by Debbie Lanham
Many pets are spending the holidays in shelters instead of in a warm fur-ever family home. Here are some wonderful reasons to consider adopting this Christmas:
CATS ARE GOOD FOR YOU
Becoming a cat owner is good for your mental health. Psychological reports suggest that cats can reduce loneliness, while providing unconditional love and fellowship. In 2019, a group of researchers from Washington State University gathered 249 students and found while petting cats will reduce cortisol levels, it also may ramp up levels of the so-called feel-good “love hormone” oxytocin.
CATS ARE LOW MAINTENANCE
Cats enjoy your company, but they also love a little "me time" and like their own space. That makes them a low-maintenance pet that's ideal for busy animal lovers. Provide the best cat food and fresh water, keep a clean litter tray, leave out some stimulating toys, and show them plenty of affection. Everyone wins!
CATS AND KIDS GO TOGETHER
Cats can help children learn about caring for animals, social skills, and routines – especially if they help out at feeding time. Studies show that younger cats, in particular, become affectionate with the children in the family. This fur-ever friendship will bring years of comfort to your children.
CATS CAN KEEP YOU ACTIVE
Young cats enjoy playful interaction, galloping around the home and climbing up their cat condo. They encourage you to get up and want to play too! This produces a range of health benefits, both physical and mental.