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Looks like there’s yet another reason to get a
cat: A pet may just help you cope with a chronic illness.
A study recently conducted at Case Western Reserve University found that owning a pet was beneficial to women living with HIV/AIDS.
“Pets — primarily dogs — gave these women a sense of support and pleasure,” said Allison R. Webel, a nursing instructor who led the study. "We think this finding about pets can apply to women managing other chronic illnesses."
In an interview that the university posted on YouTube, Webel added, “We were really surprised by the central role that pets really seem to have in helping [women in the study].”
According to Webel, the structure of feeding, walking and otherwise caring for pets “leads the women to best manage their health.”
Of course, cuddly company doesn’t hurt, either.
“It’s almost vital,” said study participant Sharon Thomas, a dog and cat owner who has been coping with HIV since 1988. “The companionship is a big thing. Taking care of the two of them takes care of me automatically.”
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