A Cat For A ‘Hooman’: 4 Reasons Why Cat Is The ‘Purrfect’ Pet (Scientifically Proven)

Researchers found that even by watching cat videos online can create a boost of positivity in our life, so it is a no brainer that cat owners will have tons of benefits. These are five of them:

1. A healthier heart

Owning any pet is good for your heart as cats in particular lower your stress level. This is possibly since they don’t require as much effort as dogs and the less amount of anxiety in your life. Petting a cat has a positive calming effect.

One study found that over a 10-year period cat owners were 30% less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners (although this might just be because cat owners are more relaxed and have lower stress in general).

2. No girlfriend or boyfriend? No problem!

An Austrian study conducted in 2003 found that having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. As well as initiating contact much of the time, studies have shown cats will remember kindness shown to them and return the favour later.

But cats really do have the upper hand in these relationships. After thousands of years of domestication, cats have learned how to make a half purr/half howl noise that sounds remarkably like a human baby’s cry. And since our brains are programmed to respond to our children’s distress, it is almost impossible to ignore what a cat wants when it demands it like that.

3. Say bye-bye to insomnia

Several studies and polls in the UK have found that people (especially women) prefer to sleep with their cats than with their partners, and they even report sleeping better with a cat than with a human.

A recent study from the Mayo Clinic Centre for Sleep Medicine indicates that they might be on to something: 41% of the people in that study indicated that they slept better because of their pet, while only 20% said that it led to disturbances.

4. A ‘purrfect’ therapist

Losing a loved one is incredibly painful, but one of the best ways of coping is to own a pet. Cats have been shown to help people get over their loss more quickly, and show less physical symptoms of pain, like crying. Despite the fact that they are only animals, cats serve as a social support during difficult times.

People in mourning talk to their pet to work out their feelings, since it is often easier to talk to something that won’t respond and can’t judge than to another human being.


  • Nur Qamarina Hamim adalah pelajar Fakulti Filem, Teater dan Animasi.
  • Dr. Mohd Syuhaidi Abu Bakar adalah Pensyarah Kanan, Fakulti Filem, Teater dan Animasi.

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