From being a best friend and member of the family, to helping combat loneliness and provide comfort during difficult times, our cats truly enrich our lives and bring us so much joy.
To showcase just why cat companionship is so special, Cats Protection has launched the More Than Just a Cat campaign, encouraging cat lovers across the country to share what their cat means to them.
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As well as having a positive impact on our emotional wellbeing, cats also make a few subtle changes to our daily routines. Here are some of the important roles they play in our everyday lives.
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When it comes to stretching out and manoeuvring into all sorts of awkward positions, cats really are the experts. While we may not be able to match their superior flexibility, they can certainly teach us a yoga pose or two. Just don’t mention the downward dog!
Whether you’re working from home or just getting some life admin done, your cat can be a great keyboard companion. A recent survey* revealed that nearly two thirds of cat owners who regularly work from home felt their cat helped them in some way, whether that was by calming them down, making them feel less lonely, or keeping them amused with their quirky antics.
With a cat in the house, chances are you won’t need to worry about setting an alarm. Whether they want food or a fuss, moggies like to help you get an early start to your day as they’re naturally most active first thing in the morning. It’s just a shame they don’t have a snooze button.
If you’ve got a secret you’re desperate to get off your chest, your cat is purrfect for confiding in, as you can be sure they won’t judge you or pass the message on. In a recent survey*, around half of cat owners admitted to sharing a secret with their cat, with those secrets including raiding the fridge for snacks and coming clean about a crush!
Whether you’re bingeing a boxset, having a gaming marathon or curling up with a good book, your cat will be happy to keep you company and maybe even keep your lap warm too. Even better, they won’t complain about your choice of entertainment, although they may demand a chin rub every now and then.
To find out what role your cat plays in your life, take our fun quiz!
You can also find out more about the More Than Just a Cat campaign at www.cats.org.uk/my-cat-is
*The survey of 2,000 cat owners was conducted for Cats Protection by 3 Gem Research and Insights during August 2019