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Studies show that cats are good for us.

By Steve Dale

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It’s considered common knowledge: Dogs are good for us. Just petting a dog lowers blood pressure and increases the flow of beneficial neurochemicals such as dopamine in the brain. Hundreds of studies demonstrate bountiful health benefits of dogs.
So, what about cats? Are they equally good for us?

“It may not be equal, just different,” says Adnan Qureshi, MD, one of the few people ever to study healthful benefits of cats. Qureshi, a professor of neurosurgery and neurology at the University of Minnesota was the lead investigator of a groundbreaking University of Minnesota Stroke Research Center study. After following nearly 4,500 people for a decade, it turns out that cats were more protective against cardiovascular diseases than dogs.

**Get the June 2010 issue of CAT FANCY to read the full article.**

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