Girl playing with cat on a table

People honored with the privilege of cat ownership usually know – and distinctly remember – the first moment they saw their cat.

Some owners never had a plan to adopt and spontaneously did so moments after being introduced. Others prepared for their cat’s initial arrival like they would the Queen of England. Indeed, the connection between cats and people is recognized far and wide, and the indelible impression on our hearts makes us forever grateful. 

Heart to Heart

Evidence suggests that simply being near cats, let alone snuggling with them, increases the production of oxytocin, the love hormone. This hormone facilitates the deep bond between cats and people, but we’re not the only ones that benefit from it. Cats, too, produce oxytocin when in the company of their beloved person. 

The mutually beneficial effects of this bond lowers blood pressure and reduces the risks of heart disease. In other words, they promote healing and health in our hearts.

Power of Intuition

Some researchers believe that cats and people have similar personality traits. There could be some truth in the idea that cat owners are typically a quiet sort, or perhaps even aloof or introspective. It’s not a stretch to figure out why bookstores and libraries often have resident cats that weave their way through the stacks.

Cats and People

Felines can be almost irritatingly independent, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in need of daily affection, attention, and exercise. Since these things also make cat owners happy, there’s no excuse to make time for each other. 

Remember When…?

Cats and people have coexisted for millennia. While our relationship is no longer built on them eradicating rodents from our grain supply in exchange for shelter and protection, cat owners continue to shield their cats from commonplace illnesses and injuries. 

Keeping their wellness exams every 6-12 months, maintaining crucial vaccinations and parasite prevention, and contributing to a high quality of life all but guarantees a long, healthy life together.

Keeping Each Other Company

Most cats truly value together time with the human(s) they’re closely bonded with. However, a little petting goes a long way. Petting-induced aggression can occur when your cat has reached their quota for physical touch. They may never issue a warning, they simply lash out with a well-placed bite or scratch. Either way, you’ll know for next time when to ease up a little bit.

Today and Tomorrow

Cats and people. People and cats. We’re part of the ever-growing list of excellent pairings, like wine and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots. We hope it always stays this way, and that cats will continue to let us know and love them.

If you have further questions about feline behavior, companionship, or health, please let us know. Our staff is always here for you at Animal Family Veterinary Care Center