According to a poll of over 10,000 households, conducted by the charity Cats Protection, most cat owners see their pets as “great companions”. “Cats are fabulous company and when you are feeling sad they just know how to cheer you up,” one respondent said.

The first annual Cats and their Stats (CATS) report, call itself “the first comprehensive picture of owned cats in the UK”, and delved into a range of aspects of cat ownership. The bottom line is that cats help people live calmer, less stressful lives until the cat knocks over a valuable vase because you’re not paying attention to it.

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