- Physiological - control over blood pressure, relaxation, decrease in anxiety, improved survival, longer lifespan after heart attacks.
- Psychological - decreased depression, improvement in mood.
- Practical - animal-assisted therapy, alerts to oncoming medical problems (anecdotal), focal point for conversation and action.
- Communal cooperation, common goal - e.g. assisting in trap-neuter-return programmes, assisting in reducing cat abuse including eliminating declawing, devocalisation operations, or being part of a team of foster carers for cats that need rehoming.
- Reliable food source/supply.
- Medical care.
- Protection from predators and disease.
- Pleasant environment (dependent on the quality of the cat caretaker).
- Decreased stress (also dependent on skills and commitment of human).
Associated: Human - cat relationship