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Cats are the new aspirin [prevent heart attacks]
Roanoke Times ^ | 2/22/2008

Posted on 02/22/2008 11:46:17 PM PST by bruinbirdman

According to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, having a kitty in your life could make you less likely to die of a cardiovascular disease, but this same protective effect does not extend to those who share their lives only with dogs.

A WebMD news report said, compared with cat owners, people who never had a pet cat were 40 percent more likely to die of a heart attack and 30 percent more likely to die of any cardiovascular disease, including stroke, heart failure, and chronic heart disease.

The study was based on data collected from nearly 4,500 men and women, ages 30 to 75. All were free of cardiovascular disease when they entered the study in the 1970s. The angle of pet ownership was examined on the tail of recent research indicating pets reduce stress. Apparently they did not make the same connection to improved health with the respondents who only had dogs.

The study results were presented this week at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans.

So should you head to the shelter and adopt a cat as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle?

I would say yes, as long as you like kitties. I would also recommend adopting two cats, because two are always better than one. However, you must remember that you are not the owner of the cats; you are their employees.

Do good work and they will reward you with life-saving purrs and chin-rubbings.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cats; freepun; health; kittyping; pets
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To: Renfield

LOL!!!

I like you you’re funny!!


101 posted on 02/23/2008 9:00:59 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: martin_fierro

WOW!

Now that is PWNT. That poor bugger!


102 posted on 02/23/2008 9:01:41 AM PST by Danae (Remember: Obama = Pull out from Iraq. PLAN on voting, or accept responsibility for the consequences.)
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To: Lobbyist

You have got to see these pictures, Good for a laugh


103 posted on 02/23/2008 9:03:39 AM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Slings and Arrows

In other words she is chasing the laser light that only she can see. I had one like that once, he played bottlecap hockey in my kitchen loud enough to wake the dead sometimes. Cat had more energy than any creature his size should that was for sure, I miss him dearly.


104 posted on 02/23/2008 9:04:12 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: bruinbirdman

Compare me to aspirin, will you?

105 posted on 02/23/2008 9:05:12 AM PST by Darnright
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To: pissant; bruinbirdman
Taste alot better though. A little lemon pepper, and its just like cornish game hen.

LOL! :D....I like Chinese food, too!

106 posted on 02/23/2008 9:06:27 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: pepsionice
If I were willing to accept the data...then my first reaction would be why? Logic would dictate that it is not merely having a close pet...which a dog would easily accomplish in this logic. The cat has to have some type of bacteria....that would be helping your body in some fashion. So...as the cat owner quietly sleeps at night...that dang cat is licking your face...transmitting lots of friendly bacteria into you...thus saving your life in the end. Logically...this is the only way that this would work.

Or it could also be that having a cat on your lap or chest while petting it could have a calming effect, through the warmth and vibration (as well as the sound) of the purring.

Mark

107 posted on 02/23/2008 9:08:30 AM PST by MarkL
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To: bruinbirdman

This is nice to know since I have 2 kitties, yet, last year I adopted 2 puppies and they’re about to give me a heart attack. I’m sure they’ve already given my female kitty one or two.


108 posted on 02/23/2008 9:09:48 AM PST by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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To: SatinDoll
...and would eat the lawn before eating them...not very efficience, Lamb taste so much better
109 posted on 02/23/2008 9:11:50 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: SatinDoll
...and would eat the lawn before eating them...not very efficience, Lamb taste so much better.....(I've owned...and vice/verses a...cats/dogs, too. :)
110 posted on 02/23/2008 9:12:08 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: bruinbirdman

A cat person has quite a bit different disposition than a dog person


111 posted on 02/23/2008 9:16:51 AM PST by fso301
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To: Allegra
*joke*

http://www.starterupsteve.com/swf/chowmein.html

*/joke*

112 posted on 02/23/2008 9:18:44 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: bruinbirdman; PetroniDE; 4catsinmaryland; 4mycountry; 7.62 x 51mm; abner; Aeronaut; Allegra; ...

113 posted on 02/23/2008 9:19:30 AM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: bruinbirdman

*joke*

http://www.starterupsteve.com/swf/chowmein.html

*/joke*


114 posted on 02/23/2008 9:19:48 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
One cat will do and two cats are better.




115 posted on 02/23/2008 9:25:21 AM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: bruinbirdman; SatinDoll

If this really has any element of truth, I think it must be the cats’ purring when you pet them or when they are lying on you-it is a very soothing sound, and I think it relieves stress.

We have three rescued neutered male cats and a female Siberian Husky who get along very well and play together. Since the newest cat is a 9 month old kitten full of energy, it is not so soothing when he starts a game of chase all over the house with the other two cats and the dog gleefully running after him-things tend to get knocked to the floor and the throw rugs become airborne.


116 posted on 02/23/2008 9:55:17 AM PST by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: Lady Jag

MEOW!!!


117 posted on 02/23/2008 10:26:44 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("It may take another Jimmy Carter to get another Ronald Reagan". Rush Limbaugh Jan. 14, 2008)
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To: Lady Jag
Haha!!!! Cute kitty!

Bring It On.  LOL

118 posted on 02/23/2008 10:28:30 AM PST by SheLion (Fred was the only one I cared for.)
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To: skinkinthegrass; humblegunner; Eaker; TheMom; pax_et_bonum; Xenalyte; The Spirit Of Allegiance; ...
ROFL!!!

Hey, y'all check this out.

119 posted on 02/23/2008 10:51:30 AM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: Arrowhead1952; Lady Jag

120 posted on 02/23/2008 11:01:09 AM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: T-Bird45

that’s great!


121 posted on 02/23/2008 11:03:29 AM PST by tired1 (responsibility without authority is slavery!)
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To: andyandval
ROFLMAO!!!


122 posted on 02/23/2008 12:01:53 PM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: pepsionice
why? Logic would dictate that it is not merely having a close pet...which a dog would easily accomplish in this logic. The cat has to have some type of bacteria....that would be helping your body in some fashion. .... Logically...this is the only way that this would work.

Well, don't forget the self-selection factor. Maybe people who are more laid back prefer the introverted cat as a pet. Therefore they are more likely not to be high-stress, Type A individuals. After all, a cat is very independent, and this is threatening to high-control, stressed out individuals, who prefer to order a dog around and have slavish devotion from the more extroverted canine species. Cats, by contrast, make you the slave. You have to have serenity and self-confidence to be owned by a cat.

123 posted on 02/23/2008 12:15:25 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("How [Obama] stumbled onto Walter Mondale's political philosophy is beyond me." —Tony Blankley)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Meow!


124 posted on 02/23/2008 12:42:02 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

LOL, now that guy has ATTITUDE. He’s cute, reminds me of my big, fat, neutered panther spread out on my living room couch.


125 posted on 02/23/2008 12:56:58 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: bruinbirdman
If having a kitty is healthy, having kitties galore is even healthier.


126 posted on 02/23/2008 1:03:49 PM PST by DTA (Memo to Condi: Ensure that choppers can use Pristina Embassy roof !)
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To: SatinDoll

I have eight cats and two dogs and would eat the lawn before eating them.<<<<<<<<<<<

Hmmm. I should discuss logistics with you sometime. I have 4 cats and 1 dog, and the cats are wearing me down, much as I would never trade them for anything. I’m either going to invent a really, really good cat box or related system, or hire a “pet butler” service (euphamism for cat box and dog yard scoopers). I should have stock in all the new fangled cat boxes I’ve acquired and discarded.


127 posted on 02/23/2008 1:19:05 PM PST by Mjaye (Some folks close their mouth only long enough to change feet)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

What an hilarious thread! Thanx!!


128 posted on 02/23/2008 1:25:08 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("How [Obama] stumbled onto Walter Mondale's political philosophy is beyond me." —Tony Blankley)
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To: Allegra

129 posted on 02/23/2008 1:26:14 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Those who surrender personal liberty for lower global temperatures will receive neither."--weegee)
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To: Slings and Arrows

130 posted on 02/23/2008 1:27:32 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Our man in washington

Ping to # 123.


131 posted on 02/23/2008 1:30:46 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Ronin
I’m down from 6 to two plus an outdoor chap we call Mr Peepers. He is a big swell feller and loves his lovies. I have a BP at the lower end of normal while my hubby who rarely ever holds our 19 year old Taco has to take BP meds..now there is science fer ye.
132 posted on 02/23/2008 1:30:56 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: bruinbirdman

You'll need an aspirin after this!

133 posted on 02/23/2008 1:34:50 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Slings and Arrows

ROFL!! I love the Wicked Wok sign!


134 posted on 02/23/2008 1:38:37 PM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: LexBaird
Wow! With 47 cats, I’ve got it made in the shade!

Oh, so you're that lady...

I guess so. I can't imagine there are too many people crazy enough to be owned by so many cats. :-)

135 posted on 02/23/2008 1:47:29 PM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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To: Allegra
Thanks!


136 posted on 02/23/2008 1:53:06 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Those who surrender personal liberty for lower global temperatures will receive neither."--weegee)
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To: pissant

Cat - The OTHER white meat.


137 posted on 02/23/2008 2:02:39 PM PST by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: bruinbirdman
Dunno about the research quality. When the little beggars barf on the clean carpet, that causes stress for me and the cat.
138 posted on 02/23/2008 2:08:40 PM PST by pointsal
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To: bruinbirdman

“Cats are the new aspirin [prevent heart attacks]”

Tell that to these folks!

“PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours.

His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live. (more at link)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1872214/posts


139 posted on 02/23/2008 3:04:13 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

140 posted on 02/23/2008 4:15:34 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: girlangler

You’re joking right?


141 posted on 02/23/2008 4:43:38 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: Rennes Templar

Well, I have a 10 pound black and white panther.

At least HE believes he’s a panther.

Should have seen him the day he tried to sneak up on, and attack, a deer in the yard.

Anyway, he keeps me laughing, so he probably is good for my heart.


142 posted on 02/23/2008 4:56:40 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Shyla

Ping, in case you missed this.


143 posted on 02/23/2008 5:10:08 PM PST by Doctor Phogg (Dogs think they're human, Cats think they're gods)
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To: Abathar

Perfect! Except for the baseball bat, that’s exactly how my cats behave.

Mine brings me gifts all night. I wake up in the morning surrounded by puff balls and feather toys. No live mice yet, thankfully.


144 posted on 02/23/2008 5:19:57 PM PST by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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To: girlangler

Mine is only 5 pounds, and he seems big. You’ve got a “whopper”.


145 posted on 02/23/2008 5:30:53 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs by facts.)
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To: Doctor Phogg

Thank you for the ping.

At this time,a litter box is what I do not need.

I would have a kitty but with two tiny house dogs and the wolves....our spare time is not spare : )

Thanks!


146 posted on 02/23/2008 6:39:37 PM PST by Shyla
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To: bruinbirdman

Cats are nice but anything cats can do dogs can do better.


147 posted on 02/23/2008 6:43:18 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Slings and Arrows
This is one of four deck cats I take care of: This is Dewy Image and video hosting by TinyPic
148 posted on 02/23/2008 6:52:21 PM PST by angcat (Indian name "She who yells too much")
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To: SheLion
Cats rule!




149 posted on 02/23/2008 6:53:22 PM PST by Lady Jag (Always look on the bright side of life)
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To: Lady Jag
Lol, I Love this Thread, Lady Jag! Thank you for the Ping! : )


150 posted on 02/23/2008 6:58:59 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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