It certainly wasn’t a surprise to me! As someone who shares her life with 4 fabulous felines, reading the report about the health benefits of living with a cat simply verified what I already knew.
The report by Dr. Adnan Qureshi, executive director of the Minnesota Stroke Institute at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, said that the stress-relieving benefits of having a cat in your home could cut your risk of heart attack by one-third…one third!! According to Dr. Qureshi, that statistic was quite surprising.
The report came from a 10-year study of over 4300 Americans. Data from people who shared or had shared their lives with a cat was compared to those who had never done so. It was interesting to read that cat lovers continued to reap the heart benefits even if they were not currently living with a feline.
Previous reports suggest that sharing your life with a dog, cat or other animal companion can have a very positive effect on your health.
Like I said – no surprise there!