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.And if you don't have a cat, you should at least drop by here once a week for Friday catblogging. It might help and it can't hurt.
Yet dog owners had the same rate as non-owners. "No protective effect of dogs as domestic pets was observed," said the study, 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," he said, but "it's probably not a coincidence."
Asked if he owns a cat, Qureshi replied: "No. Maybe I should get one, though."
FRIDAY CATBLOGGING....On the left we have Domino amongst the light and shadow. On the right, Inkblot gets rewarded for his fine work supervising Marian's gardening. As well he should, since a recent study shows that he and Domino are helping to protect us from heart attacks and strokes: