Cats purr to your heart's content

  • Article by: WILLIAM HAGEMAN , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2012 - 11:04 AM

Cat owners are 40 percent less likely to have heart attacks than non-cat owners, according to a 10-year study at the University of Minnesota.

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kntryboyMar. 12, 1211:48 AM

For the Lassie movie watching study to have any scientific validity, there needs to have been a control group of persons who watched dopey "feel good" movies that DON'T feature an animal. Did their stress levels decreased by an equivalent, greater or lesser degree? Either way, I hope my tax dollars didn't fund the study.

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wallwallMar. 12, 1212:30 PM

This 10 year study was conducted by the Brother in law of a high ranking U of M Alumnus who was owed something by someone. How else could this be relevant?

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wingknutMar. 12, 12 1:24 PM

When my cat scratches my couch to shreds, I believe it raises my blood pressure.

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crunchyboyMar. 12, 12 6:14 PM

I wonder what being a bitter cynic does to your expected life span? Gentlemen... care to chime in on that too?

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yathinksoMar. 12, 12 6:21 PM

I was never a big fan of cats, but after taking in a stray and getting to actually interact and understand the kitten, I am not surprised. Extremely smart and loyal. After a tough day at work I get more respect from my cat than I do from my wife on some days.

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suzette714Mar. 15, 12 1:42 PM

So ~ we have four cats ~ are we 160% less likely to have heart attacks? ;)

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quincy7981Mar. 15, 12 4:01 PM

Sooo, does this mean that getting a cat is the single best thing you can do for your health...possibly only second or third to losing weight and not smoking? Sort of makes the other health recommendations we always hear of a bit silly. ("each raw tree bark and lower your risk of X by .01%").

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marypearyApr. 12, 1210:30 PM

As the owner of many cats in my lifetime, I recently found out that the purring of cats is not only soothing, but can help to knit bones back together. Animal doctors have known for years if you put cats into a bag with broken bones, soon the bones will be healed. Interesting and a happy hopeful sign.

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