Weird Nature The Most Exciting Medical Benefits of Owning a Cat  

Ashley Reign
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List Rules Vote up the health benefits you had no idea came with cat ownership.

Though you may have heard vague mention of the health benefits of having a cat, have you ever wondered if there was any truth to the claim, and, if it's true, what exactly the benefits were? Well if so then you’ve come to the right place to get the skinny on all the medical benefits of owning a cat, which range from physical to mental and beyond! Whether you’re considering adopting or currently share your home with a furry little friend and are want to know about the health benefits your cat is constantly showering upon you, this list is just what you need.

Gathered here are some of the coolest, most exciting, and just plain interesting cat medical benefits that science has unearthed so far. Looking for an immune booster? As it turns out, Fluffy may provide the same benefits as a multi-vitamin. Feeling a little depressed? Get ready to meet the cutest serotonin boosters on earth.

In essence, do cats improve your health? You bet and you’ve come to the right spot to discover just how they do it.
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Cat Purrs Promote Healing of Bones and Soft Tissue


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Believe it or not, studies are now showing that the purr of a cat can serve as far more than simply a delightful acknowledgement of your furry little companion's approval. As it turns out, when a cat's purr is within 20-140 hertz, nearby humans are scoring all sorts of health benefits. Kitty purrs can do everything from helping to strengthen bones to promoting the healing of soft tissue injuries.
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Therapy Cats Can Be Trained to Detect Seizures


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Though cats are a less common a choice for a therapy animal than dogs are, studies are now showing that cats are great at this job too. More are more studies are showing that cats can not only detect when their owners are about to have a seizure, but that they can be trained to warn their humans of the oncoming attack. No one knows quite what gives kitty kind this unique ability, but scientists guess it has something to do with their ability to detect biochemical scents.
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Kitty Kind Can Improve Mood and Reduce Depression


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Who can resist the allure of a purring little bundle of love? Perhaps it comes as no surprise that owning a cat has been linked to increased serotonin production, which both reduces the risk of depression and makes life a little happier all around.
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They're All Around Awesome for Your Mental Health


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"There has never been a better reason for cat ownership than the bonding and emotional companionship that they bring," says Sandi Laird, an animal care director at the Texas no-kill shelter Operation Kindness. "The evidence is not only in my firsthand encounters with clients, but also in many reports detailing their positive influence on pet mom and dad's mental health."
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