Parting is such sweet sorrow, even if it's just for the night—which is why it's so hard for many of us to bid our kitties "good night" and then lock them out until the morning alarm goes off.Some of us have even had the "crazy cat lady" (or "dude") moniker applied to us simply for wanting our furry furiends to sleep with us at night!But there are some purrfectly good reasons why you should say "yes" to overnights with your kitty companion, and we've compiled a few of them.
Together Time is Important!
Your friends jokingly refer to you as "the cat lady," and—with all due respect to all the cat dudes out there—there's probably some truth to that. According to research published in the journal Behavioural Processes, women actually do have a special bond with their cats. The study found that cats were likelier to approach women than men and that these relationships were "more intense." Cuddling up to your kitty at night can only make that bond tighter.
Stress Relief 101
By now, you've probably heard that owning a cat could reduce your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third, and that petting your cat boosts the production of oxytocin, aka the "love" or "cuddle" hormone. Carry those good vibes with you into a blissful nights' sleep—you'll wake up refreshed and glad that you did!Bonus benefit: Pets are great for helping fight anxiety and depression.
Fall Asleep Better
If there's anything more soothing than the sound of a contented kitty's purr, we haven't found it yet—and it might be an even better lullaby into la-la land than a fancy white noise machine. Scientists surveyed 150 patients at the Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Out of those who said that they allowed their pets to sleep in the bedroom, 41 percent described them as unobtrusive or actively beneficial to sleep.
Remember the story of how Homer the Blind Wonder Cat (whose website you're on now!) saved his human mom from a late-night burglar. Well, we're here to tell you that while guard dogs get most of the hype, guard cats can be pretty pawsome too! And there's always safety in numbers, right?
Saying No is Easier Said than Done
At the end of the day, your cat's probably the one who will make the final decision about where he or she will sleep—because cats are notoriously stubborn creatures, after all.If your kitty companion decides that you make the purrfect human-sized pillow at night, why fight it? Everybody knows that it's an honor to be chosen by a cat!
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