Adopting a Kitten

Why adopting a kitten can be good for your health

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

August 4, 2022

In honor of International Cat Day on August 8th and National Kitten Day last month on July 10th we take a look at what makes kittens more than just cute and playful. Here are some interesting facts and benefits of adopting a little feline.

Adopting a kitten means you're a part of your cat's entire life. 

The first year of a cat’s life is considered equivalent to 15 years of human life. After its second year, a cat is about 25 years old in human years. After that, each year of a cat’s life is equal to seven human years.

The younger a kitten is when you adopt it, the easier it should be to train and socialize.

Kittens sleep about 18 hours a day. But when they’re not napping, they have tons of energy. They can be a great playmate and motivation for keeping you physically active and healthy. One study found people who had never owned a cat were 40 percent more likely to die of a heart attack than previous or current cat owners.

Having a cat in your life can be advantageous for your mental health too. Research indicates a pet may help ease stress, depression, and feelings of loneliness. Playing with a cat can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, hormones associated with feelings of calm and motivation.

Your kitten can help boost your social circle by connecting you with other animal-loving members in your neighborhood or community.

Adopting a kitten from a shelter should be easier on your wallet than going to a breeder or pet store. It also means you’re rescuing an animal. Plus, you’re helping other animals by helping the shelter provide a home, food, and vet care to other homeless pets.

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