If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll know how much I love my cat. He’s a big black cat that acts like a dog, fox, rat, penguin and panther – basically anything but a cat. He’s my eternal shadow and waits patiently for me to come home so we can have some cuddles, but that’s not the only reason having a cat is so therapeutic.
People who don’t have cats think they’re not very entertaining. “All they do is sleep and they’re too independent.” But that’s where you’re wrong. Cats provide hours of entertainment. When they have their ‘crazy hour’ they run around all hyper and hilarious doing things you’d never expect, they get so excited when being stroked or fed that they can’t function properly, and even when they’re relaxing/sleeping they find amusing positions.
Despite the fact they occasionally (always) knead you like a piece of bread dough it has been proven that the repetitive stroking of cats is calming and helps you to relax releasing any stress and anxiety. Plus it’s lovely to have a pet that is so independent and capable come and show you love and affection of their own accord.
It feels like home
For me a house without a pet doesn’t feel like a home. It’s always lovely to get in when Mr G is working late/nights and see Oscar’s squishy little face and argue with him (meow at each other) until I pick him up and cradle him like a baby – yes he’s VERY spoilt and I’m rather odd. And I don’t have to be in the house alone. Silly I know (what’s a cat going to do if something happens?) but it makes me feel safer.
Are you a fellow cat lover or do you have another pet that you find therapeutic?