There’s an almost religious discussion going on between dog and cat people. We all heard quite a lot of funny, silly, and even scientific arguments revolving around the ownership of these beloved pets. Many people obviously believe that a person’s pet preferences reveal something about their personality. A legitimate argument can be made, that all of them show signs of a serious narcissistic dilemma. Until now, none of the parties involved could land something of a final and devastating blow.
So here comes a pretty new study involving at least 600 college students that has been conducted by the Carroll University in the US. Guess what they found? Something that clearly qualifies as a game changer for many, as the test found that respondents who preferred cats to dogs scored more highly on IQ tests. Ouch!
Yes, that surely does make cat owners feel like they could sail a ship on dry land. To make matters worse for the dog-lovers among us, the latest research also correlates with an earlier study conducted by the Bristol University in the UK. According to them, households can be directly linked to a certain qualification and degree level making it less likely for dog owners to hold a degree anyway.
But there’s no need for you to rush out and buy a cat in the hope it’ll make you any smarter. Apparently there’s a much stronger connection between the personality traits of dog and cat owners and the lifestyles of each group. So the Bristol researchers were only talking speculative about the nature of people. If you are more highly qualified and work longer hours, you in turn tend to have a more low-maintenance pet like a cat.
The Caroll study on the other hand suggests that dog owners were more likely to be lively, energetic, outgoing and follow rules obediently — and that sounds pretty, well, doggish.
Cat lovers again were far more likely to resemble the introverted non-conformists, and overall were being more open-minded and sensitive than dog fanciers.
All of it is what it is (maybe it’s pure hocus-pocus) but then there’s one more ‘quality’ people associate with cats: Are the furry roommates good for our health, too? To put it simply, yes, research has indeed shown spending time petting a cat can reduce people’s heart rate and make them feel calm and happy. The study has shown that the frequency of a cat’s purr — being in the range of 20–140 Hz — is at a level corresponding to “vibrational/electrical frequencies used in treatment for bone growth/fractures, pain, edema [swelling], muscle growth/strain, joint flexibility, dyspnea [breathlessness], and wounds.”
This has been solidified by a study out of the Stroke Research Center at the University of Minnesota. They found that the stress-reducing properties of owning a cat can result in lowered risk of heart attack or stroke, or even developing heart disease. The study was done over a 10-year span and the results seem to speak for themselves. Those who did not have a cat had a 40 per cent higher risk of having a heart attack and a 30 per cent greater risk of dying from other heart diseases.
Cat owners have a lot going for them and apparently feel a lot of good vibrations (unless they have an allergy, of course), but do all the others need to stress if the rental agreement clearly states, that cats are not allowed? I’d say, why not turn the healthy purr into a business opportunity? Open up a place or let’s say a Café where people can cuddle cats and embrace the lovely hands-on experience?
Now that the cat is out of the bag, you probably have a lot to chew on thanks to all the recent studies proving cats (and cat owners) are somewhat superior to people around them.