Thanks Vegancat for sending this in. I was just speaking with one of the producers the other day about how cats can be such comfort to seniors who are living alone - or anyone living alone for that matter :-
It's Purr Trigger Memory
A woman I know suffering from depression said for example, that she got up in the morning because she had to feed her cats. If not there was no reason to get up at all. Another woman I know living on her own told me that without her cats, there was no reason to keep living - her children no longer visited her, she had mild schizophrenia, and her cats were the one constant in her life. Another woman adopted some cats to keep her husband company - her husband has Lou Gehrig's disease and the cats keep him company.
Your chances of surviving a heart attack are better if you have a pet. You are less likely to be stressed. So hug your cat or dog today!