I come from a cat-loving family. I think all of my siblings have had a cat in their life at some point, which is why they give me such a hard time for having a dog. I actually like cats a lot but am allergic to them. I still thought it would be a good idea to write an article about the health benefits of cats.
First off, if you own a cat you have a lower risk of developing diseases, including cancer. There was a lot of research done in the past that claimed cats could lead to brain tumors in humans. More recent research has shown that this is incorrect. In fact, having a cat in the home can lower your risk of cancer. They believe it is because cats help to reduce stress.
Second, newborn infants that are brought into a home with cats have fewer respiratory issues. This carries into adulthood. It sounds crazy, I know. But it's true! Many folks have allergies to cat fur but the research has shown if a newborn is exposed early, their body acclimates to the antibodies that are created by the cat exposure. Pretty cool, huh?
Finally, folks who have cats tend to have fewer mental health issues than folks who don't. There's something about those little balls of purring fur that relaxes the mind. Again, they think this has to do with reducing stress levels.
I did find one potential health risk to owning a cat. Pregnant women should be very careful that they do not come in contact with the litter box. It can lead to something called toxoplasmosis which is bad for the baby and the mom. If you are pregnant and have cats, make sure someone else is on litter box duty.
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