Admittedly, a huge number of the American population adores cats. However, a significant number of people also seem to dislike these feline creatures. Whatever their reasons, cats have been proven to be very affectionate creatures.
Of course, not all cats are the same. Cats have different personalities and different likes and dislikes. Yet, one quality about these irresistible creatures remains their ability to receive affection.
Most people are often drawn to cats, whether or not the cat is a stranger. The minute a cat walks into the room, we fight the urge to pet and stroke its beautiful fur. What is about them that draws us to them? Let us take a look at a few reasons most people love cats.
Their Ability to Receive Affection
As previously mentioned, cats have a tremendous ability to receive affection. Human beings are compassionate creatures that long to receive, as well as give affection. This need is deeply rooted in our social nature.
However, despite our need for affection, we often fail at receiving it well. For some, how we were raised may have contributed to our inability to give or receive affection. Whereas for some, certain incidents and events may have contributed to this.
However, a cat seems willing to receive and give affection despite past events. The feeling of being received by cats is healing, emotionally, mentally and socially. It's nice to come home to that, after a gruesome day at work.
They Are Stress Relievers and Joy Inducers
Yes, you read that right! Research states that cats help us release happy hormones known as dopamine and serotonin. These hormones have the ability to trigger a positive mood and reduce stress considerably. They also help deal with depression and anxiety that are very detrimental to our health.
In fact, research states that cat owners are less likely to suffer or die from cardiovascular diseases.
A Unique Bond
If you are a cat lover and owner, you probably know what I am talking about. For most, it takes minutes to create a special bond with their cats. This is because cats help in the release of a hormone known as oxytocin. Oxytocin, also known as the love hormone, plays a huge role in creating a bond between two individuals.
Hence, the bond created between a cat owner, and the cat itself. The connection created is imperative to human behavior and health.
They Are Less Work
Anyone can own a cat. They are very adventurous and love the freedom to roam. Cats mostly only need a soft bed to sleep in and food. When it comes to toys, you need not break your bank account. A simple ball of yarn will keep them entertained for hours.
They seem to be creatures that only desire to bask in our love and adoration.
In conclusion, there are many more reasons as to why we love cats. From their fun and playful nature, they also encourage us to be fun loving and playful too. In a way, they help us relax, enjoy life, and love and be loved.