You no longer have to feel guilty about watching cat videos instead of doing something a little more productive. It turns out that warm and fuzzy feeling you get after watching adorable cats online has a more profound effect than you might think. A new study by an Indiana University researcher found that watching cat videos boosts the viewer’s energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings. “Some people may think watching online cat videos isn’t a serious enough topic for academic research, but the fact is that it’s one of the most popular uses of the Internet today,” said Gall Myrick, who headed up the study. “If we want to better understand the effects the Internet may have on us as individuals and on society, then researchers can’t ignore Internet cats anymore.” You can read more about the study on Eureka Alert.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat last week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we explained why senior cats need more protein in their diet, on Tuesday, we introduced you to POD, a new GPS tracking device for cats, on Wednesday, we told you how cannabis helped improve the quality of life for a 19-year-old cat with multiple health problems, on Thursday, we featured Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats, and on Friday, we reviewed Home with Henry by Anne Kaier.
Today’s video featuring cats hugging toys is sure to ramp up those good feelings – enjoy!
Conscious Cat Sunday will return next week.
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