My three cats are undoubtedly good for my mental health. When Buzz gets under the covers and curls up against my leg, I fall asleep faster. Once when I was in physical pain that kept me from sleeping, I reached out to Lucy, who sleeps on a pillow beside my head, and concentrated on the feeling of her incredibly soft fur, focusing as much of my attention on my fingertips that felt not just the softness but her deep purr, and was able to drift away. When I'm so depressed I don't want to move, they make me get up to feed them. And they give me affection all day long.
For some people, pets provide even more therapy. Guest contributor Joy told us the story, The Cats Who Saved My Life. It is now possible to get psychiatric service dogs and other animals.
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