Cat lovers rejoice! There is now new evidence that your feline friend is actually beneficial for your health! In a new study from Georgia Southern University and the University of Minnesota, female cat owners are less likely to die of stroke.
The research involved nearly 4,000 adults over age 50 without major illnesses. They were questioned about physical activity, weight, height, cigarette smoking and other health risk factors. Approximately one-third owned pets (mostly dogs).
Researchers found: “Owning a cat rather than a dog was significantly associated with a reduced hazard of dying from CVD events, in particular, stroke. The protection pets confer may not be from physical activities, but possibly due to personality of the pet owners or stress-relieving effects of animal companionship.”
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