Cuckoo for Kitty Cats?  You Should Be! Health Benefits of Cats

Cuckoo for Kitty Cats? You Should Be! Health Benefits of Cats

The AVMA estimates that about 30% of US households play host to our beloved feline friends, and for good reason!  We love our kitty companions dearly, and they not only enrich our lives, but even improve our mental and physical health for a longer, happier and healthier life. The health benefits of cats are both physical and mental. Mental Health Benefits of Cats’ Companionship This may not be much of a surprise to us crazy cat ladies, but research has now proven that cat ownership improves our general outlook, and relieves stress, depression and anxiety. The UK Mental Health Foundation contends that  “purr therapy” improves mental well-being, and helps us cope with the stress and anxiety of everyday life.  In fact, cat owners sometimes find that the companionship and comfort offered by cats can even be more effective than medication in overcoming mental roadblocks. It has even been proven that spending time with pets increases levels of “happiness neurotransmitters” dopamine and serotonin, and that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety disorders.  Spending quality time with our kitty cats is a no-brainer for the crazy cat ladies among us, but it seems that word about the mental health benefits of cats is getting out. Cats Relieve Stress Spending time with any kind of beloved pet is a definite mood booster, but stroking our feline companions has proven to be especially effective stress relief.  Those soothing purrs melt away the stress and anxiety, leaving us relaxed and ready to face the challenges of everyday life. Cats have been shown to lower blood pressure and pulse rate,...
Five Health Benefits of Catnip for Humans

Five Health Benefits of Catnip for Humans

Everyone has their little weaknesses.  For us crazy cat ladies, it’s our kitty cats and our chocolate.  For dogs, it’s raiding the garbage can.  For our kitties, it’s likely to be catnip.  But did you know that catnip’s for people too?  It turns out our cats are onto something:  There are many health benefits of catnip for humans and kitties alike, so get yourself some catnip tea and drink up!  There’s also the option of joining your kitties in their catnip mouse chase – hey, we don’t judge! De-Stress Ever notice that after going crazy for their catnip toys, your kitty cats seem to enjoy a few moments of tranquil feline bliss?  It turns out that people have the same reaction! Catnip is a mild sedative, so is great for frazzled nerves, and can help you get a good night’s sleep without the risk and negative side effects of conventional medications.  It’s also claimed to be good for hyperactive children, and can help sooth colicky toddlers as well. Gastrointestinal Benefits Catnip is great for calming a cranky tummy.  Catnip tea soothes the stomach, and also lowers acid levels to help stave off heartburn and indigestion.  It’s also helpful with abdominal pains, gas and bloating. Headache Relief Catnip tea or extract is a great alternative headache remedy, particularly for stress-related headaches such as migraines or tension headaches.  Catnip relieves muscle tension, which is a common headache culprit. Cold and Flu Remedy Catnip is a helpful home remedy for cold and flu for several reasons.  First, compounds found in catnip are thought to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties, and may also...