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The effect of cats on mental health: Affectionate and supportive companions

01 Feb 2024
تأثير القطط على الصحة النفسية: رفقاء حنونون وداعمون

Cats have long been associated with positive qualities such as calmness, intelligence, and beauty. But did you know that raising cats can have a positive impact on your mental health?

Benefits of raising cats for mental health:

1. Reduce stress and anxiety:

  • Studies have shown that just having a cat in the home can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Cat purring helps release oxytocin, known as the “love hormone,” creating a feeling of calm and relaxation.
  • Playing with cats can distract you from your negative thoughts and improve your mood.

2. Fight loneliness:

  • Cats provide companionship and emotional support, especially for people who live alone or experience feelings of loneliness.
  • Cats encourage social interaction, where they can be a topic of discussion with friends and family.

3. Enhancing a sense of responsibility:

  • Raising a cat requires care and attention, which fosters a sense of responsibility and commitment.
  • Caring for a cat can teach you patience and compassion.

4. Improve sleep quality:

  • Cats sleeping on their owners' beds helps them feel safe and warm.
  • The sound of cats purring can help you relax and sleep better.

5. Other benefits:

  • Petting cats can help reduce pain.
  • Raising cats can help improve immune function.
  • Raising cats can help improve heart health.

Some tips for choosing the right cat:

1. Assess your needs:

    • What type of psychological disorder do you suffer from?
    • What are your psychological and emotional needs?
    • What are your needs in terms of time and energy?

2. Choose the type of cat:

    • Calm cats:
        • Cats with a calm and calm personality may be better suited to people who suffer from anxiety or insomnia.
        • Look for a cat with calm behaviors, such as lying on your lap or playing quietly.
    • Active cats:
        • Cats with an active and inquisitive personality may be better suited to people who are depressed or lethargic.
        • Find a cat that encourages you to move and play, which may improve your mood and energy.
    • Cats with special needs:
        • Adopting a cat with special needs can be a rewarding experience for people with mental disorders.
        • Caring for a cat with special needs can improve your sense of self-confidence and ability to help others.

3. Choosing the cat’s age:

    • Kittens:
        • Kittens may be more active and playful, which may suit some people.
        • Kittens require more care and attention.
    • Big cats:
        • Big cats may be calmer and more sedentary, which may suit some people.
        • Older cats may be more susceptible to disease.

4. Choosing a cat breed:

    • Some cat breeds are known to be calmer and gentler than others.
    • Find a breed that matches your needs and personality.

5. Adopt a cat from an animal shelter:

    • Adopting a cat from an animal shelter can be an enriching experience.
    • You will help save a cat's life.

6. Spend some time with the cat before adopting it:

    • Make sure you feel comfortable with the cat and that she gets along with you.
    • Play with the cat and get to know its personality.

Choosing the right cat for people with psychological disorders is important to ensure a positive experience for both.

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