Got Winter Blues ? Buy a Cat
It’s estimated that 11 million North Americans take a severe nosedive into what’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). So if you’re tired and don’t want to get out of bed, here is Rx 101 to shake off the winter blues.
Dr. June Nickolas, an English psychologist, carried out a five year study of this disorder. Nickolas reports that those who had a “whiskers” sitting on their lap had 60 percent fewer headaches, were 21 percent less likely to catch a cold or the flu and suffered less insomnia, impatience and tension.
I would have bet my last dollar that it was the elderly, lonely silver-haired lady sitting in her rocking chair that benefited the most from having a cat. I would have lost my money. Rather, it was macho males under 40 years of age!
So if the snow is still falling, the sky dark and ominous, and you’re suffering from SAD, don’t reach for Prozac. Buy a cat.
Having a cat (or two) will....
- dispel the winter blues
- give you something to cuddle with when your spouse or children are busy
- help you develop carpentry skills when you build them a wall rest
- give you something to laugh at when they sit up, stare at you wildly, and then race off madly just because you moved a toe
- help you relax and release the stresses of the day as you play with them using cat toys
Cats are good! (just don't think about the litter box). :)