Most of us go into each year with every intention of keeping our New Year’s Resolutions. Your resolutions may reflect a desire to improve your overall health: working out more, eating less, stressing less and finding more time for balance and relaxation in your life.
If you don’t already have a cat in your household, adding one may be the answer to the problem of New Year’s resolutions that go offtrack.
In terms of improving your health, you might not think immediately about pets, but your cat may just be the key to keeping those resolutions that are geared towards improving your health and wellness.
Here are a few ways cats and New Year’s Resolutions can work together:
How Cats Help You With New Year’s Resolutions
Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Cats lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and also can reduce the risk of a heart attack. They can also give your immune system a boost. Cats seem to have that innate sense of when you are sick and will come and offer you comfort. This helps you get better while simultaneously boosting your immune system. Let’s just refer to them as little doctors with fur!
Prevent Allergies In Children
Did you also know that having a cat can help you prevent allergies in children? Studies have shown that newborns who live with animals, especially cats, are less likely to develop allergies, as being used to them from an early age tends to trigger immunities.
Reduce BIood Pressure
Is your blood pressure higher than it should be? The simple act of enjoying the company of your cat can lead to lower blood pressure. Just stroking a cat’s fur is calming and will serve to put you in a calmer state. And those pesky triglycerides can also be lowered if you have a cat. You have to eat right and remain active, but having a cat around gives you an added benefit and boost.
Are you determined to lower your cholesterol this year? Research shows that owning a cat can actually be more effective at lowering cholesterol than medications designed to do the same thing. Plus, if you can bring those numbers down, you can possibly eliminate the need for costly prescriptions!
What about stress? Who among us doesn’t deal with this on occasion? When you are caught up in the chaos of your day, take the time to snuggle with your cat and just feel that stress melt away.
The best part? Outside of food, water, veterinarian care, and other miscellaneous expenses that come with owning a cat, you can bet he won’t send you a bill for his medical services! (But if he did, he would probably expect payment in the form of lots of love, snuggles and catnip!) The cat in the picture above looks skeptical that you’ll keep those resolutions. Show him with a little teamwork it can happen!
Happy New Year!