“After a long sad day/Your cat recognizes my misadventure/she climbed and slept upon my chest/And she rose and fell with my breathing/Like a sea bird riding a wave.”

Thus sings British folk musician James Yorkston, obviously with an affinity for the calming effect that cats can have on troubled individuals.  Many cat owners are able to attest to this quality in their feline companions- which is ironic, given cats’ reputation as fiercely independent creatures that, at best, affect a sort of bemused indifference to the everyday affairs of human beings.  I too have experience this gentle rumble of the cat’s internal engine, that peaceful hum that relieves anxiety and slows the heartbeat.  It has often been my most reliable nightcap!  Like the grinning Cheshire of Alice in Wonderland, so too can everyday cats usher us into our dreams… and in general, improve our dispositions.

Studies have shown that people who are upset often benefit from the rhythmic repetition of stroking a cat, and that the low, contented purr that a happy cat emits goes even further towards calming someone down.  It has even been said that this will lower blood pressure in humans.

People who suffer depression have often reported that their cats seem to intuit when company is most needed.  Regardless of whether or not it is the cat’s intention to calm a person down, it seems to be effective; even more so when people truly believe that their cat is attuned to their emotions.  Knowing that you are not alone can work wonders.  Sometimes, just having the entertainment of watching a cat chase a laser pointer up a wall is enough to bring you out of a funk.

Recently, there has been a popularity increase in pet therapy, especially in assisted living environments; while cats aren’t the only animals used as therapeutic pets, they are among the most popular.  They may be used to keep Alzheimer’s patients “in the now”.  Some patients with dementia are able to enjoy a bond with cats.  Cats can help to create a positive environment through social interaction, by bringing people out of isolation, and by fulfilling the human desire to touch and be touched.

Often, forms of communication that are most conducive to healing are non-verbal types.  Instead of having depression clinically described in words, and then have solutions callously offered as “advice”, time with a cat can be the most reassuring therapy one can get.  In another www.ProbioticSmart.com blog, we learned that cats in history have been used, for their curiosity and sensitivity, to predict natural disasters and danger.  To this day, cats continue the battle- keeping us safe from harm, even when the harm originates within us.

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