There have been a lot of studies which surfaced showing that watching cat videos on the internet can boost a person's energy and create positive emotions—so it's no surprise that actual cat ownership has a number of benefits. Here are a few to educate you.
OWNING A CAT IS A LOT BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.
It’s better to own a cat than a dog. A 2009 study found that the resources needed to feed a dog over the course of its life create the same eco-footprint as that of a Land Cruiser. Surprised? Neither were we. Meanwhile, cats—which eat less in general and are more likely to eat fish than corn- or beef-flavored products—only have the approximate carbon footprint of a small hatchback.
CAT OWNERS ARE SMART
A 2010 survey of British pet owners by the University of Bristol found that people who owned cats were more likely to have college degrees than their dog loving counterparts. In 2014, a researcher in Wisconsin surveyed 600 college students and found that cat owners were actually more intelligent as well. (But it's probably not the cat itself making the owner smarter: The researchers conducting the Bristol survey said that smarter people tend to work longer hours, and since cats require less attention than dogs, they are a better choice for the busy intellectual.)
THEY HELP YOU COPE
Losing a loved one is incredibly painful, but one of the best ways of coping is to own a pet which many studies has shown. Cats have been there 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.
Several studies and polls in the UK have found that people who owns cat/s (especially women) prefer to sleep with them rather than their partners, and they even report sleeping better with a cat than with a human. Surprising isn’t it? A recent study from the Mayo Clinic Center for Sleep Medicine indicates that they might be on to something: 41 percent of the people in that study indicated that they slept better because of their pet, while only 20 percent said that it led to disturbances.
THEY REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY
Having a cat around you can actually trigger the release of calming chemicals in your body which lower your stress and anxiety leves. Cats are known for being super low-maintencance and a simple petting session is usually enough to make both you and your cat happy.