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 a study referenced on Webmd.com, author Charlene Laino notes that “compared with cat owners, people who never had a pet cat were 40% more likely to die of a heart attack over the 20-year study period. They were also 30% more likely to die of any cardiovascular disease, including stroke, heart failure, and chronic heart disease.”
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?