Tell the "crazy cat lady" archetype to step aside—there's some new research in town, and it says that owning cats actually makes you healthier, and definitely not a crazy cat lady. According to Psychological Medicine, there's absolutely no link to owning cats and psychosis later in life—and there's even more research proving that cats are actually beneficial to several parts of our health. In fact, living with a cute kitten—or two or three or four—can actually reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases. Seriously.
A study posted in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Nuerology states that: "a decreased risk for death due to MI and all cardiovascular diseases (including stroke) was observed among persons with cats. Acquisition of cats as domestic pets may represent a novel strategy for reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases in high-risk individuals."
Owning cats can seriously help out your health situation. Kitties can easily reduce your levels of stress—especially for women above 50 years old—and the comforting rhythmic sound of their purring actually has healing powers. The sound has been linked to lessening chances of a heart attack and even strengthening your bones. Talk about a magical mammal.
So, tell everyone who's ever diminished your cat-loving nature to the cat lady stereotype—even calling it "crazy"—to knock it off. In the end, just know that you'll be the healthiest (and happiest) one in the room. Other than your cat, of course.
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