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1. Brunilda Nazario, Md, “Slideshow: 27 Ways Pets Can Improve Your Health,” WebMD, July 20, 2012, http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health
Having a companion animal improves the length and quality of a person's life. Spending just a few minutes petting an animal lowers blood pressure and reduces stress. Studies have shown that cat owners are at a significantly decreased risk of having strokes and fatal heart attacks. Having a furry friend also helps fend off depression and loneliness.1 After all, pets are not fair-weather friends; their unwavering loyalty, love, and acceptance are some of the most beautiful things in this world.