A “cat lady” is defined as a single woman who lives alone with her many cats. While enjoying the company of her pets, cat ladies often find it difficult to relate to other people and may substitute cats for all personal relationships with other humans. They are seen as older recluse women, living a life of isolation with her feline companions. There’s even an action figure for cat ladies!
However, regardless of whether the stereotypes surrounding them are true or not, these ladies might be onto something. Many recent studies have confirmed that owning pets can be of immense benefit to people, and especially women over the age of fifty. Although this may have something to do with the nature of these cat lovers, cats have proven to be even more advantageous than dogs, as they tend to make their caretakers’ lives much better, even improving both the mental and the physical health of their owners.
How does cat ownership benefit women?
Unmarried women over 50 are normally very routine-oriented individuals, staying at home and enjoying their quiet downtime – a cat’s ideal match. According to the National Institue of Health, women’s metabolism slows as they age, thus becoming less active. Owning a pet cat can radically adjust this process. The mere acts of getting up to shop for, care for, feed and clean up after their little darling helps to increase their cardio workout for the day while picking up the heavy bags of litter improves their weightlifting skills. Every single woman wants to go home to someone special, and who better than a cat to share your day with? They’re good listeners, do not ask for much other than food, and never really whine about how the cooking was. Besides, they do not make huge messes -compared to a dirty person- and offer endless love and appreciation, no matter what kind of mood the owner is in.
It is also clinically proven that when a woman over 50 owns a pet cat, there is a notable decrease in risk of having a stroke or dying from a cardiovascular disease. Once you pet an animal, the body instantly releases a wave of dopamine, prolactin, and oxytocin, which are all feel-good hormones, lowering your stress level and making your happier.
Happy cat, Happy life
If you’re having a bad day that’s stressing you out, do not reach for that bottle of wine, instead, just sit down and cuddle with your cat. Both short and long-term benefits considerably outweigh any other mode of decompression. Several studies determined how your feline friends can improve your feelings of anxiety and depression by giving you a sense of responsibility and purpose, improving your confidence, and keeping you company. Without a doubt, cats have a weird way to make us laugh, which is the greatest medicine of all time. Try asking your doctor for a cat treatment. That’s a treatment that I’d be happy to take.
Over time, engaging your pets can get you more benefits: Playing with them more increases your endorphins, as well as your activity level, while being more loving with them increases your happy hormones. These acts will not only reward us in the short run, in the long run, by enriching our health, our lives, and also the lives of our loved pets.