I can’t remember a time growing up when my family did not have a pet; each family member has been a pet owner at some point or another and we seem to be mostly cat people. We’ve had Garfield who lived until the ripe old age of 21 and Curly, who came and sat on our sofa one day and never left and we’ve also crossed paths with Almas and Tiger. Growing up with pets, not only teaches you about responsibility but also unconditional love. There are many benefits to owning pets including decreased stress, anxiety and blood pressure as well as boosting your immune system.
About five years ago, I decided to get a cat and found Cookie on the humane society website. He was a teeny tiny white ball of fur and unbearably cute and I immediately started the paperwork to adopt him! Here are a couple of pictures of him that I took – isn’t he quite the poser!
So what is it about cat videos and memes that almost break the internet? I’m sure we’ve all heard of Grumpy cat whose owners created an empire selling Grumpy cat related paraphernalia and what about Youtube star Maru, the cat from Japan that loves boxes and Oskar the blind kitten with his guide cat Klaus. What is it about cat videos specifically that make people go crazy? Well, according to an Indiana University study by professor Jessica Gall Myrick – the answer is simple: it’s the warm fuzzy feeling we get when we watch these videos.
The study found that viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions and left people with fewer negative emotions. Myrick said “Even if they are watching cat videos on Youtube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward.”
So next time you find yourself consumed by watching cat videos – don’t worry! Just think about all of the benefits and keep watching that video of Keyboard cat!
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