Good news for lovers of cats – your pet literally heals you!
Research conducted at the University of Minnesota, found that people who have cats also have a lower risk of heart attack. After 10 years of research has shown that cat owners have a 30 percent lower risk of stroke compared with people who do not keep these animals.
Reducing the risk of heart attack by 30 percent is not a joke and indeed we have something to thanks to our pets. The cat owners have lower blood pressure, lower stress levels and lower heart rate than those who do not keep a cat.
In addition to reducing the risk of heart attack, cats stimulate the secretion of oxytocin in the brain. This hormone is important for the body because it causes pleasure and is also called the hormone of love and happiness. Its secretion has a healing effect on the human body.
Cats also promote the secretion of serotonin and dopamine, which reduces stress and stabilize the operation of our immune system.
Various studies have found that cats have a positive impact on the whole range of mental and physical disorders in humans. For example, cat owners suffer much less from depression, have lower blood cholesterol levels and rarely go to the doctor.
Cats, when they spin, they create vibrations with frequencies between 20 and 140 Hz. It has been proven that such vibrations have a therapeutic effect on people, and it is interesting that they strengthen the bone structure.
Another study, which was recently conducted by Dr. Karen Allen of the State University of New York, has shown that cats are more effective in reducing hypertension caused by the stress of the drugs that are prescribed for this purpose.
The study was performed on a group of brokers, whose occupation involves daily exposure to stress, all of which are suffering from hypertension. The group is divided into two parts, each has adopted a cat or a dog, while others have lost their pet. Lisinopril therapy is prescribed to all, which is used to prevent stress-induced hypertension. After six months a review of the results were stunning. Brokers from the first group had half the increase in pressure when they were exposed to stress than those in the second group, which is the conclusion of the study was that cats are more effective than an inhibitor that modern medicine prescribes for this condition.
Neither the psychological effect of cats to people is not negligible. Studies that have addressed this issue have shown that cats have a positive impact on the psyche of man by reducing aggression, increase empathy, promote learning ability.