People who own cats have a 40% less risk of heart disease.
People who own cats are less likely to die of any premature cause, although heart disease is the only category with statistical significance.
Studies of dog owners are inconclusive.
Dogs are great, I love dogs, but they require a lot. Cats don't require too much. They are symbols of relaxation - a reminder to not take things so seriously.
But I feel that owning pets in general is a healthy thing, and I wonder about personalities that gravitate towards dogs or cats. My gut feeling, which does not count for too much, says that type A personalities will gravitate more towards dogs. Perhaps some of these people are already more prone to stress?
Does a person's pet selection contribute to their overall health? Or do certain personalities, along with their health tendencies, gravitate more towards a similar pet selection? Who knows?
My cat is waiting for me to go to bed so he can lay down between my feet......