Scientists are discovering increasing ways that cats can improve our health and well-being. Just 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with a cat can calm your nerves and boost your mood.
A 20-year study found that people who owned a cat were 40% less likely to die from a heart attack.
There is actually documented chemical evidence. When you spend time with a cat, your production of serotonin, a chemical that boosts feelings of well-being, goes up, and your cortisol levels go down. Cortisol, along with high blood pressure, is a result of stress. In turn, both of these can lead to high cholesterol and hypertension. This means that spending time with a cat can keep you healthier in the long run.
Luckily, boosting your mood and lowering your stress levels can be as simple as interacting with your cat. And with Persian cats being impressively more affectionate calm and less likely to scale your walls. There is no better choice!