Cats are a favorite pet besides dogs. Because of their small, furry, cute, and spoiled size, cats are the right animals to accompany someone’s day.

Research has shown that simply watching cat videos on the internet can increase a person’s energy and create positive emotions.

So it’s no wonder that having a cat can have a number of benefits.

Quoted from mental floss, Sunday (9/22/2019) here are 6 benefits if someone becomes a cat owner.

1. Good for the Environment

A 2009 study found that the resources needed to feed a dog during its lifetime. Created the same footprints as a car or very dirty.

Meanwhile, cats – which eat less in general and are more likely to eat fish than corn or beef-scented products. Don’t leave as much litter as dogs.

2. Cat owners are smart people

A 2010 survey of British pet owners by the University of Bristol found. That people who own cats are more likely to have college degrees than their dog-loving peers. In 2014, a researcher in Wisconsin surveyed 600 college students and found that cat owners were actually smarter.

But it may not be the cats themselves that make their owners smarter. The researchers conducting the survey in Bristol said, smarter people tend to work longer hours. And because cats need less attention than dogs, they are a better choice for busy intellectuals.

3. Cat owners have a healthy heart

Owning any pet is good for one’s heart. Cats, in particular, lower a person’s stress levels – perhaps because they don’t need as much attention. And effort as taking care of a dog – and reduce the amount of anxiety in a person’s life.

Petting a cat has a positive calming effect. One study found that over a 10-year period. Cat owners were 30 percent less likely to die of a heart attack. Or stroke than non-cat owners (although this may simply be because cat owners are more relaxed. And have less stress in general).

4. Keeping a cat is equivalent to having a romantic partner

The information that dogs love their owners more than cats is just a stereotype. In fact, it turns out that cats make just as good friends like dogs, especially women.

An Austrian study conducted in 2003 found that having a cat at home is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner. In addition to frequent contact, research shows cats will remember the kindness shown to them. And can return the favor.

But cats do have an edge in this relationship. After thousands of years of domestication. Cats have learned how to make a half purr. Or half howl that sounds a lot like the cry of a human baby. And since the human brain is programmed to respond to the demands of the fur kittens. It’s nearly impossible to ignore what a cat wants when it demands it like that.

5. Cat owners sleep more calmly

Several studies and polls in the UK have found that people. (Especially women) prefer to sleep with their cats than with their partners. And they even report sleeping better with cats than with humans.

A recent study from the Mayo Center for Sleep Medicine Clinic showed that 41 percent of people in the study indicated they slept better because of their pets. While only 20 percent said it caused a distraction.

6. Cats Can Save Their Owners’ Life

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and indifferent to humans, but they have saved countless lives over the years. A cat in England warned humans when it was about to have an epileptic seizure.  While a cat in Montana woke two humans when a gas pipe began to leak.

Firefighters told the couple that the house could easily have exploded if it weren’t for the cat’s intervention.

A cat has even received the highest medal available for a military animal. Simon the cat was on board the HMS Amethyst. Which was sailing on the Yangtze in 1949 when a shell crashed into the ship.  Killing several marines and injuring Simon. That event marked the start of the ship’s 101-day siege, which would become known as the Yangtze Incident.

Simon is healed, and although injured. Does his ship duty and begins to catch mice that threaten the ship, the food supply. And provide moral support to the surviving sailors. Simon died shortly after the ship returned to England. But he was posthumously awarded the British Dickin Medal, known as the animal of the Victoria Cross, for “supreme behavior.”