Top 5 Myths About Cat Lovers

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Only cat lovers will understand the devotion that these adorable four-legged creatures evoke in their owners. Unfortunately, there are quite a few myths about cat lovers that seem to persist, such as being either unfriendly, a hoarder, insane, magical, or a woman. Don't worry because the myths that surround cat lovers are simply not true, and cat owners are some of the sweetest and best people around, not to mention that many are male. Breaking down these top five myths helps determine why they are ridiculously silly.

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There are quite a few myths about cat lovers.
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Only "crazy" cat ladies own cats

Despite the old wives tale that still persists today, people who own cats are not "crazy." In fact, cats are beneficial for your mental health. Spending time with cats can help elevate your oxytocin levels, improving your mood and even reducing feelings of depression.

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Cats are frequently used as therapy pets in animal-assisted psychotherapy to help calm patients and reduce their anxiety during sessions. So, those who own cats are the farthest from "crazy" you'll find, and they may in fact be the most stress-free people around.

Cat lovers are not friendly

Another myth about cat lovers that you might have heard is that they are not friendly. While there is some evidence that those who own cats are more introverted than their dog-owning counterparts, this simply means they are a little more reserved but not that they are unfriendly.

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In fact, some studies have shown that cat owners are better team players at work and tend to get along well with others in most social situations, even more than dog owners. They are also generally more modest, trusting, and obliging with others, making them great friends and great people to be around. Plus, cat lovers are more creative, adventurous, and imaginative than dog lovers, so they may actually be a lot more fun to hang out with too.

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Owners need cat lovers anonymous

If you own a cat, there's actually a distinct possibility that you own more than one. A recent survey of cat owners showed that most of them owned an average of 1.8 cats, meaning that most households had two or more cats in the home. While it's true that many cat owners own multiple felines, that doesn't mean that they are addicted to them and need cat lovers anonymous.

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As long as someone isn't hoarding cats, meaning that they can't financially support the cats or provide the cats with enough food and resources within the home, no trips to cat lovers anonymous are needed. And many multicat households do so for the benefit of the cat, not because they are addicted to them. That's because cats do best when adopted in pairs so that they have a friend to play with when you aren't around.

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All cat lovers are women

Although there is some evidence that more women of all ages own cats than men do, that doesn't mean that men can't be cat lovers too. When millennial men and women were surveyed about their pet ownership, men owned a slightly higher percentage of cats than women. Of the millennial pet owners surveyed, about half of men owned cats, while just over a third of women owned cats.

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These men might also be aware that owning a cat makes them more attractive to the opposite sex. That's because a British poll showed that 90 percent of women found that men who owned cats were nicer than those who didn't.

Cat lovers are witches

While this may seem a bit silly in today's world, there are some people who still associate cats with magic and, by extension, their owners. Fortunately, the only magic wielded by the cats is their ability to enchant us with their silly personalities and funny antics.

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While neither cat owners nor cats are magical, there is some scientific basis to back up the fact that cats have healing powers. In fact, their purrs have shown some ability to make us feel better. Cat purrs can help lower our blood pressure, heal our bones, and even help heal infections.

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