Cat Project Archives for September 10-14,
10, 2018: "Animals are such agreeable friends - they
ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." - George
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Eggplants of the world unite!"
Cat Mewvie: Happy munchkin poofball.
Feline Art: "Giant"
photo art by Fransditaa.
your cat for better mental and physical health
Cat lovers rejoice - your feline friends may be positively affecting
your physical and mental health.
Here are some scientifically-backed reasons, as compiled by kompas.com.
1. Better well-being
An Australian study has found that cat owners have better psychological
health than people without pets. According to its questionnaires, respondents
claim to feel more happy, more confident, less nervous and more focused,
as well as face problems in their lives better.
Another survey, conducted in Scotland and involving 2,200 kids aged 11
to 15, found that those who have strong bonds with their cats have higher
According to the survey, the stronger the level of attachment between
a child and their pet cat, the more likely they are to be more fit, energetic,
attentive and less sad and lonely. Children who are close to their cats
also better enjoy alone time, whether relaxing or at school.
A separate study reported that people with cats experienced fewer negative
emotions and feelings of seclusion than people without cats. Singles
with cats were recorded as having bad moods less often than people with
a cat and a partner.
The benefits are not limited to just cat owners, as internet cats were
also found to have a positive impact. Another study found that people
who watch cat videos online reported that they feel fewer negative emotions
afterward (less anxiety, annoyance and sadness) and more positive feelings
(more hope, happiness and contentment). However, researchers noted that
the pleasure becomes a guilty one when done in the purpose of procrastination.
2. Less stress
A study that looked at 120 married couples in their homes, observing
how they would respond to stress and whether cats had any impact, found
that cat owners did better in the face of a series of stressful tasks.
Participants in the study were hooked up to heart rate and blood pressure
monitors as they were put through tasks, including subtracting three
repeatedly from a four-digit number and then holding their hand in ice
water. They carried out the task while in a room alone, in a room with
their pet cat roaming around, in a room with their spouse to offer moral
support, or in a room with both their pet and spouse.
Cats were found to be a source of calm. Before the tasks began, the study
found that cat owners had a lower resting heart rate and blood pressure
than people who did not own any pets. Meanwhile, cat owners also did
better during the tasks, looking calmer while making fewer errors, as
well as recovering faster physiologically afterward.
3. Better relationships
A research study published by the American Psychological Association
found that cat owners are more socially sensitive, trust other people
more and like other people more than people who do not own pets.
Those who identify themselves as a cat person are more likely to think
that other people like them compared to someone who is neither a cat
nor dog person.
" Positive feelings about dogs/cats may engender positive feelings about
people, or vice-versa," said Rose Perrine and Hannah Osbourne of Eastern
A study that followed 4,435 people for 13 years found that people who
had owned cats in the past were less likely to die from a heart attack
during that period in comparison to people who had never owned cats.
The study also accounted for other risk factors, including blood pressure,
cholesterol, smoking and body mass index.
The researchers further explained that it also remained true of people
who did not have cats currently, suggesting that cats could be a sort
of preventative medicine.
11, 2018: "No tame animal has lost less of its native
dignity or maintained more if its ancient reserve. The
domestic cat might rebel tomorrow." - William Conway
Gratuitous Kittiness: "No pictures!"
Cat Mewvie: Pure ecstacy.
Feline Art: "Begging
Cat" by Edward Bawden.
12, 2018: "One of the ways in which cats show happiness
is by sleeping."
- Cleveland Amory
Gratuitous Kittiness: This what 123% cute looks like.
Cat Mewvie: Ping-pong kitties.
Komic: Catfish cannibalism
Art: "Fascinating" by Donna Rollins.
13, 2018: "A baited cat may grow as fierce as a lion." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit's PARTY TIME!"
Cat Mewvie: The Great Escape.
Feline Art: "Playing
14, 2018: "Women, poets, and especially artists,
like cats; delicate natures only can realize their sensitive
systems." - Helen M. Winslow
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeah, well, this WAS your chair."
Cat Mewvie: Happy Cat Friday.
Feline Art: "Cat
by Danial Ryan.
Asheville Cat Wierdos saves lives.
WEST ASHEVILLE, N.C.
When Veronica Coit created a community of feline fans called Asheville
Cat Weirdos two years ago, she had no idea what impact it might have.
" Asheville's known for two things -- dogs and beer," Coit explained. "And
I knew there were more people out there like me."
Coit and fellow "weirdo" Debbie Baumann are our Persons of
the Week for spearheading the A.C.W. Emergency Fund.
More than 7,300 Facebook followers contribute to a cause close to their
hearts -- helping owners who can't afford vet costs and face losing their
"I'm lucky that I see first hand all the cats we can help get veterinary
care that they wouldn't get otherwise," Baumann said. "We have saved
hundreds of cats' lives."
"The need is there," Coit said.
Last year, the group spent $11,000 on care for 45 cats. They're on pace
to more than double that this year.
"You just got to tell them that the life is saved, and that's family," said
Coit, who's been in that position. "It's the worst decision you can be faced
with. It's not fair."
"It's so nice to share the good news that our Asheville Cat Weirdo is community,
is pulling together to save these cats," Baumann said.
The assistance means a lot to families, especially when considering the
" Having to surrender or euthanize if I can't pay for this, so you just
saved the life of a loved one," Coit said.
Veronica and Debbie are good friends and proud to be the cat ladies next
"That's Grandma," Veronica said as she introduced News 13 crews to
her animals. "Well, that's my husband's girlfriend, and that is her name."
Debbie's known to wear catty accessories as part of an ensemble.
"I have like 50 pairs of cat ears," she said. "Because I wear
them all the time, and I like to match."
Baumann coordinates the group's bi-monthly cat pantry which provides
food, litter, and medication to owners who need it.
Thanks to the social media community Coit created, fewer cats are left
Cats named Pipsqueak, Peter Parker, Sweet Pea, and Lyra are among the
"It's nice to show them what they've accomplished, " Debbie says of
the Asheville Cat Weirdo members.