We already know that having a pet is a good thing. Kathy Benjamin looked at the research and found many proven ways (ten to be exact) that owning dog is good for you.
But wait! What about cats? Benjamin posted a second list shortly afterward, with eight ways cat owners benefit from their furry friends. Some of the research contrasts cat owners with dog owners, but there are millions of people who have both cats and dogs, and derive benefits from both. After all, we know a good thing when we see it! Read both lists at mental_floss.
8 Benefits of Being a Cat Owner. Link
10 Benefits of Being a Dog Owner. Link
(Image credit: Erin McCarthy (cat) and Ethan Trex (dog).