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 Steve 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?