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.