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For centuries, people have owned cats for the pleasure

of companionship and the low maintenance of having

a family pet. In all actuality, there are so many more

benefits to having a sweet furball around the house. In

the craziness of everyday life, cats can bring joy that is

unparalleled to other animals. They have a knack for being fairly self-

sufficient and can always find the best way to entertain themselves.

They can also be quite playful, entertaining, inquisitive, and interest-

ing to watch and admire. Cats are incredibly adaptable creatures,

able to thrive in various environments and living situations. They

self-clean, don’t require formal training, and are easy to care for.

You may say, “Well, I’m not really a cat person” – but that may be

because either you’ve never had the pleasure of being head-bunted

by a friendly feline or you may have encountered a situation that

has made you uneasy about them. Sure, cats can be intimidating

because of their independent nature; however, they also find a way

to communicate with their people and bring unconditional love.

This can be rewarding to a human looking to alleviate loneliness

and fulfill a need for companionship. Just the sheer topic of discuss-

ing your cat can increase interactions and socialization with other

people. Caring for one also provides a sense of purpose and moti-

vation for a person who needs to feel a sense of accomplishment.

Did you know that there are health benefits to owning a cat? It’s

true! Cats can have a “pawsitive” effect on reducing blood pressure,

and their presence alone can bring down stress levels. Endorphins

lower stress, which can improve our mental well-being. It has

been scientifically proven that a cat’s purr can reduce the risk of

cardiovascular disease, including stroke, by 30%.

The vibrations of a cat’s purr are typically at a frequency of 20 -

140HZ. Frequencies within a range of 18-35HZ have been shown

to have a positive effect on joint and muscle injury. Therapeutic

healing for human bones and muscles from a cat’s purr ... who

knew that was a thing? Well, scientists have started studying this

more and how it can help humans.

See, cats are pretty great, right? But why adopt? It boils down to

saving a life. Shelters across the United States are at their limits due

to pet overpopulation, exacerbated by the lack of spaying/neutering.

As a result, shelters and rescue organizations are overflowing with

cats of every color, size, age, breed, and gender. Fortunately, with

such a variety, there is sure to be a cat to suit any lifestyle. These cats

are generally well-socialized and accustomed to human interaction,

ensuring they are ready to become beloved companions in their

new homes. By adopting from shelters and rescue groups, individu-

als and families not only find a perfect furry friend, but also play a

crucial role in giving these animals a second chance at a happy life.

One of the wonderful aspects of adoption is the dedicated volun-

teers who truly get to know the animals in their care. Through

close interaction and observation, they become familiar with each

cat’s personality traits. This includes understanding whether a cat

will thrive in a single-cat household or enjoy the company of other

felines, if it gets the zoomies, or prefers lounging and watching the

world go by. By gaining insight into the behaviors and preferences

of each cat, these volunteers can match them with suitable forever

homes, ensuring a harmonious fit between pet and owner.

So many cats are finding themselves in shelters and rescues waiting

for their own loving family. The importance of adoption extends

far beyond welcoming a new furry friend into your home. When

you adopt, you not only save a loving animal, but you also open up

space at shelters and rescue groups for another who may desperate-

ly need it. It’s a full-circle benefit – the animal gains a loving fam-

ily, the adopter gains a cherished companion, and the commu-

nity gains relief from overpopulation pressures. Adoption fees are

lower, and cover essential services like vaccinations, microchipping,

and spaying or neutering, helping to break the cycle of overpopula-

tion and contributing to the reduction of euthanasia rates of ani-

mals that are in the shelters. Adopting a cat not only gives them a

second chance at living a loving and fulling life, but also positively

impacts the lives of countless other animals in need and fosters a

more compassionate community, one purr at a time!

Grab a free copy of the Spring '2024 edition of CIRCA Magazine in the Wake Forest area or in Frabjous Catfe where our article is published!

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