We often talk about the welfare that humans provide to pets when we are adopted by a person or family: care, shelter, food, love... That's why we love to be with you! There is no better reward than finding a good home where to grow up and be loved. But it is no less real that we, pets, also have a differential and positive role in the lives of humans with whom we live. In this post, I bring you the first part of several pieces of information that corroborate this. As living beings we are valuable, don't forget it!


In a survey of more than 2.200 young Scots ages 11-15 kids who had a strong bond with their kitties had a higher quality of life. The more attached they were, the more they feel fit, energetic and attentive and less sad and lonely; and the more they enjoyed their time alone, at leisure and at school. Also the National Institutes of Health (EEUU) released a study that found children under a year who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop allergies -and not just pet allergies. According to Marshall Plate, M.D., chief of the allergic mechanisms section at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “high pet exposure early in life appears to protect against only pet allergy but also other types of common allergies, such as allergy dust mites and grass". The physical contact between children and pets increases the levels of oxytocin in the blood. This hormone stimulates social relationships, improving behavioral aspects such as obsessive disorders.


One study found that over a 10-year period cat owners were 30 per cent less like to die of a heart attack or stroke than non-cat owners. This might just be because cat owners are more relaxed and have lower stress in general. In another study, research followed 4.435 people for 13 years. People who never had owned cats in the past were likely to die from a heart attack during that time than people who owned cats, even when accounting for other risk factors like cholesterol or smoking. Beyond providing companionship, pets help humans to follow a routine and maintain responsibility and social activity, and it is a proven fact that there is nothing more relaxing than the act of petting! It is verified to reduce the production of the stress-causing hormone cortisol!


Ninety-two cat owners and non-pet subjects were surveyed to determine the relationship between psychological health and pet ownership. The study hypothesized that cat owners would be more psychologically healthy than non-pet owners that this difference would be reflected in the cat owners having lower scores on the measures of general psychological health, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. The study also proposed that cat owners would be more nurturing. On questionnaires, they claim to feel more happy, more confident and less nervous, and to sleep, focus and face problems in their lives better.


As Karin B. Stammbach and Dennis C. Turner of the university of Zurich explain (Understanding the Human-Cat relationship: Human Social Support or Attachment), cats aren’t simply small beings who are dependent on us. We also receive comfort from them. There is an entire scientific scale that mesures how much emotional support you get from your cat, based on how likely you are to seek them in different stressful situations. Remember that cats can perceive fear and other emotional states through non-verbal language, pheromones or adrenaline give away human emotions and we are sensitive to them, responding many times with proximity, caresses like licks, etc.


If you are a single guy and you can’t get a date, don´t worry and hurry to get a cat! A British poll found that 82 % of women agreed they are more attracted to men who like animals. And while having a dog will do wonders for your dating life, a whopping 90 percent of single women said that men who own a cat are “nicer” than other guy. “Positive feelings about dogs/cats may engender positive feelings about people or vice-versa”, wrote Rose Perrine and Hannah Osbourne of eastern Kentucky University.

Today I bring you five accounts where we cats and other animals (in this order always, please) are the muses of talented photographers. Today I put the drawing pencil on pause, along with the upcoming children's clothing collection I'm creating for THECATBRANDW, and dive into the good practice of self-homage, how about you dear humans giving us for Christmas a nice image for posterity? A beautiful gift! Here you will find some inspirations.

1. @fotografiamuyanimal Carlina Gea is a photographer from Alicante with a super aesthetic eye, I recommend her instagram strongly, the only thing I would say is that she seems to prefer dogs to cats, hahaha, although her photos are so beautiful that I forgive her!!!!

2. @catpartypetportraits From Los Angeles, California, Danielle Spires photographs in a very special way proud pet dads. Heavily influenced by the 80's double exposure portrait style, she has a kitschy point and quite a sense of humor in her posts. I wouldn´t mind a photo shooting with her either.

3. @mrs.tatcher Mrs. Tatcher looks like a very interesting retired lady, her instagram tells us that she walks with a camera and a cat, from the north to the south of Siberia, and forest is not lacking! Her cat looks a bit grumpy always, so we both would get on very well. Anyway, I'm not made for snow, and besides, it's a pity I don't know Russian so I cannot follow her owner's website.

4.@mantelpiecemasterpiece If we haven't yet taken the place we deserve in history, this account looks like it wants to make amends. With a bit of artistic-digital cut-and-paste, dogs and cats we are the protagonists of royal paintings dedicated to generals, princesses and all sorts of illustrious characters. A wonderful gift for our keepers, to say "masters" would seem like the Middle Ages to me.

5 @gezgethings Gerrard Getthings masters the art of photographing us as we are: complex creatures with a unique spirit, he seems to know how to look at us from the inside; that's why his photos are so celebrated and are exhibited in galleries all over Europe. I love the series he did of pets with their humans, true soul mates.

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Today I´m changing the subject, leaving aside the styling tips and focus on the stuff that really matters: cats!! I will leave you some information pills from time to time so that you can to know us better.

1-Cat´s purring may be a self shooting behavior, since they make this (delicious) noise when they’re ill or distressed, as well as they’re happy. Don´t get confused! The fact is that a cat’s purr vibrates at a frequency of 25 to 150 hertz, which is the same frequency at which muscles and bones repair themselves

2-If your cat friend greets you with a question mark-shaped-tail is asking Want to play?

3-When you cat sticks (literally) his butt in your face, he’s doing so as kind gesture of friendship, even if you humans find it a tasteless thing to do!

4- When a cat flops over and exposes his belly in all its full glory, its not always an invitation for a belly rub. You should know that this is a delicate area of our body where we do not like to be handled. When we do this we just show confidence and relaxation.

Source: 101 Amazing Cat Facts: Fun Trivia About feline Friend

Originally illustration by APE686

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