Pets And Our Mental Health 

There has been a lot going around on social media about how our pets can help with our mental health. 

I sat and thought about this and I guess my cat has been good company for me while hubby has been away with work and I have been home alone with my little girl. He is someone to have a cuddle with at the end of the day and someone who sits by my side when I am ill in bed. Those are the worst days. You have nothing else to do expect be ill with all the time in the world to think.He lays next to me, cuddles up to me and it takes my mind off of everything as we play with his teddy mouse and feather. He actually collects my post for me to and loves to play football. He is a cat that thinks he’s a dog and howls at the door when my hubby goes to work.

We got him from the RSPCA and he was in a foster home with dogs up until about 6 months old. That’s the only reason I can think of to explain why he acts like a dog sometimes.

I’ve heard of people having dogs as pets to help them get out of bed on a bad day because they have to be walked and fed. I have heard that when you stroke an animal it releases a happy hormone in our brain.

Is all this true?

How do you feel when your pet is around?

Do you feel more content and happy?

Has having a pet helped with your mental wellbeing?

I would say for me it has. My cats (now cats as we have just adopted an 11 week old kitten) I would say they do make me happier when they come over for a cuddle. When I’m out shopping and think ‘aw they would love that.’ When I’m ill in bed and they sit by my side like a protector worrying about you. When they come over to your bed and meow until you get up and feed them. It gives me a reason to get up.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

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29 comments

  1. 100% believe that animals help with mental health. I love cats but unfortunately can’t have any pets in my rented house 😦 Your cats are gorgeous! Enjoy them ☺️ 🐾🐱

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  2. My pets absolutely help me with my mental health and just with being happier. They are literally my life. They help out in so many different ways from making me feel safer, less lonely, and just happier in general. Lovely post that many can relate too!💕💕

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  3. I have a cat, and he’s so lovely. He’s such a big help when it comes to my mental health. I think it’s important, to just cuddle them all the time, and relax. Think about positive things only.

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  4. Oh my, your cat and kitten together is so so adorable 💕. I completely agree with this post ☺️. My cats always know if I’m feeling down they will come and sit with me. It’s like they have a special intuition. I always feel so much better just having them around and they me laugh when they get up to mischief 😄 Lovely post Kerry 😘 xx

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  5. Pets are amazing! Sadly I don’t have any at the moment, but I have had dogs, cats, gerbils etc in the past and they bring so much joy. It’s lovely seeing the different personalities each of them have. I can’t wait to get another dog in the future, they are so loving!

    Amy,
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    • That’s lovely and they really do know. If I’m ill my cat doesn’t leave my side or if I cry he meows at my husband as if to say sort it out ha 🤦‍♀️ x

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  6. Pets are great! Our cats know when we are upset or distressed. But aside from the soft warm cuddles, I think a reason pets are so good for our health is because it feels good to take care of another living thing. I get so much pleasure in giving my cats wet food or seeing them excited for a clean poop box (although I’m never excited to scoop it)

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