Pawsitive Thoughts column: Did you know adopting a cat can actually improve your health? –

We all know the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctors away.”

At South Wood County Humane Society we know of another option — cat adoption. Live a long and healthier life by opening your home and heart to a cat in need.

Did you know, according to The Berlin Longevity Institute, cats can add as many as 10 years to their owners’ lives? Picking up a cat has a nearly instantaneous calming effect on humans, causing blood pressure to drop and the heart rate to slow.

A State University of New York at Buffalo found that those who own cats are more likely to have lower blood pressure than those without cats at home. Another study from the University of Minnesota found that those without cats were between 30 percent and 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than cat owners.

In addition to a healthier heart, cats also can improve your mood, reduce anxiety and help with depression. When you are concerned with caring for another creature, it can help you take your mind off your worries. Cat companionship can help those who are lonely feel a connection with another life. Unconditional love from a snuggly cat helps creates a happy household for all who reside there.

Stop by South Wood County Humane Society in June and help us celebrate national Adopt a Cat Month. We have many cats available for adoption in all shapes, sizes and ages. New to the adoption floor are several litters of kittens, full of energy and ready to play. If you’re looking for a more mature cat, we have many seniors looking for a loving home to retire in.

Did you know SWCHS cats above the age of 5 are free?

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