Sunday, March 2, 2008

Do Cat People Live Longer?

I'm a cat person, much more so than a dog person. Always have been, always will be. I realize that puts me in the minority -- this is a nation of dog lovers, after all. But I'm OK with that.
Cats don't care much about what other people think of their preferences, and neither do I. :-) And now, a fascinating study has come out that suggests that cat people are at much lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than dog owners or non-pet-owners. Why? I have my own uneducated guesses, but no one seems to know for sure.

And now, stay tuned for the rabid rebuttals by all the dog people. Surely there are studies being commissioned, as we speak, to demonstrate that owning dogs helps to...oh, I don't know, clear your skin or prevent ingrown toenails or something. Bring it on, dog people. We've got time -- some of us, apparently, more than others.

p.s. Even though I'm not a big dog person, I'm still proud of the fact that one of my first accomplishments upon getting elected to City Council in 2006 was to help outlaw the round-the-clock chaining of dogs in City limits. We even decriminalized the practice of allowing dogs to sit with their owners at outdoor cafes on the Downtown Mall (it's still technically a state health code violation but it's no longer forbidden by local ordinance). So, you can't say I bring my bias with me to work. :-)

p.p.s. Whether you're a dog person or a cat person, there's plenty of both that are looking for good homes at the SPCA.


Victoria said...

Good post Dave!

Thanks for not only understanding that critters make everything much more civilized somehow, but also for then following through on that via your actions on Council. The anti-chaining legislation may well save some canine lives.

A congenial wave of the paw from Zephyr, Mimi, Mr P, and Bob.

Jeff in c-ville said...

I don't remember where they did the study, but they found that having a cat purring on your lap would lower most folks' blood pressure more quickly than the pharmaceuticals.
And the main side-effect is seasonal, when the cat sheds on your clothing.

On the other hand, walking with a dog provokes otherwise sedentary people to get some exercise.

I think the optimum solution is at least one each!

Jeff Cornelius
Housekeeper for Smiley and Newton