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December 27, 2018 |3 min read |Veterinarian Reviewed

How Cats Help Keep Us Happy And Healthy

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If you’re looking for a solid foundation on which to build a successful life, what could be more important than your happiness and your health?

We’re blessed with almost limitless options when it comes to improving these two metrics, thanks to the incredible, modern world we live in, so it should be fairly simple to find ways to make life better.

Unfortunately, not many of us are good at slowing down enough to figure out what those things might be.
The same world that gives us amazing options to improve our lives, also distracts us with incessant social media notifications and 24/7 connectivity.

So how do you actually slow down and enjoy your life more?

Perhaps the best way of all to slow down and increase your happiness and level of health, is to get a cat.

Sounds too simple, doesn’t it?  

Luckily, science backs me up on this, as you’ll see below in the article and awesome infographic from Catological.


Cats Can Improve Your Heart Health

While having a kitty around will make your heart fill with love and joy, the kitty's presence may also make your heart stronger and healthier physiologically.

In clinical studies, scientists found cat owners to be 30 percent less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke, and individuals considered to be at high-risk for these problems lessened their risks considerably once they obtained a cat.

Not only do they positively impact the main driver of the cardiovascular system, but it’s also been found that people plagued by high blood pressure or cholesterol were found to have their problems lessened once a cat became part of their lives. In fact, some people had such dramatic changes to their blood pressure and cholesterol levels that doctors were able to decrease or even eliminate their medications, demonstrating the incredible healing powers cats possess.


Tell us about how your feline ones help keep you happy in the comments below 


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Christina Scamporrino is a lifelong animal lover and began working in the petcare space in 2019. Christina’s passion for the community of feline owners and enthusiasts have led her to designing premium packaging for PrettyLitter cat litter, PrettyPlease dry food, wet food, and treats, and a litter box designed to solve common litter box issues.

Outside of her professional work in the petcare space, Christina is a longtime kitten foster and has worked with several cat rescues throughout Southern California. When given the option, she favors orange cats, but loves all cats equally.


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Sara Ochoa, DVM graduated from St. George's University Veterinary School in 2015. Since then, she has been at a small and exotic animal practice in Texas. In her free time, she loves making quilts and spending time with her husband Greg and their 4 fur kids. Two dogs, Ruby a schnoodle, and Bug a Japanese Chin, one cat named OJ and a leopard tortoise named Monkey.

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