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Cats and the Disabled

Article contributed by:  James John, Avid cat lover and author of A to Z Cat Litter (Blog)

cute playful kitten

Cat Lovers May Be on to Something

The benefits of having a pet cat are simply summed up as follows:

“It’s healthy!” 

According to research carried out, cats lighten up a person’s psychological and emotional sides considerably.

There is nothing more pleasant than sitting in your favorite spot, preferably watching TV or reading a book, and petting your cat.  Even if the cat might be just next to you, and fast asleep, its presence still manages to create a sense of comfort and inner peace for those around it.

There are various benefits of owning a cat.  The bond created between you and your kitty is so powerful, it actually improves your health.  This deep affection reduces stress as well as anxiety levels.  It also triggers the release of Oxytocin, a hormone which is known for inducing a sense of trust and love, similar to having a romantic partner.

How to Enhance your Life (with a Cat)

Having a cat as a pet leads to your living a better life, and it also brightens your home.

Cats are special in themselves and have proved to be great companions, while they also offer friendship.

Owners of cats don’t get lonely, stressed, or depressed, and these pets are perfect for people with particular needs, or for those who live a modern and hectic lifestyle.

In the case of the sick, disabled, or the elderly, cats fill their empty void, especially more so if these people are living alone.

Cats give these extraordinary people a sense of worthiness, a feeling of being needed, which, apart from having their confidence boosted, it also helps them to build their self-esteem, enriches their life, and assists them to get rid of shyness and hesitation.

On top of that, it is also said that women are attracted to men who own a cat.

attractive man with cat

The Benefits of a Cat (you never thought of)

  • Having a cat often suggests a higher level of intelligence and sensitivity for a man.
  • Think again if you are not happy with the amount of fur your cat sheds in the house.    This tends to decrease the risk of allergies and asthma by building your resistance to allergens.
  • Studies show that the risk of stroke is decreased in the case of cat owners.  Also, cat owners tend to have lower blood pressure.
  • Moments of grief are dealt with much easier when you have a kitty.  Cats remain quiet, enjoy being petted, and listen to you while you tell them what makes your heart so heavy. There is no way they can answer you back, or judge you and your feelings, but their presence lifts up your spirits.
  • For emotional or health reasons, having a cat is a great therapy.  They are wonderful calming companions both for adults, as well as children.
  • In today’s busy and hectic lifestyle, where both parents have to work to try and make ends meet, they don’t always have enough time for their children.  This is more pronounced in the case of parents having a single child, with no brothers or sisters with whom to play with.

Dealing with Social Rejection

child holding kitten

As a result of this solitude, a child, or an adult, suffers from neglect, and with a sense of uselessness, which can eventually lead to anxiety and depression even at such an early age, especially in the case of a child.

According to statistics, one in eight children tends to have such disorders, which is quite alarming.

This is really sad, but it happens, even though some of us can’t imagine a child can have these serious problems.  Similar issues aren’t normally related to preteens since their body hasn’t as yet developed the chemical changes to put them at risk.  The perils are greater after they reach puberty.

Cats have proved to be the best possible therapy for adults, as well as for children suffering from a wide variety of reasons since the healing powers cats possess are amazing.

These felines offer an uncomplicated and unconditional friendship and don’t ask or expect anything back in return.  This is an ideal and simple relationship, which may very well help a person to make friends.  The pet cat is an ideal subject to talk about, and a friendship with other like-minded people is assured.

Since the cat would also love all the attention, it is a win-win situation for all.

Why Cats are Great Pets

Being low-maintenance pets, cats are ideal.

This is especially more so if you live in an area which isn’t really pet-friendly.

Cats are far from stupid, and they are quite happy to stay at home and enjoy the luxuries they find readily available.  Why should they want to go outside when they can find all they want in a warm and safe home?  So, apart from not having to take a cat for a walk, like you need to with a dog, a cat doesn’t even want to bother to go out in the first place.

Having to take care of a pet cat instills a sense of responsibility.  A cat needs attention as it needs to be fed, cleaned out, as well as played with.

These ‘jobs’ greatly help a person to grow into a better one.  It makes their owners feel needed and appreciated.  It also gives them a sense of purpose and direction, which greatly benefits anyone with anxiety, depression issues, or even some form of disability.

elderly lady petting cat

Cats as Therapy Animals

For some reason, many may think that the best ‘therapy animal’ is a dog.  There is certainly no denying that dogs make wonderful companions, but they also come with a great deal of hard work and effort.  An effort, which many aren’t really ready, or able to make, for various reasons.

Cats, just like dogs, can be certified as official therapy animals.  However, it is not a must to have a cat certified to be beneficial for somebody showing signs of emotional upset.

I do suggest that if you intend to adopt, or buy a cat for therapy purposes, to make sure that the cat has the right qualities for the ‘job’.

Not all cats have the same temperament, and not all cats make great therapy cats.

While some kitties can take almost anything you dish out at them, others are a bit touchy.  For the cat to qualify as a therapy cat, it has to be calm, social, and most of all, it doesn’t mind being handled.

Handling a cat is a very important form of therapy by which to overcome emotional issues.   This won’t work if the cat doesn’t like being picked up, let alone hugged, which emphasizes the importance that the cat is suitable for this type of treatment.

When a person needs reassurance, a hug is a brilliant way of achieving that, and hugging a cat works wonders.    Playing with a cat boosts one’s mood.  It helps greatly by providing a distraction from all the negative things that tend to haunt a person’s mind.

Have you got a cat yet?

If not, you should, as you’ll find that having one will greatly make your life worth living… even more.

If you are a cat lover and you’d like to read more interesting facts about cats, check out James John’s Blog James John azcatlitter.com AZCATLITTER Here

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