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The Truth About Cats: They're Good for Us
Discovery News ^ | 8-21-2012 | Jennifer Viegas

Posted on 08/23/2012 6:55:24 AM PDT by Renfield

News headlines over the past few years have linked cat ownership to everything from cancer to craziness, but new studies suggest that cats are actually beneficial to human health, and may even reduce our risk for cancer and other diseases.

Reports in this week's issue of Biology Letters, for example, counter the tabloid-suggested link between cats and human brain cancer.

Marion Vittecoq of the Tour du Valat research center and her colleagues conclude that cats should not be blamed for human cancer. In fact, studies show just the opposite.

Vittecoq told Discovery News that "according to our knowledge, studies that have focused on the link between cancer and cat ownership so far have found either no association at all or a reduced risk of cancer in cat owners."...

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: cats; health; kitties; kittyping
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For all you Viking-kitty types....


1 posted on 08/23/2012 6:55:33 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

bookmark


2 posted on 08/23/2012 6:57:49 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Renfield

And tasty, too.


3 posted on 08/23/2012 6:59:55 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

I’m sorry. My four dogs made me write that.


4 posted on 08/23/2012 7:00:44 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Renfield

I can’t say much about Miss Kitty’s future health since she has decided my pillow is her box.


5 posted on 08/23/2012 7:02:44 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Renfield

===”studies that have focused on the link between cancer and cat ownership so far have found either no association at all or a reduced risk of cancer in cat owners.”

I’m going with “no association”


6 posted on 08/23/2012 7:05:14 AM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: blueunicorn6

I don’t like cats. They are not communal creatures by nature.

That said, we picked up three kittens from a neighbor to be outdoor cats to keep field mice away. They clawed up the chair legs of our wicker porch furniture. We got rid of them after four days.


7 posted on 08/23/2012 7:07:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Renfield

8 posted on 08/23/2012 7:08:40 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Renfield

Except the ‘not being able to breath’ part.

On a 0 - 5 allergy scale, the Doc actually recorded a SIX, in my medical records.


9 posted on 08/23/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: cuban leaf

Yeah....porch furniture is much more important and better company than Gods beautiful felines. You have a big heart...and such good logical morals.


10 posted on 08/23/2012 7:13:33 AM PDT by Fawn (DEAR JESUS....PLEASE LET OBAMA LOSE.....AMEN.)
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To: cuban leaf
They clawed up the chair legs of our wicker porch furniture.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

;-)

11 posted on 08/23/2012 7:15:36 AM PDT by workerbee (June 28, 2012 -- 9/11 From Within)
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To: blueunicorn6
Dogs?...who said dogs? Photobucket
12 posted on 08/23/2012 7:15:44 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: G Larry

My cat (the REAL Renfield) often makes me sneeze when he jumps on my lap.


13 posted on 08/23/2012 7:16:10 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Fawn

—Yeah....porch furniture is much more important and better company than Gods beautiful felines. You have a big heart...and such good logical morals.—

Opinions vary. ;-)

LOL @ injecting “morals” into our decision.


14 posted on 08/23/2012 7:16:20 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: workerbee

In this rare case it was not an improvement. ;-)

We’ll put up with chicken poop on some of the stuff since they give us eggs. And the baby goat just makes a lot of noise when it gets up there. But it’s meat. I prefer mouse traps to cats. But my wife disagreed until the furniture got it.


15 posted on 08/23/2012 7:18:56 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Renfield

Tell that to Norm McDonald....


16 posted on 08/23/2012 7:20:01 AM PDT by Nabber
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To: Nabber

You’ll have to explain that one to me.


17 posted on 08/23/2012 7:23:31 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: cuban leaf
I don't mind cats but I prefer dogs. They keep the riff raff out.

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18 posted on 08/23/2012 7:25:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: bgill

Is Miss Kitty an elderly girl, or just obnoxious?


19 posted on 08/23/2012 7:32:21 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: Fawn

“logical morals”

Oh, ya.....decisions on cat ownership are “moral” decisions....

Good Grief!


20 posted on 08/23/2012 7:32:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: cuban leaf
I don’t like cats. They are not communal creatures by nature.

You haven't met enough cats. Many bind very well with humans. My best cat, Jean-Marie, jumped into my arms and licked my face like crazy when I came back from my honeymoon.

Our next cat, Dominic, taught our not-too-bright rat terrier Bella to clean herself with her tongue and to try to bury her poop. Dominic is no longer with us, but the dog still tries to bury her poop and does lick herself clean to the best of her ability.

Don't confuse a natural inclination to a superiority complex with an inability to have a bond with humans that goes ebyond the "yeah, I'll eat the food they give me."

regarding the tearing the furniture ... every cat is different. Our present cat actually USES the scratching post. Wicker might be hard to resist. A water pistol to a kitty in the act combined with sour apple spray applied to the furniture would probably do the trick.
21 posted on 08/23/2012 7:32:36 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to hear you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: blueunicorn6

My wife saw my post and told me I’d better apologize.

Ahem......

Cats are cool! Cats are great!
Cats look good upon a plate!

Ow! Ouch! Ow!


22 posted on 08/23/2012 7:33:27 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: G Larry
They clawed up the chair legs of our wicker porch furniture. We got rid of them after four days.

Getting 'RID OF" a life over inanimate objects means something to me ....tells me alot about them.

23 posted on 08/23/2012 7:38:03 AM PDT by Fawn (DEAR JESUS....PLEASE LET OBAMA LOSE.....AMEN.)
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To: Renfield
I love all three of my kitties. Coming home from a hard day's work, I find it quite soothing to pick up one of the little fuzzballs and listen to them purr as I stroke them.

This is Apple. She's about four years old. I picked her up at a shelter as a birthday present for Mrs. Tweezers, who says she's the most affectionate cat she's ever known. Apple will smother you in head bonks when you pick her up.

This is Patch. I think she's about four or five years old; she was a stray that we took in last January. The Mrs. says that Patch is "my" cat, in part because she only allows me to touch her head. :) She's very loving to me and my wife, but still very shy around anyone else. I wish she'd get over her habit of vocalizing at three in the morning...

And this is Monkey. Patch was pregnant at the time she came to live with us, and Monkey is the youngest of her kittens (we've since had Patch spayed). She's about five and a half months old, and proving to be the most independent and stubborn of the three.


24 posted on 08/23/2012 7:41:52 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Vote Romney to stop Obama. Vote conservative Congresspeople to stop Romney.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Yes, exactly. Every cat is different. No two are alike.

As far as allergies go, I used to be deathly allergic to cats (and every other animal on the planet). Two shots a week for seven years cleared it up. Now I can bury my face in a long haired cat and not even sneeze.

And cats are unparalled for rodent control. If you have a farm or live in a rural location they are a must. I haven’t had a chipmunk hole in my lawn in years.


25 posted on 08/23/2012 7:42:17 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: SandyInSeattle

Just obnoxious.


26 posted on 08/23/2012 7:48:07 AM PDT by bgill
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To: cuban leaf
You should see what my daughter's 350 pound cousin-in-law did to her wicker porch furniture in one evening.
27 posted on 08/23/2012 7:49:45 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Renfield
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28 posted on 08/23/2012 7:57:19 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: Dr. Sivana
--You haven't met enough cats. Many bind very well with humans.--

I'm 58 and have met a LOT of cats. Many of them I like. And many are cute, cuddly, etc. But they are not communal by nature. We also tried the water spray to no avail. And because we put pets in general WAY down on the priority list compared to human beings and our value and lifestyle, we are not willing to alter it much to accomodate them. We have one Maltipoo that we both adore. But I can never get attached to anything non-human. Not even a beautifully restored 1964 corvette convertible, candy apple red.

29 posted on 08/23/2012 7:57:39 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: GOP Poet

ObamaCare will dictate that we now must own a cat. But who will pay for its food and kitty litter?


30 posted on 08/23/2012 7:58:47 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Renfield; Slings and Arrows

31 posted on 08/23/2012 8:01:33 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Only Obama put a dog on the roof of his mouth. Dogs are friends, not food.)
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To: a fool in paradise
That must be the least evil-looking cat I have ever seen.
32 posted on 08/23/2012 8:02:54 AM PDT by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Fawn

Look, if some young couple was unfamiliar with the costs of ownership of pets and decides to give them away, THAT is no big “moral” decision.

I’ll start worrying about animal welfare once all of the unborn babies in the world are safe.


33 posted on 08/23/2012 8:15:58 AM PDT by G Larry (Progressives are Regressive because their objectives devolve to the lowest common denominator.)
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To: cuban leaf

Cats need something appropriate to scratch. It’s your job to teach them what is appropriate to scratch.

Had you wrapped aluminum foil around the wicker porch legs, the cats would have suddenly been self-motivated to NOT scratch them.


34 posted on 08/23/2012 8:19:10 AM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: cuban leaf
I don’t like cats. They are not communal creatures by nature.

That said, we picked up three kittens from a neighbor to be outdoor cats to keep field mice away. They clawed up the chair legs of our wicker porch furniture. We got rid of them after four days.

Wow. What ignorance on your part. How exactly did you "get rid" of them?

35 posted on 08/23/2012 8:26:13 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Renfield
If one cat is good for you, 5 must be better


36 posted on 08/23/2012 8:29:11 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Altariel

Cats need something appropriate to scratch. It’s your job to teach them what is appropriate to scratch.

Had you wrapped aluminum foil around the wicker porch legs, the cats would have suddenly been self-motivated to NOT scratch them.


Yeah. That’s why we got rid of them.

We live in a rural community now. Most of the cats here are “working cats” and when one dies, the attitude is, don’t worry, we’ll make more. Many of our neighbors don’t even feed them or feed them very little. They are there to keep the critters away, end of story.


37 posted on 08/23/2012 8:29:51 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: KosmicKitty

Yikes

Sorry about that last picture, I thought I’d resized it.


38 posted on 08/23/2012 8:30:24 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: SMM48

Looks like Kitty is saying, “I iz so pretty”. LOL!


39 posted on 08/23/2012 8:35:24 AM PDT by momtothree
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40 posted on 08/23/2012 8:42:08 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Renfield
My foundling.


41 posted on 08/23/2012 8:45:18 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: Renfield

Rush and Punkin


42 posted on 08/23/2012 9:00:10 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: cripplecreek

Cats show up at the foot of your bed when you are about to die.

By the way, how’d you get a picture of my dog, Bonkers?


43 posted on 08/23/2012 9:04:22 AM PDT by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: Monkey Face

You might enjoy this thread...


44 posted on 08/23/2012 9:05:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: blueunicorn6

45 posted on 08/23/2012 9:10:14 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Renfield
Cats make great bosom buddies.


46 posted on 08/23/2012 9:15:26 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("The cross opens its arms to the four winds; it is a signpost for free travelers." GK Chesterton)
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To: Renfield

Im going to get my New Cat 2.0 very soon...
Im done healing from ver 1.0.


47 posted on 08/23/2012 9:39:22 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: BenLurkin

Yep. My son is allergic to cats or we’d probably have four cats, too.


48 posted on 08/23/2012 10:07:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Renfield; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ...

49 posted on 08/23/2012 10:29:56 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Awww! Thanks for the ping!


50 posted on 08/23/2012 10:37:41 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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