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As anyone with a pet knows, animals are great to talk to mainly because they don’t talk back.

Therefore, they are the perfect conversation partner, allowing you to vent your thoughts and frustrations after a hard day at work. And all they ask in return is some food and somewhere to sleep. It’s not a bad set up really.

However, for as long as people have allowed cats in their home, there has also been the somewhat cruel stereotype of the crazy cat lady – someone who has an inexplicable number of feline friends wandering throughout her house, usually as a replacement for human companionship.

While that might sound like a sensible thing to do for some people, the stereotype has become a negative image, giving any single person, male or female, a hint of the ‘crazy cat lady’ vibe.

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However, good news is here in the form of science from real scientists! Confirming what all cat lovers already knew, of course.

According to Dr Danielle Forshee, a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker, talking to your pet (even though they don’t talk back) will not only create and sustain a healthy bond between you and your pet, but will have a positive impact on your mental health.

Speaking to Elite Daily Forshee suggested that the very act of owning a pet can ‘reduce stress, help fight depression, lower blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.’

As published by Newswise, a study of responses to stress in a group of hypertensive New York City stockbrokers showed that responses to a pet dog or cat can control blood pressure better than ACE inhibitors – the drug usually used to treat high blood pressure and hypertension.

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