Why Do People Like Cats
Those who have never had the pleasure of loving a cat or being loved by one, may not understand just how cats help humans. What good is a cat? Filene's have helped many humans in several ways throughout history. Cats help people who are sick, cats help people to arrest criminals, and cats have even been given educational degrees. To under-appreciated a cat would be tragic; just ask a cat.
"Cats Help People Who Are Sick"
It's not such an uncommon thing to hear about a dog who goes to children's hospitals or elder care facilities to spend time with the residence. But, did you know cats have been right beside our K9 companions all of the way? That's right, of the many things cats and dogs do not agree on, helping humans is not one. Both species have offered their companionship to those who are ailing or aging and may be lonely or scared. Studies have shown that when a human who is encountering any stress (including sickness) interacts with animals a relief in pain level can be measured. This holds especially true with our feline friends.
Cats show an unexpected sense of empathy for humans who are experiencing difficulty. There are tales of cats who will curl up with elderly people that are on the verge of dieing. One cat who lived at an elderly care home was known to seek out those who were living out the last days of their lives. His accuracy to discern within 24 hours who was passing away was uncanny. So much so that some of the residence who were feeling under the weather would close their doors to make certain he could not come in. These doors would stay secured until that person was feeling better.
"Cats bring enjoyment" to human lives
We often look to cats to entertain us, hoping for aerial stunts and speed laden romps. No one can deny the beautifully hilarious antics a cat can provide using a single stage-prop of a string or a moving shadow. But every once in while we find pleasure in our cats during a calmer more relaxed encounter.
Every cat lover knows the joy of having a happy cat lay in your lap and begin the special "cat happy-paw dance" against a thigh. Some call this paw dance, "kneading" or "making bread," call it what you will, the reason is very clear: trust and affection, just like a big fuzzy hug.
Kneading is a left over instinct from kitten-hood. When nursing, a kitten will massage their mother's tummy as it drinks in the nutrients she provides. When you are lucky enough to have your cat conduct this mother's massage, she is telling you she thinks of you as her mother—purring and kneading is a demonstration of feline affection. A cat gives no greater compliment as to the importance of your relationship than when kneading your thigh.
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An Ideal Human Cat Companion
Household Medications: NEVER give these to your cat
SYMPTOMS RELATED TO USE IN HUMANS (Never use on cats for any reason)
pain relief, reduces inflamation
relieves diarrhea, anti-vomiting, anti-gas
Coughing and hacking
USE THESE "CAT MEDICATIONS" INSTEAD!
It is always best to treat your cat (or any pet) with the medications that have been developed for him. Pet medications that are created to help another species can make your cat sick or worse. Cats have a very particular genetic make-up that does not respond well to certain compounds. For instance: Flea medications for dogs use a chemical that makes cats very sick. The chemical brings on foaming and drooling from the mouth, dizziness, convulsions, and even death can occur. Just because they both have tails, doesn't mean you can use any dog medication on your cat. Unless otherwise advised by a veterinarian, treat medications for pets as you would your own; by following the directions on the packaging.
Below you will find some medications that have been designed to help cats with the symptoms mentioned in the above table. It is recommended to keep these on hand for those days when your cat may not be feeling his best.
Cat lovin' Dog people
- Cat Trivia Your Cat Doesn't Even Know
A humerus yet informative look at "unusual cat trivia" as told by a dog lover. Very funny and chalked full of "unique cat information." Interesting "cat pictures" and even a video of a cat that likes to swim! Literally a cat lovers guide to "cat fact
"Cats help people" arrest criminals
Stories about cats who get credit card applications are not all that uncommon—with a few actually receiving the card. But, did you know there is a true story about a cat who received an advanced degree from Trinity Southern University (TSU)? Here's what happened:
In 2005, a six-year-old black cat named Colby Nolan had a job working with a Pennsylvania lawyer (prosecutor) in an attempt to catch Internet bad guys who were selling fake college degrees. A master's degree in business (MBA) was issued by TSU to Colby the cat that same year.
Colby ended up with his MBA for the minuscule cost of $5,000. Anyone who has gone through a master's program knows how a $5K master's program could tempt even the most honest of business students. Having never attending a single class, Colby was able to achieve a quite respectable grade-point-average of 3.5.
Even though Colby had achieved is educational goals, he refrained from going right into the job market, deciding to better serve as evidence in the case against the scamming Internet bad guys. As reported by the original story teller (Becker, DVM), when Colby the cat was interviewed he remarked that the catnip on campus was plentiful. "I admit," he purred. "I inhaled."
WHAT YOU THINK REALLY DOES MATTER!
Do you know a sick person who has been helped by the company of pets?
In "Cat" conclusion
The next time you hear some one ask, "What good is a cat?" you will have accurate and compelling information to respond with. For those who have an empty spot in their heart, I recommend filling it with the love of a special feline creature. These kitty-cat companions will keep your home rodent free, spider safe, and above all warm and fuzzy. As it stands, it would appear that how "cats help humans" is exactly how "humans help cats," one purrrfectly loving moment at a time.