There is a great number of people in the world who suffer from depression or anxiety disorder. Sometimes both at the same time. It is also possible that you are going through that as well. Many people suffering from this condition are not keen on getting medication, but still need some help to get through it. In that case, it’s quite simple.
Get a cat!
I am sure many of you are thinking how would a cat help with my problem, if medication is not helping, how would an animal do? Even though it sounds crazy for some, the cats truly help with those suffering from depression or anxiety. Actually, all the pets can help, but we will stick to the cats in this article. Very often, a doctor would prescribe your pet as an emotional support animal.
How do they actually do that?
There are few ways in which the cats show us their super healing powers. Read more about them:
All animals love unconditionally, and everyone who owns a cat or a dog will agree with me. Even though your cat can have an attitude, deep down you know that she loves you and she shows you that (when she feels like it!). Your pets offer you the purest, uncomplicated love that makes you feel special and can’t wait to come home to cuddle with them. You don’t need words, no questions or answers, just affection. There is no drama or arguments with your cat, and this kind of love makes the person feel good and reassuring when they feel like they can’t get into a good relationship. Your cat will be here to console you!
Gives you a feeling of responsibility
When you have a cat you need to take care of her, which means that you have many things you need to do for them. This is very similar to having a child – you need to feed your cat regularly, clean her, get her toys, play with her and take her to the vet if you believe that the cat has some health issues. You cannot skip any of this parts, and because you do have these responsibilities you will feel like you have a purpose, that someone is depending on you. Very often, people who suffer from depression feel like they have no purpose of living, that their lives have no meaning. The cat will make them believe that they do, so by taking care of their cat they will start to take care for themselves too.
Having a cat will also break up your routine, you will never get bored if you own a cat. Cats are special creatures that know how to entertain themselves, but they also want to play with their owners. – Time spent with cats is never wasted!
Cats help you with your social life
Cats like to be in the center of attention and people love to talk about them. You can use this as an ice-breaker in many interactions with people. When you have guests in your house you can all start to talk about the cat to break the ice and start another conversation. Also, the love for cats can get you closer to a person – if you think you have nothing in common ask them if they like cats. Maybe they will become your best friends.
People feel better when they have someone they love close to them and when they have a physical contact. One hug from a person who cares can do wonders for you. Petting, hugging, caressing or touching your animal can make you feel so much better immediately, you will feel less stressed or anxious and you will get comfort. Since they are your best friends, they will never leave your side. People who suffer from depression tend to isolate themselves from friends and family – usually to avoid questions or talk. They can always turn to their cats – they will not ask, they will just be there for them!
Cats can really heal you – literally!
All that we have mentioned so far is your cat helping you with your depression mentally, but they also help you physically. The cat reduces the stress hormone, which will of course make you less stressed and anxious. The many activities you have with and around your cat will help you keep fit and healthy.
What more to say?
-Get a cat! You will never suffer from depression or anxiety!