Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that people without felines were 30 to 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those without cats. No protective effect of dogs as domestic pets was observed.
Over 4,000 people were surveyed about pet ownership and risk factors. Dr. Adnan Qureshi, stroke expert at the University, said of the cat-dog differential, “We don’t understand this completely – it’s probably not a coincidence.”
I think we can help answer this phenomenon pretty easily.
Cats are creatures of peace and tranquility. They sleep on average 16 hours a day, they are generally quiet and they purr. They follow us around like we’re the pied piper, quietly observing us as we go about our daily activities. They force us to stay on the couch a bit longer as they purr away on our laps. Many have an uncanny sense of when we’re arriving back home, waiting in the window sill until we appear, then meowing and bumping up against our legs with a friendly hello.
Some are very conversational, wanting to tell us how their day went. Their meows are generally very pleasant and sweet. If they are hungry they tell us politely. If they are sick, their observant humans will know by the change in their habits or behaviors, but not because they complain.
These are just some of the ways they affect our lives in a calming, positive way.
So……give your favorite feline a big hug and enjoy them every minute you can! You may just add some years to your life in the process.
I thought I would share with our readers a brief story about our week cat-sitting a dear little old guy named T.C. Loved and nurtured by our son Jake for many years, he is now a remarkable 21 year old orange and white tabby, with white paws and an unforgettably handsome face.
At first, when Jake asked us to cat-sit T.C., I was a bit hesitant. After all, this senior kitty was used to his own comfortable home, and his daily routines. We also have two other cats, one senior, who has been ill off and on and is generally not receptive to other cats. Nevertheless, T.C. made his way into our home, and into our hearts.
We first kept T.C. in my husband’s office where we provided all of the creature comforts he needed, all except one – the freedom to roam and explore our home! He soon found a way to escape and within a few minutes, T.C. had explored all nooks and crannies, from the basement to the top floor. All hopes of confining T.C. to one room were dashed. His tenaciousness had won us over!
By the end of T.C.’s “Excellent Adventure” at our home, he had taste tested some new flavors of canned food, discovered he loved catnip and enjoyed his daily exercise, swatting at the Da Bird toy. He also discovered my husband’s comfortable lap, while sitting at the computer. I couldn’t resist taking several photos of T.C. I thought I’d share with you my favorite.
T.C. may have left on that cold, wintry day to return to his rightful home, but he has forever warmed our hearts and our souls. May God bless and keep you, T.C. We think of you often.
We’re excited to be able to announce one of the best quality cat products on the market today, a cat fountain designed to allow multiple cats to drink fresh, aerated streams of water, without having to wait their turn.
The reason the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain has really caught our attention is twofold: it accommodates multiple cats, and its stainless steel design prevents “cat acne”. What is “cat acne”?
When cats’ chins and surrounding area come in contact with unclean, plastic food and water bowls, the bacteria that can work its way into scratches and nicks in the bowl can infect the cat. Veterinarians and other feline experts recommend using ceramic, glass or metal bowls, and daily washing of those, in order to prevent this common condition.
You can find the Drinkwell 360 Stainless Steel Pet Fountain at www.mythreecats.com. As a loyal blog reader, we want to reward you and offer you a 25% discount off the $99.95 retail price of this fountain for a very limited time only, while supplies last. You must type in the promo code 360 in the promo code box at checkout and then click “update” in order to get the discount.
Reward your Cat and Give a Homeless Cat a Chance at MyThreeCats.com!
MyThreeCats.com and The Studio of Bernadette Kazmarski have partnered to offer you, our cherished customers and cat lovers, a special event designed to reward you and your cat(s) AND save the lives of homeless cats. Now through May 1, 2010, you will have a one time opportunity to do either (or both) of the following:
#1 Place your bid in an on line auction for a strikingly vibrant and beautiful print of an original portrait “Peaches and Peonies” created by renowned animal artist and publisher Bernadette Kazmarski. Click here to view “Peaches and Peonies” and to register for the auction.
Proceeds from the winning bid will be donated to FosterCat, Inc., a 501 C3 all-volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1999, providing temporary foster homes for cats and kittens until they can be placed for adoption. 2010 marks FosterCat Inc.’s 11th year as they approach their 1,000th cat adoption. Read more about FosterCat, Inc. here.
#2 Place your order now at MyThreeCats.com. For each and every order received through this email promotion now through May 1, 2010, MyThreeCats & Co., Inc. will donate $5.00 to FosterCat, Inc. Once we’ve received your order, you’ll receive an email confirmation of the donation. (Note: Donations from My Three Cats & Co., Inc. for this event will only be generated by receipt of product orders. No minimum is necessary).
Wouldn’t you like to know that you’ve saved lives, while doing your favorite thing – shopping for your favorite feline at MyThreeCats.com, or winning a beautiful cat print! This is a time limited event, expiring May 1, 2010, so we encourage you to act now.
Happy Shopping and Bidding!