Love conquers all, felines are blessings
- First, I want to thank everyone who has shared their heartfelt uplifting experiences with their furry loved ones. Six years ago I was in a car accident which left me paralyzed and severly depressed due to my resulting handicaps. Living far from from home with no family and few friends, it was a nearly intolerable period of protracted suffering i endured during my slow recovery. Until one day a miracle occurred and the sweeteest most lovable feral cat appeared from nowhere and adopted me, beginning a six year loving relationship which has enriched my life beyond words, given me unconditional love, and been more beneficial therapy than any doctors or hospitals could. He gave me a reason to live, in that regardsless of my traumas or depressed states i always found true joy in caring for and providing for my beloved cat, and in return he was always there to comfort me and be my companion. Loving and being with my cat gave me a quality of life that would have been Impossible otherwise.
Cat kept me going when going got tough
- My Simba, back in '98, helped me through a rough time when I struggled with a terrible clinical depression and felt suicidal. However, I was afraid of what would happen to Simba if I weren't around anymore. When I lay in bed, unable to bring myself to get up, Simba uncharacteristically lay on the bed with me, giving me his quiet comfort. And I had to drag myself out of bed every day to feed him, clean the litter box, etc., so that gave me the necessary boost to be able to feed myself, keep going to work, etc. Simba is now 14 and being a comfort to my widowed mom (he has done the "laying in bed" thing with her, too, when she was very sick... he only does that when he knows he is needed).
Sam and Ellen
- My daughter is 10 yrs old and has a dog and it does nothing for her. She has autuism. But when she is at my house around my cats Frodo and Sam she is so calm and the it is like my 10 yr old and the cats share a special kind of bond. I love seeing my daughter Ellen with the cats it is something amazing...
- —Guest Mary
leukemia and cats
- I have a leukemia and my 3 cats help me feel better, I have a better health now because of them, the are very intelligent moreover, bye !! patty !!!
- —Guest seynabou68
- I really enjoyed reading that story. I too find my beautiful cats to be wonderful therapeutic companions.
- —Guest Kathryn
- I am a nineteen-year-old young woman who takes medication for depression. Two years ago I was suicidal and felt (without foundation) that I was a dissapointment to everyone around me. Around that time, My mother brought home a young farm-born Calico we named Mousetrap. We'd had cats who ran away, so I tried not to get close. She seemed to single me out, choosing my lap instead of my siblings, and sleeping in my bed. Sometime she would climb the ladder to my loft bed and lay on my chest for afew moments then left, as if she were checking on me. Now that I'm in college, I see her as my biggest cheerleader and comfort when I'm stressed, I love Mousetrap, and because of her attention, I'm learning to love myself as well.
- —Guest Kristina
My experience with cat therapy
- I had three cats at the time of my father's death, Marx, Muffy and Rudy. When I came home from the funeral in Pa. they rallied around and comforted me in my grief. Three months later, Marx meowed in a strange way. A trip to the vet et told me that he was mourning for my father whom he had not seen in six years. Marx ran through my apartment every day looking for my father when the fact is that he had never been to the apartment we were now living in. Do not underestimate the capabilities of a cat's fellings if he/she is treated with love and kindness. Muffy died within two years of Marx because she missed him so much she would not live without him. Now Rudy is showing signs of sorrow because my granddaughter and her mother were involved in a car accident. I heard it on the television news and when I screamed, Rudy jumped and I said "No not them, it can't be true." Rudy cringed and started to give me his version of crying meow. This is what he does when he is unhappy or sad.
- —Guest Marionetta Johns
NOT A DUMB CAT
- I have a wonderful cat name Brownie. She lets me know when the phone is ringing by layin on the phone or wrap around my legs if I'm walking thru OUR house.She wakes me up when it gets daylight or the alarm is going off..she does her dough motions on my side. She doesn't meow very loud so its hard for me to hear her and she knows I'm hard of hearing. One day my daughter moved her washer and dryer into my laundry room. We started doing some laundry. Loud washer she didn't care for that noise.She let me know by jumpin on me and then went into the laundry room and watched the washer. Iask her what's wrong? She gave me the awfull look. So I open my washer and rearrange the clothes. She was happy then. Purred around my legs. My cat is something everyday so smart my kids think she is a dumb cat. Oh when my back is hurtin and I lay down on my tommy she will lay on my back and purr. The hurt goes away. I do believe cats are great helpers. I luv my Brownie!!
- —Guest rebakland
Finally on Track
- I've suffered from clinical depression and ADHD all my life. A year and a half ago I finally sobered up after a battle with drug abuse and stayed sober after intense treatment at hospitals, outpatient work, therapy, and medication. My life was a little more stable without the drugs but I still found it really hard to interact with people and get out of bed each day let alone stay organized and try to be even a little productive. I made the decision to get a cat and 4 months ago I brought home two little two-month old fluffballs: Genghis (an orange tabby) and Fidel (a tuxedo cat). They have been such a blessing. I finally feel like my life is becoming normal and all the bumps are starting to smooth themselves out. It started with knowing that no matter what I had to get up everyday and take care of them. Now I can't wait to get out of bed. They've done what no therapy could ever do. Whenever I feel down they come over looking for pets and to curl up beside me.
- —Guest rays_of_inconsistency
I learned a lot from her
- My wonderful sweet cat died last month. She had a very aggressive form of lymphoma and she died within two weeks of our finding out about her condition. I had her for 12-1/2 years. During that period of time I became disabled due to multiple disorders. She could tell when I was going to have a problem, she wouldn't let me take naps during the day (when I was depressed), she was there for me day and night, she gave unconditional love. I miss her so much. I have had cats before but none of them were like her. After she died, I realized she had been a therapy cat. I thought I could never get another cat because I hurt so much from losing her. We are picking up a kitten tomorrow, I realized I need a therapy cat.
- —Guest Lynda
The healing power of cats
- I've had three cats so far, and I currently have my second Siamese kitten. A year after I got my first Siamese, I became pregnant which was a very difficult time in my life. The baby's father did not want the baby, and I had to move back to my parents house since I had no where else to go. Not being able to work, being at my parents' house, and realizing that I was going to become a single mom, I felt completely alone and depressed. It may sound crazy, but my little angel and Isis(cat) were the only two that accompanied me through my nine months of loneliness. Every time I cried or felt depressed it seemed like she knew, and she would cuddled up with me or purr next to my belly. After my baby was born, she was very protective of him. Unfortunately, I left her with a horrible babysitter and she died. After two years I felt ready to have a kitten, but I will never forget how she was there through such a difficult period in my life, and I will always miss and love her for that.
- —Guest Beatrice
Dog vs Cat
- I work at a trauma center where we receive burn, spinal and stroke patients. We use dogs in rehabilitation department but I would be interested to see the benefits of cats. I understand the hospital rules, the cat would have to be declawed, any accidental scratches could be disastrous for some of our patients. There also a higher case of patients allergic to cats than dogs, which is unfortunate. I currently own two cats and have owned five in the past and believe their therapeutic advantages would be highly beneficial.
- I was recovering from clinical depression. I would have bouts of depression on the road to recovery. A friend decided a pet, a kitten would help. He was named Corky. During my bouts of depression, I would isolate myself in my room, and only Corky was with me. In those depths of despair, Corky was my "unconditional love" therapy. I had him for 14 years and I still miss him, to the point of crying.
My Therapy Kitty, Caramel
- I was in a very bad vehicle accident back in August of 2009. The only injuries suffered were 2 crushed tibias. Spent 1 month in hospital and another 3 in convalescent care. My mom picked up a free kitten for me as a therapy cat because I have also been very depressed due to the accident. Caramel is her name and she is the best. Even though she doesn't like to snuggle, she does like to be held first thing in the morning. My family calls her Psycho cause she does crazy things- like run around the house as if a big dog is chasing her, She loves to lay in boxes and even plays "fetch". She makes me laugh and smile and forget about my depression. I am so thankful that my mom got her for me. I love that kitten so much.
Theraputic/friendship benifit of my cat
- I have a mental health challange also cronic severe pain/terminal illness, I rescued my Sunshine 10 years ago, and she has rescued me many times, she is so in tune and is allways there to protect/love/ nuture/heal and guide me along my journey in life, she also she is the worlds greatest teacher, very gentle but wise,Sunshine is so full of love,it makes my journey worthwhile in every way.
- —Guest chris mufford