Want to Live Longer? Adopt a cat or dog.

January 14, 2014 11:40 am

Have you considered adopting a pet into your family?

More than 60 percent of US families have a pet, and while the dog or cat or other animal will benefit from the love and care you’ll be providing them, it’s not a one-way street.


After following more than 4,000 cat owners over 10 years, a study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute found that owning a cat can dramatically reduce a person’s chance of dying from heart disease [source: Mundell], and while this study did not include dogs, researchers suspect that if it had, similar results would have emerged.

According to an article in Animal Planet, this merely adds to the existing evidence that shows how animals can benefit human health.

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