Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cats and Stress Relief

I'm worried. The economy is bad, I'm nervous about my job situation, the cost of food, and my investments. I'm also worried that things are not going to turn around for the better any time soon. All this stress is not good for me. I already have a bad back and high cholesterol, and being uptight could result in high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Now I worry about those too.

Fortunately, my house has built-in stress relief: my cats. Just to have a cat snuggle in my lap makes me smile. Petting his soft fur relaxes me. Having a pet can improve your mood, lower your blood pressure, get you to exercise, and give you companionship. Here's a study that shows that cat ownership may lower the risk of heart attack.

Even if you don't have a pet, here is a video that will help relieve your stress by showing you how to pose like a cat: Yoga Video.


Zoe and Indy said...

Hi there, nice to meet you. Beautiful cats! I went back and read your posts about cat nutrition and totally agree with you. I've had many a disagreement with people about proper cat food. Even poor unsuspecting people in the pet isle at the grocery store. It's tough because even our vets will recommend the junk food. We also avoid corn, by-products, and most grain. Ok I could go on forever so I'll stop, but again, nice to meet you.
Lauren - mom to Zoe, Indy, and Georgia

Beezer said...

Mine mombean sez I should be a medical tax deduction.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Dad thinks they should allow us as a tax wouldn't be so bad if dad hadn't decided that since mom was staying home her should too. Now that the bottom is dropping out of the market mom sez he should get off his butt and go back to work, that it is unseamly for a man to lay about doing nothing.

ML said...

Nice to meet you.
Good post. It is hard to be tense and hold a purring cat at the same time. We really need them now, don't we.
Love the cat tree in the post below, too.
And I have a black cat, Sol, and it is so hard to capture his beautiful features. Most of my photos make him look like a black blob.
Haven't seen the post on cat nutrition, will go back and find it.

Everycat said...

Hi there, we really like your blog and found your articles on pet food to be very interesting and true. We foudn that cat food containing oily fish exacerbates IBD symptoms for our senior cat Angel, without it, she does well. Your cats are beautiful and testament to the love and care you give them. Photographing a black cats is very hard!

Whicky Wuudler

Parker said...

It's true, we are great stress busters!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Nothing better for the nerves than a little purring loaf o' cat!

Purrs Goldie, Shade and Banshee

Tybalt said...

Hi! It is very nice to meet you. :)

I am my mommy's best stress relief. I purr on her lots as soon as she gets home, and that always makes her feel better.