In The Name Of Science, Here’s Why You Should Spend More Time Cuddling Cats
by Arin Greenwood, Huffington Post
Turns out that petting and talking nicely with shelter cats isn’t just an awfully pleasant way to spend the afternoon. There’s now scientific proof that this kind of behavior also helps keep the cats healthy — a finding that sounds adorable, and could have some seriously great implications for the cats.
For the study — published this month in the journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine — 96 shelter cats were divided into two groups. One group got positive interaction with the same person for 10 minutes at a time, four times a day, for 10 days. This interaction, which could include petting, brushing and playing among other agreeable things, is called “gentling.”
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