For years, “Crazy cat ladies” have been portrayed as eccentric old ladies who are overly nuts with a house full of cats. And what first come in my mind when I think of this are Big Edie and Little Edie of Grey Gardens.
The crazy cat lady is a common, recognisable trope in contemporary culture, who owns many pet cats. They may have problems relating to other human beings, and may substitute cats for personal relationships with other people. You may view them as an older hermit of a woman, living a life of solitude with her many feline friends.
However, a recent study is to debunk that theory. The research, published in Psychological Medicine says that there is no link to ownership of a cat and psychosis some time later in life. It has shown shown that people, especially women over the age of 50, benefit greatly from owning pets. Cats even prove more beneficial than dogs, though that may have to do with the personality of these cat lovers.
Cats have been shown to improve the lives of their care takers, even improving the physical and mental health of their owners. According to the National institutes of health single women over 50 are usually routine-oriented, home-based individuals who like their quiet down time, a cat is a perfect match.
“The Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 60 million people in the United States may be infected with the Toxoplasma parasite through all means, including cats,” says David Haworth, doctor of veterinary medicine, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities, “but very few people show symptoms because a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness,” NBC News reports.
The study also revealed that owning a cat can lower your stress levels, which in turn will have a knock-on effect on your risk of cardiovascular disease. Owning a cat can actually lower ones risk of various heart diseases, including stroke, by around 30 percent. here have also been studies based on how cats improve depression and anxiety by giving their owners a sense of purpose and responsibility improve confidence, and keep them company.
Dr. David Haworth also says that actually, cats do the opposite of making people sick. They can actually make people healthier and improve people’s lives. He encourages people to forget what they’ve heard all these years about crazy cat ladies and instead, think being a cat lady is healthy. When your day has you stressed out, don’t reach for that glass of wine, sit down and pet your cat. The short and long term benefits greatly outweigh other modes of decompression.
As a conclusion, cat obsession makes you healthier. Cat lovers are smarter and much more sensitive. Owning a cat is good for your ticker and also helps to stress less. Cats also keep loneliness away and they may prevent allergies.
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