Three reasons we love cats

Over a century ago, Charles Dickens once said “What greater gift than the love of a cat?”- little did he know how true that statement is. Science has now proven the many health benefits of being a cat owner. We checked out these three reasons to love cats:

  1.  Cats help us sleep better. A study showed that cat owners were less likely to take medication for sleeping problems than non-pet owners.
  2.  Cat owners are heart healthy. Another study showed that people who own cats are less likely to take medication for cardiovascular disease than those without pets.
  3.  Cats are furry stress busters.  Researchers found that when we pet our cats, our body releases oxytocin. Oxytocin has anti-stress effects and can also decrease blood pressure.

If you are looking to bring a kitty into your household, please consider adopting a cat from The Little Cats Rescue in Port Richey. All of the adoptable cats are healthy, spayed/neutered, and are current on appropriate vaccines. The adoption process involves an application, home visit, and a nominal adoption fee.  Follow them @TheLittleCatsRescue on Facebook.

Show your kitty some love with veterinary care she deserves. Check out our recommended wellness packages with options tailored to your pet’s unique needs.


Andrea Beetz, Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg, Henri Julius, and Kurt Kotrschal: Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin