The love, friendship, attachment and loyalty that a pet gives us have a beneficial effect on us, the people. Considered by some specialists, “an emotional animal that delights the one who meets it”, the cat can restore our zest for life and can make us feel good. Is the cat a “cat therapist?” My answer is yes.
According to recent studies, the company of a cat gives positive results not only in the case of psychiatric pathologies but also in the case of hypertension and myocardial infarction. So let’s see why I say that the cat is a “cat therapist”.
You’ve probably noticed that when your head hurts, the cat sits next to your head on the pillow and starts to spin. You fall asleep immediately, and the pain disappears. Well, the beneficial effects that a cat’s company has on our health and moral comfort have been scientifically studied and confirmed.
Thus, looking at a cat,
stroking it, or talking to it causes an immediate drop in blood pressure. The mechanism of the game is an affective and emotional process.
Professor Benson of Harvard University studied the relationship between emotions and relaxation. He noticed their beneficial results. Thus, the state of relaxation that derives from living with an animal causes changes from a physiological point of view. The heart rate slows down, the respiratory rate decreases, the muscles relax.
This explains the improvement of some pathologies of the musculoskeletal system thanks to animals. The state of relaxation coincides with the decrease in the production of adrenaline and corticosteroid hormones (stress hormones) produced by the human body in response to a crisis.
Positive emotions stimulate the production of endorphins, which help us better withstand painful stimuli, strengthening the immune system and allowing the healing of diseases.
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The love, friendship, attachment and loyalty offered by pets undoubtedly have a beneficial effect on us. It is especially enjoyed by people who stressed or morale-ridden, sick people, those recovering or those with disabilities.
It is also known that an animal that has reached the heart of a family with communication problems restores and welds the relationships inside it. Living with an animal, which generally chooses us and not the other way around, awakens strong feelings: love, curiosity, but also tenderness.
Professor Ballarini from the University of Parma defines the cat as “an emotional animal that delights the one who meets it”.
Compared to other animals, the cat can cause very intense emotions from the first sight,
thanks to the shape, depth and color of the eyes, which look directly at you. It seems that the frontal arrangement of the cat’s eyes is more like that of a human. Unlike the lateral arrangement of a horse’s eyes or dolphins for example.
The company of cats
significantly reduces anxiety or depression and helps lower blood pressure.
In France, at the Paul-Giraud Hospital, kittens have become real nurses. They are present at most consultations because they provide a state of calm and inner peace to patients.
The power that animals have over us has taken seriously by specialists. They laid the foundations of a therapy involving pets and humans: zootherapy.
In many countries, therapy centers and therapists are specializing in this field.
The term zootherapy introduced by the American psychiatrist Boris Levinson in 1964. He performed experiments on children with communication disabilities, using even his dog for this purpose. This researcher has carefully studied the possibilities of using animals to treat diseases and has written numerous specialized treatises in this field.
Did you know that cats feel negative energy and sit on those painful points of the body because they have the power to balance them? Also, if their owner scratches them between the ears, they start spinning. The 4-16 Hz vibration influences the immune system, making it stronger.
Following the experiments performed, it found that feline therapy has extraordinary results in regulating blood pressure, harmonizing the nervous system, removing pain caused by migraines, rheumatism, ulcers.
Persian cats recommended for neurasthenia, insomnia, bone and joint problems.
Those with short and soft hair are suitable in relieving diseases of the kidneys, liver, but also in gastritis or colitis. Male cats of all breeds help to cure osteoarthritis because they twist more vigorously than female cats.
A study by Cats Protections in the UK, which included people over the age of 50 caring for a cat,
showed very clear things. 75% of participants said they would rather share their kitten’s feelings than a friend’s. Most said that the cat helps them not to feel alone, but also to overcome stressful situations.
The same study included children who had a kitten. 81% of them answered that they would rather talk about their feelings to the cat than to their parents. This is because they see in the kitten a very close friend, a confidant who will not betray them and will never argue with them.
A psychologist from Scotland, Dr June McNicholas, set up a study group of children aged 5 to 11 from three schools.
He noted that those who had more absences motivated by medical exemptions did not have any pets at home. On the other hand, children who had an animal became ill less often and were absent from school for medical reasons.
There is even an expression in English that refers to animals and health: “Pet all day keeps the doctor away.”
Safety and balance
A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated the beneficial effects of animal therapy. Thus, normally, when one person talks to another, there is an increase in blood pressure. These increases in blood pressure can even reach values that fall within the area of hypertension.
On the other hand, while a person is talking to a pet,
their blood pressure remains unchanged or may even drop more than when that person is relaxing. Also, the word strings are much shorter. A different language associated with lower blood pressure. It has shown that the mere presence of an animal nearby, even without direct contact, makes the surrounding area seem safer.
At the same time, you will have a very pleasant feeling that you have saved a life.
According to scientific studies, this will help you alleviate certain problems caused by stress or disease.
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