Over the past several weeks, cats have continuously proven their resilience. Gracie Mae survived a flight from Florida to Texas inside her owner’s luggage where she revealed herself to a man who had mistakenly grabbed the wrong suitcase. Meatloaf, oddly also of Florida, crawled into a container bound for Arizona. Three weeks later, he emerged much skinnier but none the worse for wear. Gracie Mae and Meatloaf are shining examples of just how well cats can take care of themselves. And you, along with all other cat owners, are an example of just how well they can take care of their people.
A study of nearly 4,500 men and women over 20 years found that those who owned a cat were significantly less likely to die of a heart attack or separate cardiovascular event. Those who had never had a cat were 40 percent more likely to succumb to a heart attack and 30 percent more likely to die as a result of a stroke or heart failure. How is this possible? It’s not that cats possess a magical ability to heal the cardiovascular system but that their presence reduces stress, calms you and enables you to feel well.
So maybe it’s time you started spoiling the feline in your life. She’s making you healthier – you might as well make her happier. Invest in some delicious (for her) cat treats and add a little fun to her regular meals. Then, the next time you’re at the store, pick up a few toys. They’ll keep her occupied, amused and active, which is an important part of cat AND human life. And of course, don’t forget to take her to the vet regularly. She won’t do you a lick of good if she’s not 100-percent herself.