You do a lot to keep your pet healthy. Turns out, they return the favor.

Time spent playing or snuggling on the sofa with your cat is good for the soul—and, according to numerous studies, it’s also good for your physical and mental health.

Researchers at the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) have found evidence that pets can contribute to better health in significant ways.1

Did you know?

•  Pet ownership improves heart health in humans2

•  Owning a cat can reduce stress and anxiety2

•  Dogs provide opportunities to exercise, get outside and socialize3

•  Pet owners overall tend to lead happier and healthier lives4

[1] HABRI, “The Pet Effect.”

[2] Levine, Glenn N., et al. “Pet Ownership and Cardiovascular Risk A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association.” Circulation 127.23 (2013): 2353-2363.

[3] CDC, “How to Stay Healthy Around Pets.”

[4] Human Animal Bond Research Institute, “2016 Pet Owners Survey.”