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Archive for Friday, February 22, 2008

Study finds health benefits to owning cats

February 22, 2008

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— Here, kitty kitty....

A new study suggests cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke than people who, well, don't own cats. And no, dogs don't do the same trick.

The study, by researchers at the University of Minnesota, found that feline-less people were 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those with cats.

Yet dog owners had the same rate as nonowners. "No protective effect of dogs as domestic pets was observed," said the study, which was presented Thursday at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans.

Dr. Adnan Qureshi, a stroke expert at the university, said he decided to raise the question because other studies have suggested pets can help reduce stress. He and his team analyzed a group of 4,435 people who had answered questionnaires about pet ownership and other risk factors.

But the cat-dog differential came as a surprise. "We don't understand this completely," he said, but "it's probably not a coincidence."

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Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

Yeah. And who else will protect you from some crazy rich man who wants you to walk around the edge of the building or else you will be framed for dealing heroin.

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jonas 6 years, 1 month ago

Well, without that cat, what's going to protect you from that creepy little goblin thing that comes out of the wall and sucks away your breath. Sure, you thought it could only happen to Drew Barrymore, but you were wrong, weren't you?

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Ragingbear 6 years, 1 month ago

I guess that women with 300 cats are immortal? I guess we need to get the Highlander. In the end, there can be only one.

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