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Working From Home With a Cat Is Good for Your Mental Health

New research confirms what you likely already suspected: working from home with a cat is good for your mental health. Cat care company Tippaws recently conducted a survey of cat parents, and its findings are worth copying and pasting into an email to your boss to justify your WFH arrangement (or to validate your desire to adopt another cat).

Research reveals the benefits of working from home with a cat

Tippaws found that over half of cat parents in the UK telecommute with their pets nearby their workstations — whether that’s on their laps, on a bed, or another clever resting place. (Basket of clean laundry, we’re looking at you!)

What’s more, one-third of telecommuting cat parents confessed that their fur baby has crashed virtual work meetings. Coworkers don’t seem to mind, as 82 percent of survey respondents said their colleagues know their cat by name.

Overall, the survey showed that almost all — 96 percent, in fact — of survey respondents experienced an improvement in their mental health as a result of working from home with a feline friend.

“Cats may be independent creatures, but they strike the perfect balance of affection, support and distraction,” Tippaws Founder Rachel Andre told Women’s Health. “We believe this makes cats excellent WFH colleagues, enhancing the well-being of their owner and making their workday more enjoyable.”

Surprisingly, research suggests that the work-from-home arrangement benefits cats, too.

“Early studies suggest that there may be a link between the number of hours a cat is left alone in the house per day and negative behavior,” Andre said. “Conversely, spending more time with your cat during the day may help reduce the risk of behavioral issues.”

Why telecommuting is good for cat parents (and their cats)

So, now you know that working from home with a cat benefits both you and your feline friend. But what’s behind the mood boost? Here are a few reasons:

Emotional support and companionship

Cats provide valuable emotional support. Working from home often involves long hours spent alone, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. A cat’s presence can alleviate these emotions by offering companionship and unconditional love. Simply having a cat nearby can create a sense of connection and reduce feelings of solitude. Ultimately, your cat’s presence boosts your mental well-being.

Stress reduction and relaxation

High stress levels can significantly impact human productivity and mental health. Fortunately, cats are natural stress relievers. Their calming presence and soothing purrs can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety. Taking short breaks throughout the workday to interact with a cat, such as playing or cuddling, can provide an instant mood boost and help create a more relaxed work environment.

Better work-life balance

One of the advantages of working from home is the flexibility it offers. However, without proper boundaries, the line between work and personal life can blur, leading to burnout and decreased productivity. Cats, with their routines and need for attention, can help establish a healthier work-life balance. They serve as gentle reminders to take breaks, stretch, and engage in non-work-related activities. A quick play session or a few moments spent watching your cat explore can rejuvenate your mind and prevent overworking.

Increased physical activity

Sitting for long hours at a desk can negatively impact your physical and mental well-being. However, having a cat at home encourages movement and physical activity. Cats often provide entertaining distractions, inviting us to play, chase, or engage in interactive toys. Even scooping the litter box can be a welcome break from your bottomless inbox! These brief moments of physical activity not only benefit your cat but also increase your blood circulation and boost your energy levels. Regular movement breaks with your feline companion can contribute to physical health, improved mental focus, and overall productivity.

Mindfulness and presence

Cats are masters of living in the moment. Their ability to be fully present can serve as a powerful lesson for humans. When you work alongside a cat, their behavior reminds you to be more mindful, to slow down, and to appreciate the simple joys of life. Taking a moment to observe their curiosity, grace, and playfulness can anchor you in the present and reduce stress caused by overthinking or future worries.

So, there you have it. When it comes to working from home, a cat can make the daily grind feel less soul-crushing. In between endless Zoom meetings (that could’ve been an email) and mind-numbing spreadsheets, remember to take a break and connect with your cat!

Read more about how cats can help with anxiety and depression. Also, check out the top health benefits of having a pet!

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