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.
CATS KEEP YOU YOUNG
According to Harvard, mental stimulation keeps your mind fit and helps stave off cognitive decline – keeping you young for longer. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology found a link between cat ownership and a reduction in death from myocardial infarction (aka heart attacks), as well as other cardiovascular diseases (including strokes).
CATS NEED A FUR-EVER HOME
Buying a cat from a breeder can be costly, and often you will have to pay for neutering/spaying and vaccinations. Domestic Animal Services in your county will provide all of this through the adoption fee, as their priority is safely re-homing their furkids.
CAT ADOPTION SAVES LIVES
Every cat that gets adopted from a cat shelter or rescue charity is a cat's life that you have saved. Plus, taking your new cat home frees up more space for other cats in need of care and adoption. Remember that a cat is a family member. Your furbaby will need medical care just like every family member.
Keep your furkid healthy and happy and the entire family will enjoy years of unconditional love! Meowy Christmas and Happy Mew Year.