It has been proven that cats improve the quality of life of their owner. Just being around them lowers blood pressure and when you stroke or cuddle, the “love hormone” oxytocin is released, which is known to stimulate emotional well-being.
This is where cats benefit so much from simply Beit makes sense to repay the favor. Understanding and appreciating the importance of cat mental health is an integral part of a loving, compassionate, and mutually beneficial human-cat relationship.
Love works both ways
Cat lovers know the healing powers of owning a cat very well. Much has been said about the many ways they can benefit human health, and it is perhaps not surprising that human interaction improves their mood in similar ways.
Human stress decreases when we cuddle with cats, and so does cats! Studies show a dramatic increase in oxytocin after close relationships with the people they are associated with. Unsurprisingly, the strongest foundation for cat mental health can be built on these feelings of closeness and security.
In other words, it really is a one-way street when it comes to cat companionship. Contrary to dubious feline body language, both parties are equally lucky to be in the other’s presence.
Look good, feel good
Another facet of cats’ mental health actually starts with their physical condition.
Like us, cats feel good when they look good. And how do they look good? Of course through training! Exercising your cat for at least 30 minutes every day is essential for a healthy mind and body.
Similarly, installing a scratching post, catio, sea bass, or other vertical vantage point can vastly improve cats’ mental health. They like to use their predatory skills, so try to find games that encourage stalking, falling, or ambushing.
Scratching furniture or curtains may not be particularly good, but it is a sign that cats need a suitable electrical outlet to scratch. The action gives them a great stretch, relieves stress, and helps shed dead claws.
What they eat
It is important to watch what your cat is eating for the same reason. A balanced and complete diet rich in minerals and antioxidants is critical to optimal cognitive function.
We love to discuss whether your cat would benefit from omega-3 fatty acids or supplements to help maintain cat mental health, especially as it gets older.
The intelligent test
Puzzle balls or mazes combine your cat’s love of food with its problem-solving ability. Likewise, training your cat is extremely important to the mental health of cats – crate training, leash training, and agility training all go a long way in your cat’s life. Plus, you can teach them commands how to perform certain tricks, or even use the toilet!
Mental health of cats
The bottom line is that if your cat is feeling fine, it is likely to be in optimal health. Knowing that cats are hiding signs of illness or injury, it’s always a good idea to continue with their routine wellness checkups.
If you have any additional questions about how you can help your cat feel at their best, our staff at Cat Care of Vinings are always here to help.