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Lower Your Stress … With a Cat?

By The Daily Cat experts

Lower Your Stress … With a Cat?

Numerous studies conclude that cats reduce the stress levels of their owners. Few things are as soothing as a relaxed cat purring or snoozing on your lap, since we sense those good vibes that can carry over to us.

The process isn’t just mental. Dr. Karen Allen -- a medicine research scientist at the at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York -- and her colleagues studied 48 male and female stockbrokers who were using medication to control high blood pressure. Allen and her team found that those with a pet experienced half the increase in blood pressure under stress as those who did not own a pet.

“The results are dramatic and significant,” says Allen, who measured heart rate and blood pressure responses to mental and physical stress. “We’ve shown over and over that it’s beneficial to be with a pet when you’re under stress.”

Yet another study, conducted by psychologist Sara Staats of The Ohio State University, found that college students could handle stressful situations better if they had a pet.

“We might not think of college students as being lonely, but a lot of freshman and sophomores are in an early transition from living at home to living in dorms or off-campus,” says Staats. “We found that a lot of young adults are choosing to have an animal companion to help get them through these difficult and stressful situations. Many more say that without their pet, they would feel lonely.”

Finally, if you have a cat or another pet, you may enjoy closer relationships with humans, feel more satisfied in marriage and respond better to stresses that can break apart other couples. Allen and her team also found that systolic blood pressure readings of couples with pets were lower at baseline, rose less in response to stress and returned to baseline quicker than they did in couples without pets.

“Many studies have shown that social support is protective of cardiovascular health,” says Allen. “We know that people who have many social interactions are healthier than people who don’t. In this study, people who owned a pet had significantly more interactions with other people than couples who didn’t.”

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Posted on March 18, 2012

Paul says: cats that are not showing mstpyoms of AIDS do not need anything special to expand his life just treat him as you would any other cat. if mstpyoms do arise, or kitty gets a cold, get him to the vet so that they can give the cats meds to get rid of the cold . good luck!

Posted on June 8, 2012

Suryo says: Demodectic mange in your cats can cause baldness also but may also cause milnicuse red patches that can become highly inflamed. The last type of mange is Sarcoptes, and it's highly rare but has happened in cats, and when it does, it is highly tough, enduring, and can be particularly heavy for your pet. Cortisone may be prescribed to help with the itching that your kitty will have.

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