• Adele Danskin

Are Cats Good for Kids?

Cats can be a healthy and joyful addition to any family, and can help our children in a variety of ways.

 Here are some examples:

  • When kids imagine how a cat feels, it can help them learn to empathize with their peers and take their feelings into account.

  • Teaching children to confide in their cats as if they were friends can help children recover from trauma.

  • Children who own cats may have higher self-esteem.

  • Teaching kids to care for a kitten can make them more cooperative and willing to share.

  • Children who grow up with a cat are less likely to develop allergies.

  • Kids who own cats may take fewer sick days. 

The Calming Effect of Cats

Says Aaron Katcher, M.D., emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania,  “Because [humans] evolved solving problems about animals, animals have the power to entrain our attention. And when we are around animals, we become more joyous, communicative, expressive, and calm.”

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