Study reveals cats are good for your heart

Is your cat’s purr good for your heart? Research provides compelling support for this theory.

According to a 10-year study at the University of Minnesota Stroke Center, cat owners are less likely to have a heart attack than non-cat owners. And not just slightly less likely, but 40% less likely!

Purring is thought to be a calming mechanism in cats, but it turns out that perhaps humans may also benefit from the purr of a cat as well.

A separate study at Kean University looked at subjects watching the movie “Lassie” and measured their stress levels before and after the movie. The results were that their stress levels decreased after watching the movie.

In an article on WSBT news, author and animal behavior consultant┬áSteve Dale said that the human-animal connection “alters our neurochemistry. Not just the physiology, the blood pressure change, which is significant, but also the neurochemistry. The scientists are discovering there really is a difference here.”

I’m a firm believer that pets can greatly reduce stress and make us happier; after all, that’s part of why we are all pet owners, right?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

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