If you've never owned a cat, you need to. If you have owned a cat, then I'm sure you can relate to these five points as well. Here's to healthier living!

1. Cats reduce stress and anxiety. 

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Petting a cat releases endorphins (hormones the body releases when under stress). Interaction with a cat calms people down and also boosts their mood. Even the sound of a cat's purr can calm your nerves.

2. Owning a cat can prevent loneliness. 

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According to multiple research studies, loneliness plays a role in all types of diseases including Alzheimer's disease and addiction. Cats are companions that are there for us whenever we need them.

3. Owning a cat is less expensive than owning a dog. 

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Thinking about the risk of becoming financially unstable can really take a toll on mental health. According to an ASPCA study on the average cost of owning a dog or a cat, cats are cheaper to own than dogs. The adoption fee of a cat is also usually cheaper.

4. Cats decrease the risk of heart attacks and heart disease. 

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Studies show people who own cats may be nearly 30% less likely to die of a heart attack. Cat owners are also known to have lower blood pressure than others who do not cats.

5. Cats can help their owners be more social. 

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If you know someone who owns a cat, you know they absolutely love talking about their cats. Cat ownership supplies a conversation starter and can lead to friendships with people who share similar interests.