Research by Cats Protection, the UK’s biggest cat charity, has found that cats can actually improve our health. The results showed that 50 percent of people aged over 55 said their cat had helped them in times of a crisis and 46 percent felt their cat had let them cope better with bereavement.
Even more surprisingly, during the months of January and February, cat owners were discovered to suffer 60 percent fewer headaches than non-cat owners and are 21 percent less likely to catch a cold or flu.
The charity also reported that pet cats can be a support for children. 81 percent of people aged 13 and under were found to sometimes share their feelings with their cats, rather than a family member or friend, when they are upset.
The charity’s events manager Emma Osborne said: ‘Our research shows that cats can have a hugely positive impact in the lives of people they live with, whether they are young children, busy couples or pensioners.
‘We know cats can provide endless entertainment with their antics, but it is also the companionship and the comfort they bring that has such a beneficial impact on their owner’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.’
According to UK pet insurers, around 60 cats and dogs go missing every hour in the UK. Many of these pets are not returned to their owners. Make sure your pet is microchipped (which becomes compulsory from next April for dogs) and also wears an ID tag with your contact details. ID is compulsory for dogs in the UK but remember that if your cat goes missing, their ID tag can help reunite you with them more quickly than anything else.
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Last Night on BBC 2, World’s weirdest Events’s Chris Packham taught us a new fact about one of the world’s favourite animals. It turns out dogs are picky poopers – they like to defecate facing North. Scientists have discovered that Dogs have a hidden sixth sense; like cows, they can sense the earth’s magnetic field! Have you ever seen your dog spinning around in circles before it does it’s business? Your dog is looking at visual landmarks, and using these to calibrate their internal compass. If this isn’t impressive enough, they are able to retain a mental internal compass in locations they are familiar with which explains why your pooch may be more likely to chase it’s tail in unfamiliar places. Amazing!
If you missed this week’s World’s Weirdest Events (Episode 2) catch up here on BBC iPlayer:
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(Blog written by Lauren Coker-Gordon)