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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

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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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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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