It might seem that your cat dosen’t care about you, but that’s not the case. After years of false allegations that cats don’t care about humans we know have empirical evidence that the opposite is true. Cats actually like humans!
Researchers at Oregon State University offered 38 cats a choice between food, a toy, an interesting smell (catnip, a gerbil) and attention from a human.
Thirty-seven percent preferred food to anything else. Eleven percent liked toys, and one cat was preoccupied with the smells of catnip and gerbils.
But 19 of them — half! — preferred the company of humans above all, choosing them over other entertainment possibilities.
Having a pet cat or dog is beneficial for your health, with dog owners seeing huge decreases of heart problems. A pet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol by their very being. There’s no word yet on if pets are magical 😉
If you’re thinking of getting a pet make sure to check your local rescue shelter for a match.
“There was enough data to make us believe that there probably was some relationship between pet ownership and decreased cardiovascular risk,” Dr. Glenn Levine, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said in an interview this week.
In particular, dog ownership may help reduce cardiovascular risk, the group said.
People with dogs often get more physical activity by walking them, agreed Dr. Chi-Ming Chow, a cardiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a former dog owner.
Read more at the CBC.
I like cats! Now there is another reason to love those cute balls of fur: they’re good for keeping a healthy heart.
A U.S. study suggests having a cat at home could cut your risk of a heart attack by almost a third.
The finding suggests that the stress relief pets provide to humans is heart-healthy.
Researchers analyzed data on more than 4,400 Americans, age 30 to 75, who took part in the U.S. government’s second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, which ran from 1976 to 1980.