5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Being a Cat Owner

Most cat owners will tell you how much joy their felines bring them.  Whether you are the proud owner of a fluffy lap cat who loves being cuddled and brushed, or a gentle and shy tabby that enjoys quiet time, sharing your life with a cat can bring so many benefits. But did you know that owning a cat is scientifically proven to improve your health? It is true! At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs we want to celebrate our love for felines by highlighting five scientific facts that show how amazing cats are and the positive impacts they have on our lives. We hope you find this article helpful!

1.       Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

Recent reports have found that by owning a cat, a person can significantly lower their risks of getting heart disease, including stroke by a staggering thirty percent.  

2.       Heal Bones, Ligaments and Muscular Tissue

Did you know that when your cat purrs – usually indicating it is happy and content – scientists researching the healing properties of frequencies, found that frequencies can help to promote bone growth, fracture healing, and inflammation, if they are between twenty Hertz and one hundred and fifty Hertz. Frequency readings within this range are often referred to as healing frequencies.

3.        Reduce Anxiety

Did you know that cats can help trigger our body in to releasing calming chemicals that help to reduce our levels of stress and anxiety? This is true! Many cat owners who feel stressed often report on feeling calmer after stroking and cuddling their four-legged friends. Stroking your cat can act as a catalyst for the body to then create oxytocin, a hormone that decreases the stress hormone cortisol. So, the next time you are feeling stressed, try sitting down with your cat and spend some quality time together to help calm you down.

4.     Relationships

A report carried out by pet behaviour specialist, Dr June Nicolls, discovered that humans were more likely to be attracted to a potential partner if they owned a pet. One report discovered that a staggering ninety percent of single women viewed men with cats as more loving and caring than those men without a feline in their lives.

5.       Less Allergies.

In 2002, the National Institutes of Health published a report that discovered infants under one years of age –  who made contact with a cat  – reduced their risk of developing allergies.  

As reported by Marshall Plaut, M.D., at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he stated that, “high pet exposure early in life appears to protect against not only pet allergy but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy to dust mites, ragweed, and grass.”


We hope you found this article helpful. Owning a cat has been scientifically proven to improve our physical and mental health. From reducing the risk of heart disease to improving our wellbeing, there are so many benefits associated with owning a cat. At Country Boarding for Cats and Dogs, we love cats and run a leading luxury cattery in Hertfordshire. If you are interested in boarding your feline with us, then please use the quotation form to request availability and we will reply with an accurate quote