The Fountain Of Youth Has Whiskers

Reprinted from catsinternational.org

cuddling catlowres2Cat lovers have always known that living with a cat is life-enhancing, but now researchers have compiled a mountain of statistics showing that cats can add as much as 10 years to your life! Dr. Horst Becker’s astonishing claims come from the most exhaustive study ever undertaken on the relationship between humans and their pets.

Seven scientists of the Berlin Longevity Institute worked for five years before drawing their conclusions. Becker and his associates studied more than 3,000 cat owners and found that these wonderful animals have an almost instantaneous calming effect. Just moments after a person picks up a cat, his or her blood pressure drops and the heart rate slows. According to Becker, “We didn’t zero in on the amazing powers of cats until our figures began to show they acted like a fountain of youth for their owners. Any pet will add a few years to its owner’s life, but cats add a whopping average of 10.3 years to people who’ve had one since childhood.”

Of interest to singles… Dr. Herman Hoffman, a New York psychologist asserts that, “Cat lovers make home-loving, sensitive, gentle, and mild-mannered companions.” We don’t know what type of research Dr. Hoffman conducted to arrive at this conclusion, but it sounds logical. Who knew ... if two cat-lovers get married, the two of you will live happily long ever after!

 

 

 

 

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Cats and Birds

Cats are frequently blamed for the diminishing populations of various species of songbirds. While domestic and feral cats can be bird hunters, most research shows that cats are not the primary killers of wild birds. Wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, and opossums take a greater toll on birdlife. However, humans are without a doubt the birds’ worst enemies. Habitat destruction, pesticide use, air pollution, even plate-glass windows in skyscrapers, kill vast numbers of birds every year. (According to recent estimates, the yearly toll for window-deaths in the US is 975 million birds.)

The following are a few suggestions to help prevent bird kills:

  •  Be sure bird feeders are high off the ground and are not close to foliage which provides the cat with a hiding spot from which to launch ambushes.
  •  Attach a bell to a break-away collar and make sure your cat is wearing it before going outside. The bells with the little dingers in them, not the jingle-bell type, work the best.
  •  Avoid letting the cat outside during the peak feeding times for birds–dawn and dusk.

All cats, and feral cats in particular, have become convenient scapegoats for the loss of many species, especially songbirds. However, we can no longer ignore the role that we humans have played in this process. Before we can sentence cats to death for being carnivores, we need to take a hard look at ourselves and what we have done to our ecosystem.