Cat videos boost mood: study

WATCHING cat videos on the internet could be a low-cost intervention improving emotional wellbeing, a researcher says.

To explore the idea, US media researcher Jessica Gall Myrick conducted an on-line survey of 6000 people, finding cat-related media content improves mood.

She says scientific studies of pet therapy have shown time spent with real animals improves mood and wellbeing so virtual experiences might also be useful – and much cheaper.

Assistant Professor Myrick, whose research includes the role of emotions in media and how this can be harnessed for improved public health, notes that as