Good news for all you cat lovers out there. Literally, your pet can heal you.
A lot of media came out with the story that cats can cause mental illness, so we decided to stand in defense of our little furry friends, who bring a lot of joy for many of us.
In fact, it is about the parasite ‘’toxoplasma gondii’’, which could be one of the triggers of mental disorder, and even schizophrenia. However, this theory is new and controversial. How much this parasite is dangerous it will be seen from future researches and here we will deal with other studies that have shown that cats are definitely keepers of our health.
A research conducted at the University of Minnesota found out that people who have cats have a lower risk of heart attack. After 10 years of research, it was shown that cat owners have 30 percent lower risk of stroke, compared with people who don’t keep pets.
Reducing the risk of a heart attack by 30 percent it is a big deal and that’s why we have to defend our pets. Cat owners have lower blood pressure, lower stress levels and lower heart rate.
Not only that they reduce the risk of a heart attack, cats also stimulate the secretion of oxytocin in the brain. This hormone is important because it causes pleasure and it is also called the hormone of love and happiness. The secretion of this hormone has a healing effect on the human body.
Cats also stimulate the secretion of serotonin and dopamine, which reduce stress and stabilize the work of our immune system.
Different studies have found that cats have a positive impact on a whole range of mental and physical disorders. For example, Purr cat owners less frequently suffer from depression, have lower blood cholesterol and rarely go to the doctor.
When cats are purring they make vibrations whose frequency is between 20 and 140 Hz. It has been proven that those vibrations have a therapeutic effect on people. And it is also interesting that they strengthen the bone structure.
Another study, conducted by Dr. Karen Allen from the State University of New York, showed that cats are more effective in reducing hypertension caused by stress, than the drugs that are prescribed for this purpose.
The study was performed on a group of brokers, whose occupation involves daily exposure to stress and are suffering from hypertension. The group was divided in two parts. The one part adopted a cat or a dog and the other part was without a pet. To all of them was prescribed lisinopiril, which is used to prevent hypertension, caused by stress. After six mounts the results were stunning. Brokers from the first group had half the increase of pressure when they were exposed to stress, than the brokers from the second group. So, the conclusion of the study was that cats are more effective than the drugs that are prescribed for this condition.
The psychological effect that the cats have to people shouldn’t be ignored. Studies have shown that cats and their Purr have a positive impact on the man’s psyche by reducing aggression, increase empathy and promote learning ability.