Category Cats

Cats. Why do we love them so much?

People who consider themselves animal-lovers have very strong feelings for their pets. There’s a reason why dogs are called “man’s best friend” and why pet parents consider these companions members of the family.

December is Cat Lover’s Month, and here we explore the special bond that cat parents have with their feline. What exactly makes us love them so much?

  1. There’s an ancient connection. Research suggests that humans and cats first connected about 9,500 years ago and Egyptians believed that cats held divine energy.  The relationship started when cats discovered food in human settlements. The cats ate the rodents that destroyed the food. It was a win-win for both.
  2. They’re unpredictable. Because you’re never quite sure what a cat is going to do, or how they’ll act, when your  cat does respond the way you want, it makes you feel chosen and special.
  3. They purr.  Although purring in cats can happen both in contented and stressful situations, humans most often hear a cat purring when curled up on a lap or getting ear or chin scratches. Although no one knows exactly how they do it, to a cat-lover, purring is the most rewarding sound your cat makes.
  4. They’re quirky. Is your cat a comedian full of goofy antics? Some cats, especially kittens, have never-ending energy and amuse us with their acrobatics. Does your cat knock things off of shelves? Or sit in boxes?  And why do all of the toys end up under the couch? All of these quirks just endear them to us more.
  5. Let’s face it. They’re adorable. Some scientists theorize that because of their large eyes and round face, cats remind us of human babies which make us want to take care of them.
  6. They choose you. Head-bumps, or “bunting” is the cat leaving behind pheromones which mark you as being theirs.
  7. They’re good for your health. Studies show that people who own cats have a lower risk of dying from a heart attack. In a survey from the United Kingdom, 93.7% of those surveyed said that owning a cat was good for their mental health. Yet another study showed that children who live with multiple pets have a lower chance of developing allergies.
  8. They make good friends. Cats are great listeners and never share your secrets. They entertain us, comfort us and provide companionship. When they sit on your lap and let you pet them, they’re also a great stress reliever.

If you’re a cat-lover, take the time today to hug your cat (if they’ll let you).

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