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14 Reasons Why You Should Have A Cat At Home

14 Reasons Why You Should Have A Cat At Home

Around one third of households in the United States have a cat. There’s a very good reason why cats are one of the most popular pets, not only in the U.S. but around the world. It’s because they make wonderful companions that they are a great addition to your home.

Funny, loveable, and gorgeous creatures, what’s not to love? If you need some convincing about their greatness, then read on, with these 14 reasons why you should have a cat at home.

1. They’re hilarious

They really are. From their random dances and leaps, to their fascination with a speck of dust, cats provide a regular source of amusing entertainment. Need proof? Just search for funny cat videos online.

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2. They show you that anything can be a bed

A washbasin, an impossibly small box, a computer keyboard, even a sheet of paper on the floor. A cat shows you that there are no limits to what can be used as a bed.

3. They keep you grounded

If you ever start to become too full of your own self-importance, a swift derisive look from your cat will be enough to remind you that you’re not as awesome as you think you are.

4. They’re great company

They pretty much just want to hang out and relax, eat a little, play a little, snuggle a little – the perfect companion.

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5. They’re loving

Sure it’s on their terms, and only when they want it, but when they decide it’s time to allow you to pet them, you will be rewarded with warmth and affection that melts your heart.

6. They bring you gifts

A half-chewed mouse might not be at the top of your desired gift list, but you can at least appreciate the sentiment.

7. They don’t mind if you give them silly names

They really don’t, so indulge your crazy name fantasies on them. Just remember, though, that this is the name you will have to answer to when they call it out at the vet office.

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8. They’re cute, really cute

Seriously, why wouldn’t you want something fluffy and cute walking around your home? Just observing their day-to-day routine is enough to fill your heart.

9. Their purring is beneficial to humans

There has actually been some research showing that the sound frequency at which a cat purrs can have potentially healing health benefits for you. Whether or not this is proven, any cat owner knows that the sound of that purr often helps their feelings of stress and anxiety melt away.

10. They have good bathroom habits

In general, cats keep themselves meticulously clean, and always use the littler box, or even the neighbor’s yard, to do their toilet business.

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11. They make great alarm clocks

Any morning that you think you should sleep in, your cat will let you know that this wrong, and that it is in fact time to get up and make them their breakfast. You may as well just get to it, as fighting it is futile.

12. They don’t need much looking after

Cats are very independent and self-sufficient, and therefore require much less work from you than many other pets. Provide for their basic needs, give them a bit of attention, and they will be perfectly happy. Don’t worry, they’ll let you know if they need something.

13. They keep unwanted rodents away

Sometimes the very presence of a cat is enough to scare away the rodents, but for those who don’t get the hint, your kitty will soon show them who’s boss.

14. They teach you a lot

You can learn a lot from your cat about how to approach life, but probably the best thing you can learn is that if all else fails, just find a sunny spot, stretch out, and bask.

Featured photo credit: Cosy cat/David O’Hare via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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