Lovecats! How nervous Patch found his purr-fect match

The tale of two star-crossed felines, with special thanks to Sarah Piggott from RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre.

A rough patch

PatchPatch came into our care in May of last year. His owner had far too many cats to care for – they were all under-socialised and very timid. The household then suffered a house fire, which thankfully Patch managed to escape uninjured from.

He was utterly traumatised by his experiences and was one of the most nervous cats Southall Cattery had ever seen. He couldn’t be handled at all and would hide all day.

The day Seraphina came to stay

Seraphina arrived in November, having been rescued from another multi-cat household. She was suffering from a flea allergy and had severe hair loss. However, Seraphina was the complete opposite of Patch – she made herself at home in the cattery from day one and loved everybody she met.

Seraphina would have been snapped up straight away but had to stay at Millbrook for a few weeks for treatment. This turned out to be a serendipitous stroke of luck as during this time, staff noticed that Patch was very, very keen on Seraphina!

Stolen glances and cat-calls!

Patch&SPatch had started sneaking out of his hidey bed to watch Seraphina play in the corridor and would meow as she walked by.

Staff knew they had to introduce the two. Patch’s shyness lifted immediately when he was around Seraphina. He’d headbutt and groom her for attention. But they also noticed it changed his mood towards them – for the first time he wasn’t running away when the cattery staff went near him!

Seraphina was perfectly happy to spend her days in Patch’s pen too – so they moved in together and officially became a pair.

Love at first miaow

With Seraphina by his side, Patch became one hundred times braver than he used to be. He’d come to staff for attention and started to enjoyed having his chin scratched. He became almost unrecognisable from the scaredy-cat he was before.

The pair’s lust for life was noticed by a local woman who fell for the two tabbies when she visited them in early January. Determined to help the two sweethearts land on their feet, she took them home just a couple of weeks later.

In it for the long-haul

Patch_Seraphina_HomeWe were thrilled to receive a recent update:

“Patch and Seraphina are settling in really well so far. Seraphina has been sleeping on our laps and Patch sits nearby, gradually moving closer each day, which is really good to see.

“His confidence is growing each day and it is very sweet to see how devoted they are to eachother!

“I think a lot of Patch’s progress is testament to the patience and understanding of the RSPCA who laid the groundwork…and we are fortunate to be getting the benefit.”

Can you offer a special animal their fur-ever home?

If you can offer a loving home to one (or two!) of the fantastic animals in our care, head to Find a Pet to track down your purr-fect match.

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Veterinary Nurses

Veterinary Nurses are sometimes the unseen workforce in practice and many pet owners still have no idea how important veterinary nurses are to their pet’s care and wellbeing whilst they are at the veterinary practice. Like human nurses, Registered Veterinary Nurses (RVNs) are highly skilled professionals in their own right.

Animals and their caring owners are wonderful to work with and are a huge part of the job. However, some people seem to think that veterinary nursing is all about cuddling fluffy animals while the vet examines them; I can assure you it isn’t always that glamorous! RVNs work very hard caring for our patients, which includes dealing with poo, wee, snot, vomit, blood, body organs, parasites, nasty smells and the occasional challenging patient (& owner!) Veterinary nursing can be extremely emotional and is very often physically demanding, but all of the nurses I know, agree that it is also an extremely rewarding job.

RVNs work alongside Veterinary Surgeons to provide the highest standard of care and treatment for your pet.  The following are just some of the jobs that a veterinary nurse performs on a daily basis

  • Providing skilled supportive care for sick and injured animals
  • Ensuring that patients receive appropriate care while hospitalised
  • Monitoring vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate, pulse and breathing rate
  • Holding and calming animals while a vet examines and treats them
  • Post operative care and check ups
  • Monitoring and maintaining anaesthetics, to ensure your pet is safe and pain-free during his or her operation (Yes, that’s us & not the vets!)
  • “Scrubbing in” to assisting vets with operations
  • Performing minor surgery (minor lump removals, suturing wounds, abscess treatments, skin biopsies, needle aspirates etc)
  • Providing medical treatments
  • Administering medication in the form of tablets, liquids, injections or topical treatments
  • Taking blood samples
  • Calculating dosages, fluid therapy and nutritional requirements
  • Placing intravenous and urinary catheters
  • Administering intravenous fluids
  • Wound management and changing dressings
  • Taking X-rays
  • Recording ECGs
  • Assisting vets to perform diagnostic techniques such as ultrasound and endoscopy
  • Carrying out diagnostic tests for example, urine tests, blood tests, faecal tests and examining samples under a microscope.
  • Supporting pet owners
  • Maintaining and sterilising equipment and instruments
  • Cleaning up after the patients (and the vets!)
  • Keeping the surgery clean and tidy
  • Looking after the needs of and advising the pet owner about the care of their pet

RVN

RVNs also play a very important role in the education of owners with regard to good standards of patient care during their nursing consultations, over the phone, or via blogs and articles such as this one. They can support owners by providing advice and guidance on all aspects of animal care and by offering nursing clinics for services such as

  • General advice on things such as health, growth, training, aging, behaviour, housing, husbandry, weight management & dental care.
  • Nail clipping
  • Emptying Anal glands
  • Microchipping
  • Diabetic monitoring
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Nutritional and feeding requirements
  • Post operative checks and suture removals
  • Wound management and bandage changes
  • Taking routine blood samples
  • Giving medications
  • Cleaning ears
  • Advice before you get a pet and what you should be looking for in a good breeder.

The Skills Necessary To Be A Veterinary Nurse

A strong desire to work with animals and people: Just liking animals is not enough; at times being an RVN can stretch you to your emotional limits and your day to day work may include seeing animals in a great deal of pain, putting an animal to sleep, or dealing with horrific cruelty cases and at all times you have to do what is best for the animal. In just a few minutes you can go from receiving a hug from a client because you have spent that extra bit of time to explain what the problem is with their pet and reassuring them that everything will be ok, to putting an animal to sleep because there is simply isn’t enough money for treatment or it has no home to go to.

Sympathy, compassion and understanding: You need to be able to relate to the owners of the animals as well as understand the animals themselves. You have to remember that the animals you deal with are much loved by their owners and are their best (and sometimes only) friend in the world. If you don’t want to work with people this is not the job for you, you will have to deal with owners as well as their pets, so great ‘people skills’ are essential.

The ability to work hard and commit to your patients and their owners: As a veterinary nurse, if you are in the middle of an operation, dealing with an emergency or talking to an upset owner, you can’t just down tools at the end of your shift. This is not a normal 9-5 job and we often go home thinking about our patients or even end up popping into the surgery to check on them on our days off.

Patience and understanding: Your patients cannot tell you what is wrong with them and some will be in pain and frightened when they visit the practice. Patience is also a requirement when dealing with pet owners (and sometimes your colleagues!).

Intelligence: You will need to be good at maths because you will need to calculate drug and treatment dosages, fluid and nutritional requirements  several times a day. You must have the ability to communicate well with pet owners and colleagues verbally and through writing.

Initiative and problem solving skills: You need to be able to work under your own initiative to get things done – there’s no time for idling around in a busy veterinary practice. You will also need to be able to think of solutions to problems as quickly as possible.

A love of cleaning (yes, seriously!): A huge part of vet nursing is about cleaning; you must keep your patients and their environment clean to prevent the spread of infection and disease.

A supportive network of family and friends: Veterinary nursing is not a very well paid job, despite the qualifications we have and the hard work involved. You may also have to work shifts and some of those could be overnight, on weekends and on bank holidays if your practice provides its own emergency cover.

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Becoming A Student Veterinary Nurse

Training to become an RVN is intensive and takes between two and four years to complete. A large proportion of this time is spent gaining clinical experience by working in practice, with the rest spent attending college, completing assessments and coursework, many hours of personal study and, of course, passing the theory and practical examinations.

I strongly recommend that anyone who wants to be a veterinary nurse gains plenty of work experience of varying types with animals, prior to applying for a student nursing position or starting a degree course. Work experience can also be a valuable reality check for some people. Many students drop out in their first few months at a veterinary practice because they are totally unprepared for how hard and challenging the work can be.

There are two main routes to becoming a veterinary nurse in the UK and for both routes you will need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which include Maths, English and a Science subject.

Vocational Training: If you want to start working in practice straight away, vocational training is probably best for you and will take two to three years to complete. During your training you will be working under the supervision of a clinical coach who may be an RVN or a Veterinary Surgeon and your time will be divided between work in practice (paid or unpaid) and attending college once a week or on block release (several weeks at a time). You will first need to gain employment as a student nurse at an approved training practice (a website link can be found at the end of this article) and they will then register you with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and at a training college. At the end of this type of training you will receive a level 3 diploma in veterinary nursing.

Higher Education: This is a degree course; it will take longer than a vocational qualification (up to 4 years) and is university based. This course is mostly academic but you will be required to undertake several periods of clinical work placement in an approved training practice.

If you haven’t got the relevant GCSE qualifications, don’t give up hope. It may be possible for you to start out as an Animal Nursing Assistant (also known as veterinary care assistants) in practice and, once qualified, you will have the necessary skills to move on to Student Vet Nurse training. Contact the British Veterinary Nursing Association for more advice (see below). Animal nursing assistants are important members of any veterinary team, they work alongside veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to provide vital care to the patients at the practice.

A Career As A Registered Veterinary Nurse

Many qualified nurses go on to specialise and develop interests in different aspects of animal health, for example surgical nursing, medical nursing, animal behaviour, exotic pet care, alternative therapies (physiotherapy & hydrotherapy), dermatology (skin disorders) and nutrition. Some RVNs also go on to achieve a Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, BSc Degrees or an MSc in their specialist areas of veterinary nursing.

RVNs may choose to embark on a career in nursing and work in small animal practice, equine practice, large animal practice, universities, specialist referral centres, zoos or wildlife centres. They may take on a veterinary practice management role, become practice owners, become pharmaceutical or nutritional company representative or follow a career in education and become college tutors and lecturers teaching the next generation of veterinary nurses.

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Veterinary Nurse Salary

As I mentioned before, despite our qualifications and all of the hard work we do, it is not a job that is paid particularly well in some places. Salary for a qualified nurse tends to depend upon the size, type and location of the practice you work for. The average annual salary for an RVN is around £14,500 – £20,000*, although this may increase over time depending on your skills, experience and any extra qualifications you may gain.

The average annual salary for student VNs is approximately £14,000* a year, however this may not include your training, college or exam fees depending on the veterinary practice you work for and some training practices do not pay student nurses at all!

What Do The Different Uniform Colours Mean?

Traditionally qualified veterinary nurses wear bottle green tunics (or dresses), with student nurses in striped green and nursing assistants in lilac, however, many practices around the UK have their own colour schemes for uniforms (for example the PDSA nurses are usually in blue tunics) . VN Uniforms

How Do You Know If A Veterinary Nurse Is Qualified And Listed ?

Sadly the title of veterinary nurse is not yet a protected one, which means that anyone can call themselves as veterinary nurse, even if they have not trained or passed any exams! The only way you can tell if your veterinary nurse is qualified and/or registered is by the badge they wear and by checking to see if they are on the RCVS veterinary nurse register (a link can be found below).

Badges

Useful Links

  • For more information about training to become a veterinary nurse and what qualifications you will need please visit the British Veterinary Nursing Association website 
  • To find an approved training practice please visit the RCVS Website
  • For information about higher education routes into veterinary nursing please visit  the UCAS website
  • For more information about the Code of Professional Conduct that qualified veterinary nurses must adhere to please visit the RCVS Website
  • To check if your veterinary nurse is registered with the RCVS visit RCVS VN List

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Kurilian Bobtail One of the Newest Championship Breeds in TICA

Kurilian Bobtail
One of the Newest Championship Breeds in TICA
by 
Nicki Fenwick-Raven – Amisti Kurilian Bobtails

Accepted into Championship status by TICA in May 2012 and one of only thirteen Natural breeds recognised in TICA the Kurilian Bobtail is progressing slowly outward from its Russian and Japanese roots and can now be seen in the catteries of progressive breeders in the USA and Europe who are interested in promoting the breed both as beautiful show cats and excellent family pets.

As a natural breed the Kurilian traces its origins to the Kuril Islands and Sakhalin Island, volcanic islands stretched between Russia and Japan. The cats have been documented on the Islands for more than 200 years and it seems were introduced as catchers of vermin to Russian households due to their natural ability to catch small rodents and have very successfully adapted to become favoured pets.

The Kurilian Bobtail is an independent, highly intelligent, clever and inquisitive cat. If there is something going on you can bet the Kurilian will be at the centre of it, they are sociable and playful and excellent with children as they are the most gentle of felines.

Possibly due to their natural beginnings the Kurilian is an active and energetic feline with a penchant for heights and a natural swiftness of foot which is surprising for such a cobby feline. They are excellent tree climbers and love nothing more than to sit on top of doors or cupboards’ surveying what is going on below. They move pretty quickly too and are happy to play with other felines, dogs or humans!

The body is medium to large, compact and semi-cobby, with a broad chest. The head is large, a moderate modified wedge with rounded contours and wide at the cheekbone. Eyes are walnut shaped, oval on the top and rounded on the bottom. The ears are medium sized, triangular in shape, wide at the base and slope slightly forward. On first seeing, Kurilian Bobtail you may think that the cat is not particularly heavy, but upon lifting it becomes apparent that these marvellous creatures are very solid and brawny. The coat is soft and silky, generally non matting and pleasant to the touch. The Kurilian Bobtail comes in a variety of traditional colors in solid or tabby, and these colors with any amount of white on their body. Some of the most stunning Kurilian Bobtails also exhibit silver highlights however, they do not and should never carry the pointed gene.

My first encounter with them was in Moscow Russia in 2011. Fifteen adults and kittens were present at a TICA Cat Show which was running alongside a companion animal show.

The Kurilians however, took my breath away. Creatures of magnificent stature and with immense presence I was fascinated with them from the first look. Fortunate enough to be able to handle the cats on show their sheer size and musculature and yet gentle disposition made them a truly engaging feline breed. It was amazing that a breed with such bulk and substance was such a gentle and loving cat.

I kept in touch with the breeders I met and in early 2013 was pleased to welcome three cats from different breeders into my cattery in the UK.

As I write this article in June 2014 there are currently 172 titled Kurilians (both Long and Shorthaired) in TICA and we now have our very first IW in the breed:

IW SGC Tisima Anyu Bliklya of Amisti

International 10th Best Allbreed Kitten

Best of Breed Kurilian Bobtail LH Adult

Best All Breed Kitten Region EW

Photo by Kathrin Gerz

The most remarkable part of the Kurilian is their fabulous tail; no two tails are the same just like a human fingerprint each has its own signature. It’s a dominant gene so even if the Kurilian were to be mated with a domestic cat all the resulting kittens would have short kinked or twisted tails. Although it is known as a Pom Pom really the structure is very different. The short, busy tails can be shaped like a whisk, a spiral, a stump or a snag that consist of anywhere between 2-10 vertebrae kinked many times in various directions. Each tail felt is a new adventure, the amazing ways that each tailbone can articulate, twist, turn and spiral makes you want to feel them again and again. It’s an amazing “structure” and good to know that the gene that makes it happen is not a dangerous, life threatening one for the breed.

Tail variations:

Snag – This form of tail mostly consists of 2-8 rigidly jointed vertebrae. The kinks feel like knobs. Often seen with outgrowth from the base of the spine. Sometimes, such a “snag” ends with 1-2 vertebrae, thin and pointed aside. This type of tail keeps partial flexibility. It is difficult to count the exact number of vertebrae as, very often; only the outgrowth can be felt. 

Spiral – This type of tail is the most beautiful. It consists of 5-10 vertebrae twisted in a manner to form sharp angles and coils. The “spiral” may look like a half bagel, Danish pastry or fishhook.

 

The vertebrae junctions can be articulated or semi-rigid. It can also represent the combination

of articulated and rigid sections. In this case the cat is able to wag with one or several sections of its tail. 

Whisk – This form of tail consists of 5-15 vertebrae. The length usually runs up to 5-13 cm or 2/3 of normal tail length. The vertebrae curve at an obtuse angle. They may keep partial flexibility in some junctions of the tail. The vertebrae may form one or two strongly pronounced kinks. This type of “whisk” will look like a zigzag.

 

Delayed bobtail – This form of tail starts as a normal one. It is straight and free from defects for the first 5-7 vertebrae, but it ends with a hook and a different degree of articulation. At the end of the tail the “hook” is usually a spiral or zig zag. A kink of the first vertebra may appear as the cat ages then the tail is directed upward forming so called “squirrel tail”. The “delayed bobtail” is a fault.

The excessive length of straight section represents a defect in the standard.

Whilst the fabulous tail of this feline is both imaginative and unique to its breed, the personality of this cat is surely its second most endearing feature. They are simply one of the best companion cats. They love nothing more than to be close to their human slave and to be involved in everything that their human companions get involved in. They will move from room to room as their owners move so strong is their bond and want to be together with their owners.

Like it or not they are into everything and being highly intelligent they can be trained to do most things including fetching a ball and opening doors and they are the most superb fly catchers! Exceptionally social they love to play and are excellent with children, other cats and dogs.

Another great feature of the breed is that fathers also make great parents, the sire can take an active role in the raising of kittens and being even tempered and largely non spraying is able to live as part of the family in the home.

The Kurilian Bobtail is a sturdy cat with no health issues, a well-balanced character who travels well and enjoys all the social aspects and play involved in showing. What better cat to show?

With the champions we already have in TICA and now our very first International Winner in only the second year of championship status the Kurilian looks set to go from strength to strength.

Nicki Fenwick-Raven

Amisti Kurilian Bobtails

Purrfect Handmade Gift Wrap for Cat Lovers

Purrfect Handmade Gift Wrap for Cat Lovers

I’m a bit of a stationery junkie, I’ll admit it. I have way more wrapping paper, gift tags and note cards than any human would ever need. I thought I’d put my obsession to good use and share a few favorites from my overflowing Pinterest board of cat-themed wrapping accessories.

These handmade gift papers, tags or boxes will add the purrfect feline touch to make the gift even sweeter. The artists I’ve featured below have hand drawn, hand printed, and hand stamped a variety of patterns – from quirky to elegant to rustic – making it easy and fun to find just the right wrapping to suit your gift recipient’s personality. Plus, it’s a great way to support independent artists and makers (who also love cats)!

Let me know your favorites in the comments. Oh and let me know if you have any tips for wrapping presents without your cat “helping.” I haven’t figured that out yet…

Papergirl Designs│Illustrated Cat Gift Wrap, Cards & Tags

Paper Girl

Carolyn Clingman is the “Papergirl” behind Papergirl Designs. She offers fun pet-themed wrapping paper, greeting cards and gift tags that will warm any animal lover’s heart. Papergirl Designs donates proceeds and products to several pet organizations annually. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

A Paper Affaire │Paper Cat Gift Box & Tag

This adorable gift box measures 3.25 x 3 inches. It’s too small for a gift card, but would be perfect for jewelry or small candies. I bet if you contacted the owner, Holly Havnaer, she could make something custom! Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Sea Bay Shop│Illustrated Cat Gift Wrap

I fell in love with this quirky blue cat illustration, but there are several other colors and variations! Chelsea Bayouth is the artist behind Sea Bay Shop, and these unique gift wrap designs are (as she says) “straight out of my sketchbook!” Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Egg and Spoon Studio│Hand Drawn Cat Gift Box

These cute Kraft boxes are decorated with a hand printed black, white or ginger cat face, featuring hand drawn details. They measure approximately 8 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm and come with a removable foam pad and a small sheet of  tissue paper. Visit their Etsy shop to purchase.

Sea Urchin Studio│Illustrated Cat Gift Wrap

A set of three rolled sheets of gift wrap, illustrated with happy, colorful cats. Printed in full color on thick, luxurious paper. Sara is an illustrator from Connecticut whose “whimsical designs celebrate the magical thinking of childhood.” These happy cats certainly fit that description! Visit her Handmade at Amazon shop to purchase.

Catscrappin│Muslin Cat Gift Bags

This rustic muslin bag measures approx. 3″ x 4″‘ and has double thick draw strings. Each bag is hand stamped by the owner, Lana Searfoss, so each one is unique. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

The Barefoot Printer│Hand Stamped Cat Gift Wrap

This set includes wrapping paper, two gift tags and  twine. The paper is hand printed by Lorna Roberts, who also uses her own rubber stamps that she has carefully and lovingly carved out. There are a few variations on this print. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Bibury Paper │Gift Topper

How cute is this? A kitten plays with a red string ball to add an adorable touch to your gift. Kitten measures approximately 2 3/4″ x 4″. One yard of string on either side gives you two yards total. Visit her Etsy shop to purchase.

Cara Imperato is the Kitty Curator. She wanders the world wide web in search of cat-inspired art & handmade goods by indie artists and makers. Whether you’re seeking a unique cat lover gift or a place to share your own kitty creations, join the Kitty Curator community for daily features and curated collections. Subscribe at KittyCurator.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Bengal Games

The Bengal Games…it could be a title of a very bad Hollywood movie, almost as bad as Hunger Games has been (sorry, fans…all the 3 of them!). But this is so much more entertaining: it involves two cats! 🙂

One of our 2 Bengal tigers (Roxy and her son Diego), Roxy mama, is old enough, nearing her second year, and smart enough too to be safe and go frequently outside. Alone or with us. Her son does not have this privilege yet, although we certainly could trust Roxy to protect Diego, we find that her son just too young and small at 5 months age to bear the great adventures of the world (like, other cats, seagulls, bikes, cars, occasional morons).

But as limitations (for now) arise, inventions do as well!

And boy, they have together their happy times inside, having rough looking funny fights, throwing each other, jumping over (or onto!); rolling, ducking, kicking and running based athletic championships: The Catlympics.

A bit of a selections (viewer’s discretion advisory: mute sounds, do not listen to the narration, the voice is AWFUL), 1080p, of course, hopefully much to your delight:

Respect Your Cat

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP:

No, Lola! I’m talking about International Respect Your Cat Day!

What? I’ve never heard of that Sasha. I’ve only heard of Hairball Awareness Day, National Cat Day, National Feral Cat Day and Happy Mew Year.

Well, Lola, International Respect Your Cat Day is one that our humans missed.

Talk about not getting respect, Sasha!

Yeah, they thought that they would just let that holiday slide by and we wouldn’t notice!

Yeah, right.

Yeah, that’s right Sasha! We have Hairball Awareness Day to look forward to on the last Friday of April. That’s a holiday that they won’t forget! 🙂

FUN FACT:

A survey showed that most pet owners would prefer to stay home and cuddle with their pet (63%) than go on a romantic date with their significant other (35%).

That won’t be our humans after the last Friday of April…

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Why not check out our own Blog here: https://2bloggingcats.wordpress.com

How Presence of a Cat in Our Life Affects Our Mental Health

How Presence of a Cat in Our Life Affects Our Mental Health 

Apart from being cuddly bundles of joy, cats also share a special bond with humans and impact our lives on many levels. These fluffy companions can significantly improve the overall quality of our lives. Besides having a play buddy who loves to purr, owning a cat has a number of benefits on our mental as well as physical health. Here’s how owning a cat can have a positive influence on our mental state.

They give us a sense of purpose

Owning a pet means catering to their needs and making sure that they are satisfied and happy. Taking care of another living creature gives us a sense of purpose. This can be extremely helpful if we’re troubled with negative thoughts. By directing your attention to another being’s needs, we forget about your troubles and misfortunes and we stop focusing only on ourselves. Being fully dedicated to your pet takes your mind off things and prevents worrying about the past or the future. There’s only the present moment and that’s all that matters. Also, we take great pleasure and comfort in doing something good for another being, and their positive reaction in turn perpetuates the circle of joy and makes us feel better about ourselves and our life.

They help us cope

The loss of loved one causes great pain which is hard to deal with. Cats provide an immense source of love and support. Cats can facilitate the mourning process and help people recover quicker. They are also great listeners to whom we can open your heart and soul without worrying that they will judge us as they can’t respond. This makes it easier for us to talk about our feelings and enables us to get over the pain faster.

They reduce loneliness

Cats can usually sense when we’re feeling blue and at that moment they will refuse to leave us alone. They are great companions who can help in combating loneliness. The presence of a cat makes us feel connected with another being. Having someone to spend time with and who waits for us at home every day provides a sense of comfort and relief. Owning a cat has a number of benefits on our mental and physical health. They take such good care of us and we need to return the favor by taking care of their needs, providing them with all sorts of cat supplies and ensuring them a safe and comfortable home.

They help battle depression

Having a cat can help forget about your problems and keep the negative emotions at bay. The companionship of a cat can help us overcome depression by focusing on something else rather on the hardships we’re going through. Cats are efficient mood-boosters that can lighten up our spirits and get us on the move. The unconditional love they give us has a soothing effect on the mind and it prevents us from feeling down.

They reduce stress and anxiety levels

Petting of a cat has a calming effect on our mind and it removes any kind of tension. It triggers the production of oxytocin, a hormone that lowers the levels of stress and anxiety in our body. Also, the sound of cat purring adds up to the peaceful atmosphere. Cuddling and snuggling with your cat minimizes anxiety and it makes you feel relaxed and stress-free.

They improve our physical health

A mental imbalance also affects our physical condition, therefore owning a cat has a positive influence on physical health. They help us improve our immune systems and lessen the need to go to a doctor. Studies show that cat owners are less likely to develop common allergies than people without cats. Apart from this, the presence of our furry friends minimizes the chances of children getting asthma and other respiratory infections. Having a cat also leads to lower blood pressure and reduced risks of stroke and heart attack.

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About the author:

Olivia Williams Jones is psychologist from Brisbane, dedicated to making some changes in the world, starting from her own environment. Together with her husband, she is a proud mum of two silly boxers, Teo and Mia. She is also a passionate writer about pets, parenting and healthy living. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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