Cats For Health. Part 2.

Hello again everyone and welcome to part 2 of reasons that cats are actually good for our health.🐈😺  Whether it’s for physical health or mental health, cats are a good pet to have around.😽 Plus they are excellent pets for small places or apartments.  And, they can give us something that no other kind of pet can give.  They purr.  And that is not a minor thing either.  I already mentioned that a bit in part 1, but we will see even more this time.

Muffin getting a catnap on her bed by the window.

A cat curled up on your lap purring can actually help to relieve worry and stress.  But it can also take away sadness and make a person much happier.  And it has now been proven that purring also helps us physically.  Purring actually helps to heal broken bones, tendons and muscles faster than they would normally.  How does this happen?  Apparently it has to do with the purr vibrations which are between 20 and 140 hz.  Plus, we naturally feel better emotionally with a cat purring and that in itself can aid in faster healing.

Muffin’s computer pal, Leya.

Cats can be of real benefit to children with autism.  These children are less anxious and more calm while petting a cat.  Plus, those with a pet cat have improved social interaction.  Cats are good for our health in so many different ways.  Cats help people to relax.  They help people to sleep better, especially if the cat sleeps with you.  And in children, exposure to pet dander and fur gives greater resistance to allergens, thus reducing the risk of allergies and asthma.   These health benefits just keep purring in!

Muffin’s boyfriend, Scrappy.

Having a cat can help to boost a person’s physical energy levels and make us feel much more positive.  They also help to decrease any bad feelings a person might have.  Due to giving us added energy they also help us to tackle tougher tasks than we would normally want to do.  Cats can help us cope during times of great loss, such as losing a loved one.  People find that during difficult times talking to their cat helps them to work out their feelings better than talking to another person.  Why?  Because a cat won’t talk back, they are not critical or judgmental.

Muffin getting ready for nap
Muffin getting ready for a nap. Hey, it’s the only time I can get a picture of her.

Cats can also help people deal with chronic pain much better.  Cats can sense emotions.  If you are sad, they will often try to make you happy by playing or just acting silly.  If you are sick, they will try to comfort you by staying close to you and purring more.  And there is much more that can be said, but I will leave it at this for now.  But as you can see, there are many health benefits in having a pet cat.  I hope everyone is having a pawfect day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin ( who is diligently watching to make sure I don’t make any mistakes).

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

Insulator Adventures Part 3.

Hi to everyone on this fine autumn morning!  Nice to go outside with a cup of coffee again without freezing.  Of course it’s not really light until about 7 am now.  It was like this at 4 am before.  Days are getting so short.  On the plus side, the colors are coming out so nicely now.  Except down by the river.  Not much color there yet for some reason.

The water is rising in the river again so these rocks are underwater now.

Anyway, back to our insulator adventure.  Dad and I finally made it to our destination, or perhaps I should say, the beginning of our destination.  So we decided to sit down and have an early lunch before heading out to look for those insulators.  Dad needed to dry out a bit anyway.  Good thing it’s a warm day, I said, you should be able to dry out nicely.   Dad just looked at me.   You sit here, I’m going over there to sit.  How nice.  Doesn’t even want to sit close to me.  You’re not going to sit on that log, are you, I asked?  Naturally, said dad, good place to sit.  Could be bees in that old log, I said.

The autumn path.

Too fresh and solid, he replied.  Um, maybe you shouldn’t sit there anyway, said I.  Just toss my sandwiches, and gently, said dad.  So I did.  And he caught them for a change.  Then it happened.  Suddenly dad jumps up and drops his sandwiches.  Then he starts yelling and dancing around.  Good thing no one is around to see you, I said, this is embarrassing.  I’m covered with ants, dad yelled!  Not surprising, you put your foot right on top of their little home, I said.  At this point dad was ripping his pants off.

Continuing down the autumn path.

What are you doing, I yelled?!  Dad didn’t say anything, he was too busy trying to wipe ants off of himself.  Why didn’t you tell me about the ants, asked dad?  I did try to warn you, but you didn’t listen, I replied.  BONEHEAD!  Strange that he would be enjoying this. For my new readers, dad used to say bonehead a lot when we were together.  I finally figured it must mean he was enjoying himself.

Busy on the river yesterday.

One of dad’s sandwiches was covered with ants.  Just scrape them off, I said, they are likely clean critters.  Dad just looked at me.  Somehow I don’t think he believed me.  Dad sat down on a small rock and asked me to carefully toss his thermos of coffee to him.  So I did.  Dad bent over right at that moment to look at something on the ground.  THUNK!  Right on his head.  Knocked his glasses off.  He got up quickly holding his head and moaning.  NO, be careful, I yelled!  Guess it startled dad and he sat down very suddenly. Guess he forgot that he was sitting on a rock now.  So he yelled again.  At least he isn’t rubbing his head now.

Relaxing by the river.

Then he asked what was wrong.  I didn’t want you to step on your glasses, I said.  You didn’t have to yell, he said.  I’ll help look, I said.  NO!! Stay where you are, he said.  Dad just sat there looking around.  There they are, I said, over by the ants.  Good, go get them, he said.  Me?  It was your fault, he said.  I’m not sure how it was my fault.  You really should be more careful with your glasses, I said walking over to him.  That’s when I tripped.  Dad’s eyes got real big.  He was pouring his coffee at the time.  He knocked the cup on the ground, coffee ran down his leg.  Dad jumped up again.  At least he didn’t dance around this time.  And he kept his pants on.  BONEHEAD, said dad.  I’m glad he’s happy anyway.

Guess there will have to be another part.  I hope everyone has a great day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

Cats For Health, Part 1.

Hi everyone on this sunny and warm autumn day!🌞🍁🍂  What beautiful weather we are having right now.  It is very unusual to get temperatures this warm past the middle of September.  But it certainly is nice!  I am enjoying it very much.😎👍  Though I have actually heard people talking in our coffee shop and complaining about the hot weather.😲😳  Amazing really.  Oh well, guess I’m different.😂😹 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.  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.😃😺IMG_8719

Muffin😼🙄 has been wanting me to do a post on cats for some time now.  And since I don’t enjoy having sore feet all the time😳😹🙄, I decided now would be a good time to get this done.  At least my feet think it’s a good idea anyway.🤔😀  So, what we want to look at, are reasons why having a cat in the house is good for your health.  These are not just random ideas, but have actually been proven through various studies.  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.  Having a cat around can actually make it easier to cope with daily stress.  They actually lower our stress levels.  Just having a short petting session with a cat is enough to release chemicals in our body that help to decrease stress and anxiety.  Plus, the purring of a cat will help to reduce stress as well as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Having a cat around has also been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes.  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.  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.  The secret there is having the cat around right from birth to be a help to your child.  It can help to toughen up a baby’s immune system, in particular against respiratory diseases.  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.  But as you can see, having a cat for a pet is good for your health.  By the way, dogs are also good for your health but in some different ways.  Other animals are not quite so beneficial.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

Sunny Days…A Poem.

Hello everyone on yet another beautiful and sunny day here!  I am certainly enjoying this little break from our cold autumn weather that we had previously.  I know the cold will be coming back soon, but right now I plan to enjoy this summer like weather while it is here.  And on that note comes this little poem that I hope you will enjoy.

Sunny Days

Golden beams of warmest sun,

Tickle my face, so much fun.

Soft and smooth as silk to me,

Radiant beams, oh so free!

I enjoy a nice sunny day,

Whether to rest or perhaps play.

Sunshine is best for a nice walk,

Or sit by the lake on a nice rock.

I feel great on a sunny day,

Though others grumble in dismay.

I like summer with all it’s heat,

While others do hide in retreat.

In this land with hot days so few,

Enjoying them is what I do.

Bask in the sun, soak up that heat,

For me I find this is a treat!

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

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