People feel more energetic, happy and less stressed after watching a video of a cat - even when they felt guilty about it because they were supposed to be doing something else, a new study reveals.

Researchers recruited 7000 people to assess the emotional effects of watching cat videos.

"Consumption of online cat-related media deserves empirical attention," wrote the paper's author Jessica Gall Myrick.

"As the news accounts suggest, internet users spend a significant amount of time consuming cat-related media, some of that while they are supposed to be doing other tasks like working or studying."

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Yep, been there.

"Practically," Myrick writes, "these findings... promote the idea that viewing internet cats may actually function as a form of digital pet therapy and/or stress relief for internet users."

With digital pet therapy in mind, we have compiled our ten favourite cat videos - and as research suggests, there's no need for you to feel bad about it.

Here are our top ten favourite cat videos (in no particular order):

No no no cat

Chillest cat ever: Cat sitting relaxed

Yass kitty yass

Cat drinking water from faucet

Stalking cat

Frankenstein cat

Maru puts a paper bag on his head

Kitten surprise! (How to break up a cat fight)

Henri - the depressed French cat

Cat jump fail

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Consider it digital pet therapy.

Posted by Herald Life on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

- nzherald.co.nz