A health study that may give you paws

 
 

Cats are better than dogs.

OK, I’m not really talking
about Catwoman. But I wanted to deflect the ire of dog-lovin’ lesbians long enough to let me make
a point. And I do have one.

Yes, another gratuitous picture.
You’re welcome.

Personally, I love dogs and
cats equally. I have cats because, well, I’m lazy. But a recent University of Minnesota
study
suggests
that people with cats are less likely to die of cardiovascular disease
than people without cats. Dog owners had the same rate of stroke and
heart attack as non-owners. Of course, I already knew that my cats help
reduce stress, especially when I’m working at home. I mean, this is
what I see when I’m blogging.

One theory about the results has to do with the
nature of cats — they are lap animals that want to be petted. When the
owner pets the cat, down goes the stress. I would have to balance that
with another aspect of the feline nature: a fondness for attacking toes
when the owner is asleep. And the fact that a kitty’s favorite place
to sleep is on whatever part of the bed is highest at a given moment
and, if its position is threatened, it will hang on with extended claws.
In other words, sex can be, well, a pain in the butt. Literally. (This
is, unfortunately, not just theory.)

Still, we love our kitties.
Witness the popularity of Lolcats.

OK, maybe that’s more a testament
to illiteracy than feline love.

Many of our favorite women
love cats. Ellen DeGeneres talks about her cats on Ellen more
than she talks about Portia. An excuse to post a picture of Ellen and
Portia? Absolutely.

Martha Stewart has at
least eight cats and, apparently, a photographer who lives with her.
How else did she get pictures like these?

Martha and Bartok

Electra and Sirius

Verdi and Vivaldi entertaining
friends at Verdi’s birthday party.

Verdi, the next morning.

I’m not sure if these babies
belong to out celebrity chef Cat Cora or not. But aren’t
they adorable?

We know Melissa Ferrick‘s
cat, Moon, from the cover of her album, In the Eyes of Strangers.

And then we have the kitties
that insist on being a part of AfterEllen.com videoblogs.

Jill
Bennett
‘s Luna

Sarah
P
.’s Stuart,
who likes to play MST3K while watching The Lo-Down.

Michelle Paradise apparently edits her cat out. Bad, bad lesbian. But here’s a glimpse
— lower left corner.

Admittedly, a 1995 study found that dog owners were six times
more likely to survive a year after a heart attack than non-owners.
And I defy stress to remain in the same room with my friends’ dog, Izzy.

So, I’m not ready to assert
with certainty that cats are better for your health than dogs. But whether
the research holds up or not, some of the statistics published in conjunction with the study have
far-reaching implications for lesbians. According to the American Pet
Products Manufacturers Association, people in the U.S. own 90 million
cats. And according to my t-shirt:

You do the math.

 
 

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