A study conducted by the Stroke Research Center at the University of Minnesota determined that cat owners are less likely to die of heart attacks or other cardiovascular diseases than people without cats.

Those who never owned a cat (about half of the study participants) were 40 percent more likely to die of heart attacks and 30 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases–such as stroke or chronic heart disease–than those who had or have had cats.

Strangely, this study did not find similar benefits for dog owners. The researchers are currently working to find if cat ownership could be used as therapeutic intervention for those who are at a high risk for cardiovascular events.

Not only are cats good for your physical health, but researchers are also finding that they are good for your mental health, as well.

Adopt a cat and stay healthy!