CATS make me happy. Whenever I see that furry little face looking up at me with her big amber eyes, when I see her curled up on the sofa with her paws over her eyes, when she pushes my hand to show me she wants petting and when I watch her chasing a screwed up piece of paper across the floor like a whirling dervish, I feel happy. I immediately feel my stress levels subside.
We know there are lots of health benefits of owning pets. Here are a few:
1. Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
2. Reduce risk of heart attack
3. Improve your immune function
4. Decrease chance of developing allergies
5. Help prevent asthma in children
5. Reduce blood pressure
6. Lower triglycerides
7. Lower cholesterol
8. Reduced risk of stroke
9. Reduce stress
10. Reduce anxiety
11. Improve your mood
12. Help with depression
13. Help with autism
14. Reduced loneliness
15. Fewer health care visits
16. Longer life
Occasionally, though, cats show us that we make them happy too. Here's a little clip for you. The human is speaking in Portuguese but we can all understand the cat!
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