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The Most Exciting Medical Benefits of Owning a Cat

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Though you may have heard vague mention of the health benefits of having a cat, have you ever wondered if there was any truth to the claim, and, if it's true, what exactly the benefits were? Well if so then you’ve come to the right place to get the skinny on all the medical benefits of owning a cat, which range from physical to mental and beyond! Whether you’re considering adopting or currently share your home with a furry little friend and are want to know about the health benefits your cat is constantly showering upon you, this list is just what you need.

Gathered here are some of the coolest, most exciting, and just plain interesting cat medical benefits that science has unearthed so far. Looking for an immune booster? As it turns out, Fluffy may provide the same benefits as a multi-vitamin. Feeling a little depressed? Get ready to meet the cutest serotonin boosters on earth.

In essence, do cats improve your health? You bet and you’ve come to the right spot to discover just how they do it.
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    Cat Purrs Promote Healing Of Bones And Soft Tissue

    Believe it or not, studies are now showing that the purr of a cat can serve as far more than simply a delightful acknowledgement of your furry little companion's approval. As it turns out, when a cat's purr is within 20-140 hertz, nearby humans are scoring all sorts of health benefits. Kitty purrs can do everything from helping to strengthen bones to promoting the healing of soft tissue injuries.
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    Kitties Can Lower The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

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    According to a study from the University of Minnesota, cat ownership is a great way to keep your ticker in shape. Statistics from the study revealed that cat owners were between 30 and 40% less likely to kick the bucket due to cardiovascular disease than non-cat owners. And nope, it turned out substituting dogs for said felines did not produce the same effects.
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    Therapy Cats Can Be Trained To Detect Seizures

    Though cats are a less common a choice for a therapy animal than dogs are, studies are now showing that cats are great at this job too. More are more studies are showing that cats can not only detect when their owners are about to have a seizure, but that they can be trained to warn their humans of the oncoming attack. No one knows quite what gives kitty kind this unique ability, but scientists guess it has something to do with their ability to detect biochemical scents.
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    Cats Can Help Kids With Autism

    In 2012, a French study revealed that cat ownership can be beneficial to children over the age of 5 who have been diagnosed with autism. The study showed that kids who shared their homes with kitties were more likely to share with and comfort other children than non-kitty owners with the same diagnosis.
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