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6 Health Benefits of Having Pets

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4. Cats Lower Risk of  Fatal Heart Attack
Researchers looked at nearly 4,500 adults and found that cat ownership was related to a 40 percent lower risk of suffering a fatal heart attack. The team speculated that having a cat may reduce stress and anxiety, and thus protect against cardiovascular disease. For example, the mere act of petting your cat can lower your blood pressure!

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:49AM PDT on Jul 16, 2015

I know I'm healthier because of my Service Dog & my Cat! I used to bring my 3 Dogs to a Nursing Facility for people with terminal illnesses (My Mom had Alzheimer's) and it was amazing to see the way people lit up with smiles and laughter and even began speaking after looking so sad & detached! Animals are Wonderful Therapy! Thank you for this article!

5:27PM PDT on Jun 21, 2015

I miss my dogs.... :(

9:38AM PDT on May 1, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

6:54AM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

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4:50AM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

lovely

8:39AM PDT on Apr 20, 2015

My thinking exactly

7:57PM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Great stories, Great Pictures, Great Advice, Great Day with so much purrrrr-fecttttt love.

7:54PM PDT on Apr 13, 2015

Wouldn't be without my cat he just the purr-fect company, 24/7. Thank you for sharing.

11:45AM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

I know that some of the residents at the nursing home where I volunteer really enjoy visiting animals. There is even a "country day" where small farm animals are brought in, particularly into the courtyard... I even arranged miniature horses one year... they were a bit hit.

12:35PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

My cats have changed my life for the better in every way. Nothing can replace the unconditional love I get from them, When I get home from work they are waiting for me at the door and when I open the door they are both there with little bodies arched, tails straight up and quivering with excitement. I usually throw my bags down and drop to the floor and they fly into my arms....It's priceless.

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