World's most adorable health tonic: Zsa Zsa Meinzer
A story that appeared in today's USA Today
-- and promptly made the rounds, getting linked on Jezebel
and forwarded around with lightning speed -- quotes research from the University of Missouri that anyone with a brain in her head already knows.
Namely, cats rule.
They're good for our bodies and souls, and hot damn are they cute.
Rebecca Johnson, director of the University of Missouri's Research
Center for Human-Animal Interaction, does research on the topic of
introducing animals into nursing homes
. She finds that the vibrational
sound of a purr can lower blood pressure and simmer a stressed-out brain
down a few notches.
Cats are also
far superior to dogs
great teachers: A dog will take abuse and neglect and still lavish love on the offending humans. Not so the noble feline.
"A dog will let you bang it on the head and still love you," Johnson says in the USA Today
piece. "A cat won't
do that. Children have to learn to be gentle to cats or the cat will go
Fully one-third of American households have LOLcats
running through their homes, and there are 16 million more pet cats in
the country than dogs. So while Johnson's research is interesting, it's
not anything civilized humans haven't known for millennia.