The latest battle in the eternal war of cat v. dog goes to...(drumroll please) Cats! According to the latest study on benefits of pet ownership, "Owning a cat could reduce your risk of a heart attack by nearly one third".
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/HeartDiseaseCenter/story?id=4325718&page=1But never fear, my furry friends. One victory does not determine the entire war. Not too long ago it was the dogs that had the upper hand.
[Researchers] found that over a 20-year period, those who had never owned a cat had a 40 percent greater risk of death due to heart attack and a 30 percent higher risk of death due to any sort of cardiovascular disease than previous or current cat owners. Researchers found no such protective effects for dog owners.