Cats are one of the most common and popular house pets. Those cuties have been proven to be beneficial especially on a psychological level.
In this article, we’re going to go through some of the facts you probably don’t know about cats, that will either help you to adopt one or make want to.
The cat is a domesticated species of carnivorous mammals that belong to the family Felidae.
It has been associated with humans for 10000 years (old friends huh).
Cats are predators, they’re known to have quick reflexes, sharp teeth and claws, as well as some significantly sharper senses compared to humans such as sight and smell, which helps them adapt to the environment.
Their hunting mainly focuses on small prey. Here are some facts about cats.
They’re not THAT mean!
People mistakenly think that cats are solitary animals. They’re not. Cats are known to be very social and communicative. They communicate through sounds such as meowing, purring…etc. As well as a very meaningful body language. They can also communicate chemically through the release and reception of pheromones, a chemical that triggers social response in the same species.
They’re not hard to tame!
Many people often hesitate when it comes to having a cat live in their house because they think it might be too much trouble.
Cats, however, are fast learners. It takes them a considerably short time to get used to the house, to know where is what, what to do, and what not to do.
All you need is patience, to follow a smart guide, and avoid the mistakes that will make your pet acquire some bad habits.
The psychological benefits of having a cat around?
Cats are very intelligent companions, they’re fun to play with.
Yet, what you might not know is that they have been scientifically proven to have tangible and measurable benefits.
Cat owners suffer less from stress than average.
Also, when experiencing the loss of a loved one, cats were shown to help people cope with the pain.
Cat owners show fewer physical symptoms of pain. Cats also help with the need of companionship for single people.
Cat owners are smart! TRUE BTW
Studies have shown that cat owners are more likely to have college degrees than dog owners.
Which can be explained by the fact that cats require less care than dogs but that’s not it.
A study in Wisconsin in 2014 showed that, among college students, cat owners are more intelligent.
Cats are always a good choice, but there are some things that you need to take into account when thinking about having a cat.
Cat allergies are very common. Some of us have sensitive immune systems that will react to harmless things as if they were a threat to the body.
This is not necessarily a cause for you not to adopt a cat, but if you have cat allergies, which you can figure out with your doctor’s help, or simply by noticing if the symptoms are showing when you’re around a cat.
Some of the symptoms are:
Sneezing or coughing, itchy nose.
Itchy or/and red eyes.
Red skin when scratched by a cat.
If you notice at least one of those signs when interacting with a cat, it is probably not recommended for you to have one.
Your cat can also transmit some dangerous diseases. It’s very necessary to maintain healthy hygiene when you adopt a cat.
You must also have your pet regularly checked and medically treated if necessary.
Some infections are very hard to treat once they are carried in your house.