Pet therapy

A ragdoll cat lies on a rug.

Returning home after having to isolate, I was incredibly happy to reunite with my cat. 

Since my mum had COVID, I was unable to see my cat for a couple of weeks, which made me appreciate the power of a pet to cheer you even more.

My cat, a seal point ragdoll, is a big source of serotonin for me. You can always find me showing photos of him, talking about how much I miss him, or cuddling up with him on my bed. I love my cat so much, to the extent that it is quite obsessive...

But it's not just me: pets are known to improve your mental health! They can help reduce stress, provide a sense of purpose, and give you companionship. After a stressful day, if I'm having a cry, my cat will come up to me to give me a kiss, and make me feel better. Or for those with dogs, going for a walk with them in the fresh air can do wonders for your happiness.

Though of course it is important to note that we can't all have a pet. Some of us live in student accommodation, have a sibling that is allergic, or simply can't afford it or give it the life it deserves. So what's the solution?

Visit your friend with a dog and take them for a walk on the beach. Go to a cat cafe (there's one in Parkside) or a petting zoo. Or even appreciate from afar with some wholesome animal friendship videos. 

I am so happy to be able to snuggle with my cat again and appreciate quality time with him! Pets are definitely great therapy.

Tagged in What messes with your head, pets, stress, love