A new study out of the University of Minnesota suggests that cat owners are “less likely to die of a heart attack or stroke” than cat-less people. The study did not find this to be true for dogs, however, which was a surprise to the researchers. They found that cat owners were 30 to 40 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those without cats.
If you want my theory, I think the magic is in the purr. Anyone who has ever sat with a kitty quietly purring on her lap knows that stress just melts away. Cats have that mellow, confident way of saying, “Hey, don’t sweat it. Everything’s gonna be fine.” And I’ve even had the good fortune of blissfully drifting off to sleep to the sounds of purring in stereo with a feline friend on each side of me. How could one possibly have a stroke with all of that going on?