There are lots of great health reasons to give your heart to a cat or dog

By Amy Jamieson
Updated February 13, 2015 07:30 PM

If you’ll be celebrating this Valentine’s Day with a furry friend by your side, just like Amanda Seyfried, you should know this: You are 30 percent less likely to visit a doctor.


Allow us to explain. According to these very important statistics in an infographic created by the Humane Society Silicon Valley, there are tons of great health benefits to loving a pet on Valentine’s Day.

If you’re a cat owner, apparently there’s a very good reason that your cat likes to listen to your heart. Cat people are 40 percent less likely to experience a heart attack (See, all those cuddle sessions really do pay off!)

Mentally and physically, pets improve all aspects of your life, including but not limited to lowering your risk of depression and obesity.

Read the 5 Health Benefits of Loving a Pet in this infographic, then crack open a bottle of champagne and make a special toast to your forever friend on Valentine’s Day – because your forever could be a little longer thanks to them!