The UK’s biggest cat charity will be promoting the health benefits of owning a cat when it attends the London Wellbeing Festival at Olympia.
Cats Protection will be welcoming visitors to its stand at the event, from May 1-4, to discuss how cat ownership can have a huge positive effect on physical and mental health.
Research commissioned by the charity shows that sharing a home with a cat can help people of all ages cope with the demands of everyday life, with findings such as:
• During the months of January and February, cat owners suffer 60% less headaches than non-cat owners, are 21% less likely to catch a cold or flu, and feel significantly less miserable, impatient and tense.
• 81% of children aged 13 and under sometimes share their feelings with their cats rather than a family member or friend when they are upset.
• 50% of people aged over 55 said their cat had helped them in times of a crisis, whilst 46 per cent felt their cat had helped them cope better with bereavement.
Cats Protection’s Events Manager Emma Osborne said: “Our research shows that cats can have a hugely positive impact in the lives of people they live with, whether they are young children, busy couples or pensioners.
“We know cats can provide endless entertainment with their antics, but it is also the companionship and the comfort they bring that has such a beneficial impact on their owner’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”
The charity’s stand at the show will be a one-stop shop for cat owners or those looking to welcome a cat into their home, with a wealth of care guides and information.
There will also be the chance to find out how to get involved by volunteering for the charity to help cats in need across the UK or find out about adopting a cat from the charity.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.
To find out more about adopting a cat from the charity or becoming a volunteer, please visit www.cats.org.uk or ring the Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.
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