While governments argue about the best way to deliver health care to their citizens, they could be overlooking a major source of health care: cats. Studies at the University of Minnesota determined those who did not own cats were 30-40% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than cat owners were.

Just petting a cat can lower your stress. Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo found lower blood pressure in people who owned pets compared with those who did not.

So the next time someone tells you health care is too expensive, tell them that they just need to take care of a cat. Given the choice between buying expensive medicine that has potentially harmful side effects or just cuddling a cat, what do you think is more beneficial in the long run?

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