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Pet Owners Say Taking Care Of Their Furry Friends Encourages Them To Take Better Care Of Themselves

According to a report from the Good News Network: "Nearly seven in 10 Americans admit they take better care of their pet than themselves, according to a new poll. The survey of 2,000 American pet parents revealed 67% prioritize their pet over themselves—but results revealed it's a reciprocal relationship. Eight in 10 respondents said taking care of their pet actively encourages them to take better care of themselves." This is no surprise for us, but is awesome to see some official data on the matter. Pets are good for our health, both mental and physical!

The report continues to say: "In what ways do Americans' pets help respondents with their own health? Respondents said the biggest benefit their pet provides is reducing their stress, depression and/or anxiety (72%). In addition to that, respondents said their pet helps them to exercise (62%)—by taking their pets for walks, playing in their house, an so on—and their pet helps them to be more cautious of the food they eat (44%), too." Story via Good News Network. It comes as no surprise that pets play a big role in our mental health, physical health, and overall wellbeing. We want to be the best most healthy people we can be for our furry friends! They encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves, and there is nothing more wholesome than that.

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12 Relaxing Products For Cats And Kittens Anxious About Change

A lot of changes are happening now that things are finally starting to open up again in the world, and these changes are not happening just to you. Your cats, who have gotten used to you being at home with them so often, can tell that something is changing too. And we don't know about you guys, but our cats have been showing more signs of anxiety than normal. That's one of the worst things to see as a cat owner, because there is nothing that we want more than for our cats to be happy. 

So, we went on the hunt, looking for different products that can help our cats with their anxiety - from heated cat beds to calming diffuser kits, to special vests. You'll definitely find something in this list that'll work for your kitty. All of these products have been hand picked by us, the editors, and 'I Can Has Cheezburger' earns an affiliate commission on qualifying purchases from the products we link to.

Enjoy browsing, cat lovers, and may these products help your cats during this transition period. For more cat-related products, check out some healthy cat food alternatives to keep your cats happier, and the coolest interactive cat toys we could find for cats whose owners are finally going back to work.


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12 Most Purrfect Healthy Cat Food Alternatives

There is nothing more important in the world than keeping your kitty cat healthy. You want these little furballs to reach their senior age comfortably and happily. The first step towards that is making sure to give them healthy cat food. So many kinds of cat food out there are unhealthy, and owners with the best intentions, who simply don't know any different, accidentally give their cats something that can hurt them. 

Chances are you can find this food at your local pet store, but choosing the kind of food that is best for your cat takes time. And there's no reason to waste time at the store when you can choose the food that will be best for your cat right here. 

Every one of these is a healthy food alternative for your baby, and we, the editors, are using these for our cats ourselves. All of these products are chosen by us - cat lovers who want every kitty in the world to live a long happy life. Just so you know, 'I Can Has Cheezburger' earns an affiliate commission on qualifying purchases from the products we link to. So you can make sure you cat is healthy while supporting the most cat-positive website online.

For more awesome cat products, check out our list of cool cool interactive cat toys for those of you who are finally going back to work and some must-have purrfect cat T-shirts

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Heartwarming Story Of A Survivor Brain Damaged Cat

Taking care of animals with health issues or behavior issues is always a challenge. It's hard to watch an innocent animal like that suffer when all you want is for them to be the happiest in the world. That difficulty, of course, is no reason to give up on them. And imgur user KDC0982 definitely didn't. 

The story of Gimli is a difficult one to read, but thanks to everything that KDC0982 has done for him, he is now much healthier and is happily getting cuddles on the couch with KDC0982's dad. Gimli is an absolute hero in our eyes, and his story is inspiring. We're so happy to see that he's better, and we wish he will get even better as he continues to live in this warm home. 

story of a cat with brain damage thumbnail includes a picture of a cat lying on a human '"My dad holding my brain damaged cat... He was blind and barely able to walk. Since then he has shown a lot of progress. A LOT considering he was dead. He’s my tough little guy." - KDC0982'
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Awwesome Health Benefits Of Looking At Cute Animal Pictures

Congratulations! If you're an avid user of our website, you haven't only been procrastinating by watching cute animal pictures and reading heartwarming stories, you've also apparently been working on improving your health. A new study by the University of Leeds and Tourism Western Australia shows that looking at cute animals has real health benefits, including lowered stress levels and blood pressure.

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Innovative Zoo Cameras Can Now Monitor Animal's Health From Afar

Up till now, zookeepers and veterinaries who wanted to monitor vital signs or do regular health checkups for wild animals had to use specialized equipment while sedating them and disturbing their daily routine.   

But now, a new promising camera software offers a non-abusive way to do that without the need for anesthetics.  

Story Via: Phys.org


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New Study Suggests Dog And Cat Owner's Tend To Live Longer

We're going to live forever.

OK, maybe not forever, but a good long life -- filled with love and furbabies. 

A cheers to our pets. Not only do new studies suggest they've been linked to providing us with a longer, healthier life... they also bring so much love and happiness to our lives as well. 

Story via Modern Healthcare

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Cat Allergies Driving You Nuts? There Might Be A Vaccine For That Soon

Your sneezing and watery eyes, and mild to severe cases of anaphylactic shock, may soon be at an end. As much as 1 in every 10 humans has an allergy to cats, which makes this breakthrough perfectly timed. A Swiss company called HypoPet has come up with a brilliant way to stop cats from causing people to be so allergic to them. They have tackled a number of maladies that affect our fury companions, in the form of vaccines, instead of steroids or pills, they are focusing on trying to solve the problem instead of reducing the symptoms. 

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New Study Shows Owners Who Sleep With Their Dogs Are More Well Rested

Sleeping in the same bed with your pets. is it a good idea or a bad one? Well, according to this study, published in the journal Anthrozoös, it depends on what type of pet. 


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Want To Live Longer? Get a Dog

Good news for animal lovers: having a dog can actually lower your risk of dying from certain diseases.






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Why Scratching is Vital for Your Cat’s Health And Well Being

Scratching is a completely normal and healthy behavior that most cats engage in, and it serves many purposes. In order to peacefully cohabitate with our cats, it's necessary to understand why they may engage in what we consider to be a negative activity and then provide them with an alternative that is acceptable to us and our furniture. Cats are born with the instinct to scratch objects for a variety of reasons.

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10 Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

As far as canine food, the best thing is to stick with the dog food your veterinarian recommends for your pet, but it's natural to want to give treats every now and then. That's well and fine, as long as you avoid using these foods.

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8 Ways Pets Improve Your Health

A growing body of research shows that having a pet could improve your overall health.
When you come home to a purr or wagging tail at the end of a stressful day, the sudden wave of calm you feel isn't just your imagination. Research suggests that your fluffy friend truly is good for your physical and mental health. Read on to learn the surprising ways your pet can boost your health.

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