Cats are soft, furry and companionable animals that can be a delight to have around. They provide more than just entertainment, however. Cats can be a tremendous help in animal-assisted therapy sessions.
Cats in Therapy Sessions
When cats were present during a therapy session:
- Depressed patients were more social, and experienced decreases in depression.
- Children with severe ADHD showed increased attention spans.
- Autistic or developmentally disabled patients were more social, and showed increased attention spans.
- Patients with Alzheimer's experienced decreases in depression and anger, with increased attention spans.
Of course, having a cat isn't right for everyone. But if you're in the right place in life and have love to give, you might be surprised by the ways your life improves with a cat by your side.