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  1. Such a sweet article and so true a about the benefits of pets to help alleviate depression an anxiety symptoms. I have personally experienced the positive effects of pets in my life but I have also seen the behavior health field open up to pet friendly rehabs and also service animals which are shown to be life changing. I hope we can keep spreading awareness and opening up more options for people to experience to recovery and love received from pets.

    October 15, 2017
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    • Brittany, Paul, and Yoda =^^= said:

      Hi Marissa, thanks for your kind comment and for sharing your experience !

      October 17, 2017
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  2. Jasmine said:

    This is absolutely true, I know it because the neighbours used to have a cat (which was an outdoor one) and it always helped with my depression & anxiety. But now they’ve moved away and since the cats been gone i’ve been feeling so so much more helpless, numb & depressed and I don’t know how to help myself. I’ve been asking for a cat for around 6 years now, I told my parents i’d pay for everything for the cat and take super good care of it, but they still constantly say no (just because they don’t like them) and recently I’ve been getting in trouble because i’m asking so frequently when I know the answer is no. I really, really need a cat here with me and I honestly don’t know what to do anymore and I’m feeling the need to self harm. I’m 14, so moving out isn’t an option and i just feel really lost right now. Any advice on what I can do? Thank you ❣️

    November 27, 2017
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    • Jasmine,
      Thanks so much for reaching out to us and sharing your story. First off, I completely know how you feel! I was the same way growing up and still am actually – Yoda has helped me in tremendous ways. Sometimes it’s hard to get our parents on the same page with us, but don’t give up. Maybe opening up communication and sharing your feelings to your parents about how a cat could help you, would help. If it’s a genuine, calm conversation, I can imagine your parents might be more considering of this. This can be hard, but don’t lose sight of joy and happiness in your life. Self harm should never be an option, as this will cause you even more harm both short and long-term. And it’s never worth it. Remember, our parents love us and care for us – even when their repetitive “no’s” can feel otherwise. I’ve been there! When you’re feeling down, you can always reach out to a parent, a trusted friend, or even some couple who write about cats on the internet 😉 hehe

      What I would recommend for you is to seek out volunteer options with the animal shelter in/near your town. There are lots of kitties who need love and attention in these shelters, and it would be really beneficial for you in many ways I think. I used to do this when I was about your age. I remember walking in maybe feeling a little anxious, and coming out feeling like I contributed to something bigger than myself and feeling like I left the animal shelter with a more positive, loving atmosphere than when I arrived. Doing this would also put into actions your words – meaning that your love for cats and need for their soothing company will be shown through your dedication to go volunteer just to have this connection. Your parents will see how much it means to you, and maybe this could open up new possibilities.

      If you have friends with cats, you can maybe ask to go over and spend sometime with your friends and their feline company. Don’t be nervous to ask a neighbor, a new one, if they have an indoor or outdoor cat you could look out for in the neighborhood and maybe spend some cuddle time with. More than not, striking up a conversation with a neighbor or friend, or a complete stranger even, leads to new doors, new ways of thinking, new possibilities and opportunities, and much more!

      In any case, do let us know what you decide to do, whether talking to your parents, volunteering or other. You can reach us by email: contactfluffykitty@gmail.com anytime you would like to talk or just need some advice, yeah? 🙂 Stay strong girl! <3

      November 27, 2017
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  3. Charlette A. P. Kealoha said:

    I’m bipolar and I thought maybe a cat can help me for the landlord said no to dogs but yes to a cat. Google search it and found this site which is so well informed that I was so well EDUCATED not only for cats but for anxiety and depression, fell much better. Aloha from Honolulu Hawaii

    April 3, 2018
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    • Aloha Charlette, thanks so much for sharing! We are so happy that our pawticle could offer you some help. So exciting that you will have a new furry companion soon! Kitties are the best. Yoda brings us so much joy 🙂

      Best of luck to you and please come back and visit anytime <3

      April 4, 2018
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  4. Shariah said:

    I just recently got a new cat, she’s the sweetest most amazing kitty! also my baby’s is having babies!! She’s pregnant and I can’t wait for the little kittens ❤️

    April 11, 2018
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  5. […] Cats can help you with your mild to moderate depression or anxiety is by giving and receiving unconditional love. It’s a love that you look forward to seeing every time you come home and that you miss very much when you’re away. Owning a cat will never let you slip into a deep, dark depression as your best friend will always be there with you. […]

    April 27, 2018
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