August 8, 2018

The original #wellnessinfluencer? Cats. Why, you ask? Because they’re self-care goals.

Our feline companions know how to set boundaries, live authentically, and self-heal, among other things.

In honor of #InternationalCatDay, we rounded up some of our favorite ways cats live, breathe, and purr (sorry, had to) self-care.

1. They Self-Soothe via Purring

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Cats purr when they’re happy—but also when they’re nervous or in pain. Some experts believe this latter type of purring is a self-soothing mechanism. The frequency of their purr, weirdly, is one at which bones and muscles best “grow and repair themselves,” according to LiveScience.com.

2. They’re Not Afraid to Set Boundaries

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When cats don’t cover their poop in their litter box, it’s their way of saying, “I ain’t afraid of no human.”

3. They Have a Skin-care (and Fur-care) Routine

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Grooming helps cats spread natural oils through their skin and coat, keeping it looking sharp. It’s also a stress-reliever.

4. They Speak Their Needs

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Cats can manipulate their meow to sound as urgent as a baby’s cry—making us care for them quicker.

5. They Prioritize Their Zzzzzs

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Yup, cats spend a whopping two-thirds of their life asleep. They have no FOMO—only JOMO.

6. They Chose Their Destiny

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According to Quartz, cats chose to hang with humans about 9,000 years ago when they noticed they could get some extra food from farmers.

7. They’re All For Showing Support

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Cats can lower an owner’s stress level, and specifically they can help people in mourning move on after a loss more quickly.

8. They’re Here to Spread the Love

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A 2003 study conducted in Austria found that “having a cat in the house is the emotional equivalent of having a romantic partner,” according to Mental Floss. Now, we have to patiently wait for Bumble Cat to become a thing.

h/t BuzzFeed

Interested in adopting a cat? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) can help you rescue a feline friend.


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