International Cat Day: Why watching cat videos is good for your health

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TODAY is International Cat Day, making it the ‘purr-fect’ time to celebrate our fluff ball feline friends and the many benefits they can have in our life.

Pet Insurance Australia’s Nadia Crighton said cats did not just provide unconditional love and comfort to their owners.

“It’s been proven that even looking at cats can have a calming effect on people,” Crighton said.

“That’s perhaps why cat videos are so entrancing for even the non-cat owners of the world.”

With more than two million entertaining cat videos on YouTube, totalling around 24 billion views, it is unsurprising that researcher Jessica Gall Myrick decided to study emotion regulation, procrastination and watching cat videos online.

After finding a decrease in negative emotions and increase in positive emotions, she concluded that real happiness was gained from viewing cat videos.

“I’m not too sure if that will be a good enough excuse to your boss when you are caught watching cat videos instead of working,” she said.

“But it certainly goes to show the impact cats have on our lives.”

FUN CAT FACTS

Biggest Cat – Cygnus, who is a silver Maine Coon cat, enters the pages of Guinness World Records 2018 Edition as the record holder for the Longest tail on domestic cat (living) – 44.66 cm.

Smallest Cat – Tinker Toy 6.9cm tall, 19cm long from Taylorville, Illinois, United States.

Longest Jump – 10 year old Waffle the Warrior Cat jumped a whooping 213.36cm on 30 January 2018.

Community News is on the lookout for the cutest cat in Perth. If you reckon yours qualifies, post a picture of your furbaby to Instagram and use the hashtag #myperthpet for a chance to have your kitty featured in the paper!