How Cats Can Help With Depression

Cat bonds ease isolation anguish and suicidal thoughts by safely fulfilling connection needs.

Social Support  

Stroking soft fur triggers release of biochemicals with antidepressant effects.

 Mood Lifting Oxytocin   

Having another dependent life needing caretaking refocuses thoughts from distressing patterns.   

Mental Engagement  

Feeling significant to another organism through caretaking instills meaningfulness counteracting worthlessness.

Responsibility Significance  

Gentle predictable affection alleviates anxiety fueling some depressive conditions.   

Anxiety Reduction  

A cat’s feeding, play and elimination schedule imposes stabilizing daily rhythms.  

Healthy Routine Anchors

Cats give nonjudgmental affection vital for trauma recovery underlying mood disorders.

 Unconditional Regard

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