There has been a lot going around on social media about how our pets can help with our mental health. What is your thoughts on this? Does your pet help with your wellbeing?
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 I can 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, yes honestly he collects my post. He will run to the door when the Postman has delivered our mail, picks it up and drops it in whatever room I’m in.
He 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 your brain.
Is all this true?
I believe it is.
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.
I just open my eyes and all I see is them staring at me. ‘feeeeeed meeee’ one is a soft he just bounces around all the time and meows. The oldest is very intense. He reminds me of puss in boots. He has this stare that says don’t touch me or I’ll kill you, then the next he is like, ok stroke me annnnnnnnd stop. Ha.
They generalye put a smile on my face throughout the week.
What do you think? Leave a comment below.