❀

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    • Thanks for reading Hilary! Cats are indeed the best pet for any kind of mental health issues and have been a great help to many that have depression. Having a cat curled up on your lap purring can do wonders. But just having one around, even if there isn’t much close interaction is beneficial. Kids and cats can be fun to watch for sure. I hope you have a wonderful day Hilary!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ±

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      • I had a childhood cat growing up and she didn’t like me very much. I begged my parents for a cat because I was so lonely as a kid, and this is the cat they got for me. She was a gorgeous cat but very mean and nasty to people. They finally let me get a dog many years later and because the dog was so friendly, I found this dog to be a good fit for me. For depressed people, I recommend getting a friendly animal who likes to snuggle up to you. πŸˆπŸ•πŸ

        The cat we have now is super friendly (we got lucky) which is probably why I like him so much, compared to the mean childhood cat who wanted nothing to do with me. 😭

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      • I agree with you, a friendly cat is what would be most helpful for any kind of mental health issues. A person has to be very careful when adopting an adult cat as they may have issues from their previous owners. That was Muffin’s problem and they didn’t tell me at first. I’m glad I stayed with her though. But a friendly animal is much more helpful.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜Έ

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      • Ironically, my childhood cat was a kitten when we got her. We bought her from the breeder. They held onto her because she was the prettiest one of the litter they said, but they had to sell her, so we got to keep her.

        Timon on the other hand, was adopted from the shelter in Calgary. He was a stray for most of his life. Now he is 2 years old and he hasn’t been with us for very long (since April). They say that adult cats are more ideal for toddlers as opposed to kittens so that’s why we got an adult cat. Timon is literally the happiest cat ever and the friendliest cat I know. And apparently when he underwent surgery, they said that he was the happiest, most playful sedated cat they’ve ever seen. I guess being an indoor cat is luxury to him and he’s just happy to be alive and loved πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

        I am sorry that you had issues with Muffin in the beginning. I’m happy that you stayed with her and didn’t give up. And now she’s become internet famous on Steve’s Country, who would have thought? 🐈β™₯️

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      • Yes indeed, adult cats are better with toddlers.
        Muffin was an abused cat, that’s why the problems at the beginning. It took a few months of patient working with her, but what a beauty she has become!
        Another oddity, male cats are often better for girls/women than female cats, doesn’t seem to matter for guys.πŸ€”πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΈπŸ˜»

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  3. I couldn’t imagine life without cats. When my Sam passed away last year I was heartbroken and I’ll never find another cat like him. We had such a strong bond! But I still have 2 others that need me. πŸ™‚ And don’t tell them but I think I need them too.

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    • Thanks so much for reading Michelle! Cats do make wonderful companions and we can get very close to them. And they are a big help to us also in so many ways. They probably already know you need them! Have a wonderful day Michelle!😁😺😸

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  4. Hi Steve and Muffin. This is fun! Anything for the purrrrr….
    God bless the animals.
    How is your back today? Glad to see you are in good spirits despite the pain. Laughing is more fun than crying, no? Hope you rest well. 😊
    See you tomorrow!

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    • Good morning Nina! Yep, Muffin said it was a purrfect post.😻😹😽
      My back seems worse today than yesterday.πŸ˜• Does that, feels like it’s getting better, then wham, back to the beginning.😳 But there is improvement though. Yes, laughing is better.
      Thanks for reading Nina! How’s the garden?πŸŒΌπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ All finished or still growing a bit?πŸ€” I hope you have a wonderful day!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒžπŸπŸ‚


      • Well keep laughing, Steve! Garden is good thank you for asking. Keeping me busy getting ready for fall planting. Working on a new videoβ€”will post soon…
        Ok, give Muffin a scratch from me!😊😺

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      • Storms are over, sun is shining again and Muffin is out and about once more. She doesn’t like those thunderstorms at all. Extra scratch? Will do. Enjoy your gardening!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒΌπŸ…πŸ₯•πŸ₯’πŸŒ½

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  5. Hey Steve! Yes having a cat is really fun. They are a perfect partner to make you laugh and keep you active with their cute attitude and possessive meow’s and sometime that dont care attitude ✨☺️.. That’s why i love Cats there is now one girl cat around is now and she is a great hunter, i often see squirrel hairs and pigeons, no idea where she hunts all her food.πŸ™„πŸ˜€… Nice post Steve, waiting for next post….

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    • Hi Simon! Yes, cats can be a lot of fun to watch, especially when they are just acting silly! They are also very good at keeping unwanted critters away from the house. They are really an all around great pet! More to come!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ˜Έ

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  6. Hola lovely Steve, i have a cat and even if she hates me, i like her, the cat has some super powers to make people calm, they also can be super funny and active, but somehow they feel when people feel bad and they come to lay down next to them withπŸ’š

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    • Hey Ilona! Thanks for stopping by to read this morning! I’m sure Leya loves you, she just likes to fight, some cats are like that.😻😼 You’re right, cats know when we are sick or having a bad day and they come to us to comfort us. That’s coming up in part 2.πŸ˜€I hope you are having a great day!πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸ˜ΈπŸπŸ‚


  7. Awe, I fell in love with Muffin right now, so so lovely post Steve.
    I am allergic to cats, but we had and still have cats on the farm. I love them…
    I have dogs too, and yes, I am absolutely agree with you😺
    I wish you a nice day.
    Take care.

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  8. Cats are the most amusing and delightful creatures! I love both cats and dogs, however, cats are my choice of pets. I think both cats and dogs are good for one’s health and well-being. They are good companions and something to care for and cuddle. It’s unfortunate some have allergies to pets. β˜•οΈ

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