Physical, Mental, and Emotional Benefits
to Humans Who Live with Cats
While I'd like to be able to tell you that it’s all catnip and cream in the world of science, according to the medical literature, the effects that cats have on our health is still a matter of contention. (Just as I wrote that sentence, Noel arrived to curl herself up in my lap - see picture.) However, assessing this literature (both pro and con) turns up many flaws in experimental design, subject numbers, and even interpretation of results. The one most certain and consistent finding appears to be the reduction of incidence that cats exert when it comes to human cardiovascular disease.
Perhaps relatedly, the calming of blood pressure is another well-known phenomenon that cats enable. And the purring at vibrations of[masked] cycles per second well encompasses the 50 cps which is optimal for the healing of tissues and bone.
From mood enhancement, psychological support, nurturing stimulants, loneliness, and human companion substitutes, cats are capable of an inordinate amount of activities that influence us as humans. Indeed, activities that serve to make us more human. Anyone who has ever developed a long-term relationship with a cat intuitively understands these things and most would never again be without at least one cat in their life.
So, despite the conflicting research to date, those with companion cats (myself included) will always tout their anecdotal and empirical data to support a belief that cats are enhancing their lives.
In this session of Feline-Human Relations 101, we will discuss some of these research findings and attempt to integrate them into the vast array of our own experiences and the consistent experiences of others. I will propose that since human perception is reality (regardless of what science or anyone else says or does not say), cats are most definitely an important stimulus to our growth as human beings.
During the second hour in accordance with our meeting format, time will be available to address any questions or situations related to cats that individuals are experiencing and have brought to this group for advice and, where possible, resolution.
N.B. An excellent resource covering a variety of animals and how they enrich our lives can be found at the link below. Be sure to read the description box for each as well as looking at the pretty pictures!
Resource Slide Show: http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health
PLEASE NOTE: Much of the information presented in Feline-Human Relations 101 is widely accepted and practiced throughout the feline rescue community. Other recommendations are derived from the experience and knowledge of the instructor. However, in neither case are guarantees stated or implied that these methods will work 100% of the time.