Cat therapist?

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”.

Scientific confirmation

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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Beneficial effects

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.

 

Zootherapy

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.

Positive energies

 

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.

Faithful confidant

 

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.

 

Conclusions

 

If you do not have a cat yet, but instead have health problems, hurry to get one. But first, check out my posts from the section TIPS FOR CAT CARE.

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.

If you liked the article, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment in which you can tell me your opinion on the subject. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

You can now learn to communicate directly with your cat.

 

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12 Replies to “Cat therapist?”

  1. Even though I have people around me who do not have cats and sometimes have certain negative thoughts, I have always loved cats and I had my reasons. As a child, my parents had cats and he only offered us joy in the family. As you said, cats feel when something hurts us and always try to comfort us by sitting next to us. Somewhere I read that cats also have an anti-stress role and I can confirm that in my family no one has been depressed so far and our positivist and optimism has always been great.
    I’m glad I discovered your article and once again confirmed to me what I think about cats. I can’t wait to read your other posts too!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I have been raising cats for 35 years and I can assure you that everything I wrote in the article is true. Cats brighten our lives and help us get through hard times.

  2. Cute site. I must admit that i do not like cats but reading through your sight has make me think twice. This has enriched my knowledge and who knows, I might own one soon. Your pet niche is one that i would have never thought of given the fact that in my upbringing, the only pets reasonable at my home were dogs, and majorly cows up to date.  Thank you for the wonderful information shared. God bless.

  3. This is so cool! Scientific proof for having a pet making you happy. It makes sense when you think about it but having the proof on paper makes it more real. I know my own pet lights up my mood easily just by coming up to sit with me and curl on my lap. Fuzzy companions are the best!

    1. Thank you for your comment. Indeed, it is very good to have scientific evidence to improve the health of cats. But whoever has cats, I don’t think they need such proof. 

  4. It’s the weirdest thing. I am horrendously allergic to cat hair, so have to be extremely careful when I am around cats. Yet simply being able to look at my sister’s absolutely gorgeous Russian Blue, to appreciate how beautiful a creature she is and to listen to her contented purrs, feels me with a sense of peace and relaxation I cannot explain. Cat therapist? Yes, I can certainly agree!

    1. Thank you for your comment. Indeed in the presence of a cat forget all the troubles of life. Did you know that there are cats for allergy sufferers as well? Sphynx breed. If you love them, you can try.

  5. Thank you for such a wonderful article, which has warmed my heart. I used to be called a ‘cat mamma’ when I was a child. At the age of 8 I would read books about cats, which included chapters about anatomy, and one day I found out that if you place a male cat on top of a female cat, that you will get kittens, haha! So I did exactly that with all the cats I could get… Hilarious! And it worked – our house was soon full of kittens! 🙂 I was like an enthusiastic young cat breeder. I’m still laughing about that today. Nowadays, whenever I meet cats in the street, they always run to me. I still feel a special connection with these mysterious animals. I have a small statue of the Egyptian goddess Bastet made of dark green resin. She has golden rings in her ears and nose and it’s modelled on the famous statue from The British Museum. I do believe that cats have healing powers and that they can sense negative energies and come to dispel them, exactly as you say. Thanks for your illuminating article which has made my morning and brought back so many lovely memories!

    1. Hello Lucie

      Thank you for your comment. Your story is cool. The goddess Baset was the protector of cats in ancient Egypt. If someone kills a cat in ancient Egypt, he will receive the death penalty. I wish it was the same now, all over the world.

  6. This is new to me. You have provided Scientific proof for having a pet making you happy. Moreover, It makes sense when you think about it but having the proof on paper makes  it more real. Thanks for sharing such an insightful content which will provide knowledge for pet lovers.

    1. Thank you for your comment. As far as I know, cat therapy is practiced in some nursing homes and in some hospitals. But it is good to have at least one cat at home, which protects us from illness.

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