Cat yoga may be a trend, but there are countless benefits for the shelter cats that get to participate.
First there was dog yoga. Then horse yoga. There’s even goat yoga. Now? Cat yoga has become all the rage, with shelters and yoga studios all over America catching onto the trend. And while cat yoga may be the “in” thing at the moment, there are actually many benefits to the new practice.
For one, cat yoga gives shelter cats a chance to socialize. It’s hard to give cats one-on-one attention in shelter settings, especially during busy times of the year like kitten season. These unusual yoga sessions give cats a chance to get out of their cages and interact with others. The cats have a chance to socialize, meet new people, and just spend some time relaxing in the sun. The socialization they receive may even increase their chances of being adopted – the friendlier the cats are, the more interested potential adopters may be.
These yoga classes also gets shelter cats seen. Yoga class participants get to interact with the cats, and the classes bring in people who might not otherwise have made a trip to an animal shelter. Class participants can make connections with cats, and cat yoga helps to drive cat adoptions.
But let’s not forget about the benefits for the human class participants, too. Yoga alone can be relaxing and helps to relieve stress. Combine that with playful, purring cats? Well, you have paradise. It’s a great way to unwind after a busy work week, and spending time with cats forces you to slow down a bit and enjoy life a little.
No cat yoga classes near you? Why don’t you stop by your local shelter and ask about them. The shelter might not have gotten on board with the trend yet, but if people start requesting classes, shelters are likely to consider offering them. Something tells us that cat yoga is going to be around for a long time.
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