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We all know that having a dog can help you to be healthier because you must get out and walk them every day, which in turn makes you more active.
However, can having a cat make you healthier?
I say yes!
I am a huge believer that being healthy is more than just about the physical – I believe that to be truly healthy, you must have a balance between physical, mental, emotional, and social health. I personally feel that my baby girl Harlee (a 10 year old ASPCA rescue) helps me keep some of that balance in my life.
5 Reasons Having a Cat is Good for Your Mental Health:
1. There is always someone there when you get home – Harlee takes this one a step further and is always waiting at the front door when I get home. Probably because she always wants to be nearby, but I love knowing that when I open the door she will be right there.
2. Cuddle Time – Having someone to snuggle with is the best, and pets provide great cuddle buddies. Harlee loves to snuggle up on my legs for an episode of Orange is the New Black or Walking Dead before bed, and having her there is comforting and calming.
3. A Wake-Up Call – You can’t lie around all day when someone else is depending on you. Cats may not need to be let out in the morning, but they do want to eat. I know if I am not up and moving around, Harlee will come in my room screaming (yes, it really does sound like she is screaming) for food around 7:00 or 8:00 am. She loves her Meow Time and can’t wait to be fed! This gets me up and moving on days I am lacking motivation, which in the end makes me feel better about my day overall.
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(Harlee is waiting patiently for her food while I bust out some Meow Mix jingle moves.)
4. Protection – Okay, so a cat may not keep you safe from burglars, but they can take out bugs like nobody’s business! I love that Harlee kills most of the bugs before I even see them. Trust me, fewer spiders improves my mental health.
5. Gives You Responsibility – Knowing you are responsible for someone else can help you feel important, which ups your mental health. I know that I am the only one taking care of Harlee and that she relies on me for her food (and affection) everyday. Our love of food and mealtime is something we have in common, and it makes feeding her fun.
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How do you and your pets enjoy mealtime, or should I say – Meow Time?
Do you think pets can help your mental health? How so?