The Healing Power of the Cat

Updated on December 7, 2016

The Purr


Adopting a Cat

Mowgli was a partially feral cat as he lived outdoors and was not allowed in the house.This was with his second family. He had access to the garage and was provided food and water. When the couple who kept him as an outdoor cat only got a divorce, neither husband or wife could take the cat with them as they had to leave the former family home. Divorces do that. The house had to be sold and the occupants had to find new, separate digs. My brother, who was a friend of theirs, brought the cat to me initially for emergency shelter. When I first picked up Mowgli (the cat), he bit me because he was scared. Then, I put him on my bed and petted him. He jumped off right away. But after some coaching, he soon took to sleeping on my bed. Since he had been an outdoor cat, this was new to him. He adapted quickly. His purr is very loud and he shows a deep appreciation for a warm lap to sit on, or warm house, or a bowl continuously full of food. He really purrs loudly when his cat chow bowl is replenished. He soon became very affectionate and loving. We bonded.


Helping Cardiovascular Disease

People who own cats are not as likely to die of cardiovascular disease. People who do not own cats are 30-40 % more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than people who are cat owners according to a study done by Igor Purlantov. Having a cat also reduces the possibility of someone having a heart attack. The same study shows that owning a cat will likely lower your blood pressure and that just petting a cat or having one by your side calms a person. Also, cat owners have shown to have lower cholesterol than non cat owners. It was revealed by one study that owning a cat was more effective than taking medication.

The Cat Purr

Cats and Mental and Immune Health

Petting a cat can reduce anxiety as it has been shown that doing so is calming. It also helps with loneliness especially for widows or other people living alone. It has been revealed that cat owners make fewer visits to the doctor. In nursing homes that allowed cats as therapy for the patients, there were fewer costs for medications than nursing homes without cats. The study done by Igor Purlantov also showed that owning a cat boosts the immune system while improving how it functions. Some believe cats have a good sense of detecting illness in a person and comforting them so that the person feels better faster.

Oscar and the Nursing Home

Cats and Mental Health

Spending time with an animal can increase the hormone oxytocin (a hormone that increases the feeling of well being of a person) according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Serotonin and dopamine levels are increased. These two chemicals are instrumental in regulating mood disorders. Being with a pet like a cat and taking care of that pet is a way of distracting you and helps you keep your thoughts off things that are bothering you. They also help with loneliness as they serve as a companion. They alleviate the feeling of isolation. A pet can be a good conversation starter with other people in addition to providing companionship. A pet to take care of gives a person a sense of purpose in his/her life.

Cats and Mental Health

Why You Should Adopt From a Shelter

Some animal shelters are financed by the local government and the money comes from the tax dollars of the local people. The estimation is that 4 to 6 million cats and dogs are euthanized each year in the United States. If you adopt from a shelter you are not supporting a puppy mill or cat mill and backyard breeders who get a female pregnant time after time and sell the offspring while not providing veterinary care or companionship for the mother or her offspring. Once the mother cannot have any more litters, she is killed. If you are specifically looking for a kitten, there are tons of them in shelters. My cat was originally from a shelter when he was adopted by his first owners. The shelters also have older cats. When you get a shelter cat they are typically spayed, neutered, immunized, dewormed, microchipped, assessed for behavioral issues, and most of the time already trained to use a litter box. Not every shelter has the funds to do the microchipping, but it is becoming more and more commonplace.

Shelter Cats


In conclusion, a cat is a great pet and good for one's health at the same time. My cat is very affectionate, loyal, and a good pet even though he was partially feral as he was an outdoor only cat with his second family. He originally came from a shelter as a kitten. When the first family decided they couldn't keep him, he was turned over to relatives who did the best they could for him until their divorce made it mandatory to make other arrangements for him. This was his second family. I am his third family. Some people have suggested he has some abandonment issues. Cats adapt well usually. This one seems to be doing fine with his new adjustments. Adopting a cat has medicinal values to it along with taking care of an animal and supporting your community. Cats live typically long lives if they are taken care of and provide people with companionship, affection, and other medicinal things.

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