Cat Therapy: Cats Helping People with Depression

Do cats heal sick people?

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Simba, the fluffy cat

Cat therapy is an effective treatment for adults and children in depression, stress, PTSD, panic attack, and anxiety. Children with developmental disabilities such as autism and ADHD also benefit from the companionship of cats.

Cats have the power to decrease their human’s blood pressure, even more, slower their heart rate and calm them. This ability has been well-documented.

There have been reasoning made that cats and other pets can work as well as or better than pharmaceutical medicine for helping people with some illness.

I’ve been living with cats for more than fifty years. Consequently, I think I know them pretty well. I tell you why I love them apart from the fact that they are cute and fluffy.

Cats are wonderful animals. Cats give you unconditional love and emotional support and can pick up the emotions of people around them. They provide you with comfort when you are sad, tired, in pain, or discomfort. Therefore your brain begins producing endorphins (happiness hormone). In this way, your kitty will give joy and happiness by cuteness. Consequently, your life will be better. Also, kittens, when clowning around, will make you laugh.

People who have a furball at home are less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than people without.

Benefits of having cats:

  • Cats make you live longer
  • Reduce depression symptoms
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Decrease stress level
  • Reduce the occurrence of panic attacks
  • Lift your mood
  • No more loneliness

Now, we have talked about how your cat loves you, but haven’t yet how to love your fluffball.

How to take care of your cat?

Felines have needs just like we humans have. And a happy cat means a happy cat owner.

Your goal is to have your furry friend around as long as possible by giving her the best chance for a long and happy life. If you don’t know it yet, humans and felines are genetically very similar, for that reason their needs are alike for a healthy and long life.

  • Healthy, good quality food
  • Immunization to prevent infections
  • Medical attention
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Hygiene

Keep your cat indoors

Indoor cats live 4 – 5 times longer than their outdoor counterparts. The average lifespan of an outdoor cat is only three years.

Cats are finicky. They aren’t going to eat everything you give them. Though, you will learn your furry’s food preference in no time. She’ll make sure to let you know. Give her good quality cat food. Dry and wet food each day. Don’t settle with cat foods that supermarkets sell. At least don’t let her regular foods be that kind of quality.

Always have your furball access to clean water. It is very important! Particularly in a hot climate. They must drink enough. Change the water in the bowl twice a day. If she is not drinking enough, a cat fountain will entice her to drink more.

Our furry friends need physical and mental activity to stay fit and sharp, just like us; in the form of play. They often play by themselves, but other times they prefer playing with humans. Both of us benefit from the interactive game.

We have to provide them with safe cat toys to keep entertained. A bored cat may over-eat and become obese with the same consequences as we are.

They also must have regular cleaning and sharpening their claws and doing it in the form of scratching. If you want your carpeted furniture to remain usable, you better buy a scratch post. Also, don’t let the claws overgrow, use a claw clipper to trim.

Felines are fastidious to hygiene. As you wouldn’t want to use a shitty toilet, they also hate to go into a shit-filled litter tray. So change the litter often! Use clumping litter and large enough litter tray or box that is bigger than your cute friend.

Deworming once or twice a year is also necessary to eliminate the risk of your furriend or anyone in the household getting parasites.

ESA

ESA is the abbreviation for Emotional Support Animal. Your cat is an emotional support animal in any case (we, cat owners know that); even though you do not have any illness. But in case you have any, and a licensed mental health professional gives an official ESA document for that you need to have your cat with you all the time. Then you can take your fluffy on board with you on airplanes and have the right to keep her in a “no pets” apartment.

“My cats save me every day.”
Click to read the full article: Therapy cats can be life-changing for people with mental illness.

“On a typical night, my brain races with anxiety, worried about everything from getting fired to being kicked out of therapy to whether or not my air conditioner will fall out of my window. For hours, I lie awake — until I feel the two small, warm bodies cozy up next to me.”
Click to read the full article: Cats Are The Unsung Heroes Of Mental Health.

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