Has your cat or even dog any pet been good for your health?

Canada
September 6, 2010 11:15pm CST
Hello fellow mylotters, I found out a couple of years ago due to the events in my life I have depression as well as suffer from anxiety attacks....My cat CoCo has been ausome for me....I have troubles sleeping at night and when I bring him in for a snuggle and he purrs it so helps me to relax.... He even will meow at me if I'm up to late lol to go to bed....Also I've noticed just before or around the time I may be experiencing some anxiety he will hop on my lap and want affection I find it very soothing and he helps alot that if my breathing exerices aren't quite working he helps me calm down....I do have meds for it but they can become so addictive...
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@jersey86 (1348)
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
Yeah pets are your friends if you give care to them they will also care for you. They can understand and feel what you feel they are the one understand and feels you compared to the people around you.
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
I agree to that most definatly my cat CoCo means everything to me and my kids he is a member of our family...
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@Hatley (164154)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Sep 10
hi blueangelirs cats have an instinct when you are feeling down and they will come and snuggle against you. they really are the smartest little creatures if you just heed them. I have had a bad head ache and my pet cat would come and lie down on my chest and purr. the headache left quicker than the medication could work.,I relaxed just hearing her purr against my chest. I miss having a cat but I do not have the extra one hunbdred dollars they would tack onto my monthly rent.thats so sad as I love kitty kats. r eally.
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Oh me too Hatley my CoCo is my babyboy lol love him to pieces and I'm really struggling to find a safer house that will allow him would absolutly break my heart to let him go....
• Canada
7 Sep 10
I think that dogs are pretty good at sensing when their owners aren't feeling the greatest either. After I found out I was pregnant with my now 4 year old my dog just knew and stopped sleeping beside me on the bed. Feeling her kick must have freaked the dog out enough to know that their was something in there and to be careful! My shihtzu was always very careful with my belly too when I was pregnant with my now almost 11 month old!
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Yup I think both dogs and cats are very smart and good at sensing their owners...
@Cargoleta (723)
• Spain
7 Sep 10
I also think pets can really make a difference when you're not feeling well. I suffer from anxiety, and back when I still had my guinea pig (he unfortunately passed away 3 years ago, I still miss him so much...) and I was feeling depressed or about to have a panic attack, I would go sit in front of his cage, open the door, and he would jump on my lap and fall asleep while I was petting him and kissing his little head. It always made me feel better and more relaxed... so yes, I'd say having a pet can really work wonders for your health. Also, I hope that you feel better, CoCo sounds like he's a really lovely cat :)
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• Canada
8 Sep 10
Awww thanks for sharing your story and I'm so sorry for your loss....Yes I'm doing really good CoCo has been really good to me and so have my kids....I'm still experiencing some stress but it's slowly getting betters smiles
• Spain
8 Sep 10
I'm glad to hear that, then :)
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• Canada
8 Sep 10
Thanks smiles
• Canada
7 Sep 10
I really think that having a dog has really helped my health! When I first moved back to Sask I got a 1/2 dalmatian and 1/2 blue healer from the local SPCA and he was so awesome! I have bi-polar and he was so great for me. He was good company as I lived alone, and he always made me feel like I wasn't alone! But unfortunately once I started having kids he got jealous and snapped at my oldest when she was a baby. So I put an add online, and he went to go live on a farm with a family that had older kids and he seemed to adapt quite well. The shihtzu that we have now is really great! She is awesome with both girls and she is so lovable.
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
I met both dogs and I loved them to pieces too....Used to love when they came for coffee too lol....I would of course spoil them with treats....I think that is why having a pet is so important can be so important to a person is because with health and isses they give unconditional love and affection when you show it to them...That is ausome that your now dog is ausome with the girls smiles...
• Canada
7 Sep 10
I was getting a little bit nervous because Chloe is 11 months and getting around and she went right up to Katie and grabbed her tail. Katie just looked at her like do you mind I'm trying to sleep and she closed her eyes and sent back to sleep and just ignored her. Katie and Angelina are still the best of friends and have been since Angelina turned 2. Angelina plays fetch with her, gives her her treats, puts her leash on her and opens the door for her when she needs to go outside or for a walk, and she loves her to pieces.
• Canada
7 Sep 10
That is great.....At least you know Katie can be trusted with the girls.....Not many dogs are that tolerant of little ones but that wonderful to hear...
@rosegardens (3040)
• United States
7 Sep 10
Animals can be so comforting and they know when you need affection the most. Exercise can also help with anxiety and depression. It doesn't have to be a lot, even a short, brisk walk will do. Of course, if you can do more than that, then do it. It is proven by science to release endorphins and the endorphins make you happy. For anxiety attacks, try some potassium. I used to have them constantly and by a fluke I discovered the potassium pretty much halted the anxiety attacks I was having. Potassium affects the muscles, and if you don't get enough, it seems like you are having a panic attack. The heart begins to race, muscles tighten and ache, especially your thighs. You feel like you can't catch your breath because the muscle in the breathing area are contracting. Walk up and down stairs several times and if your thighs ache it is a good indicator of potassium deficiency. If you have no stairs, then run around your block a few times. I hope you feel better, and most of all I hope the drama that caused you to be so anxious ceases in your life, and God surrounds you with good, loving and caring people.
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Thanks I never thought of potassium but I also am a smoker and coffee drinker so I kind of bring them on myself....I do go for walks and that helps....Yes i have been surrounding my self with people who care about me and love me thanks for your response...
• Spain
7 Sep 10
I've been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for a few years (even though now I'm feeling much better and I don't get them that much anymore), and I had no idea that potassium helped so much... so thanks a lot for the information! :)
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9 Sep 10
My cockatiel has helped me survive for two years now. I had depression and I still suffer from anxiety attacks but he has definately helped. Animals can be so affectionate and if there aren't human friends we have our animal friends and they're always there for us :)
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• Canada
9 Sep 10
Oh for sure....My cat has been really a good family member in our lives...Thanks for your response happymylotting
@dawnald (84235)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Sep 10
Holding a purring cat can be very soothing. And feeling the unconditional love of an animal is great for your peace of mind, lowers your stress, is good for you in many ways...
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• Canada
9 Sep 10
Absolutly when my cat purrs it's very relaxing indeed....
@gabs8513 (48708)
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 10
That is what People do not see in our Pets It is like Gissi has woke me up a few times because I was not breathing while sleeping so he would wake me These little Darlings have more sense and instinct then any Human will ever have
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• Canada
8 Sep 10
I agree Sweety, pets are amazing and have amazing instincts you have been on my mind how is Gissi feeling and you?
@GardenGerty (130434)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I cannot give you specifics, but we have always had pets. They are therapeutic, and give warmth and caring all free of charge, or addiction and side effects. When my sister was ill with cancer, we discovered "cats bring naps". If you need to sleep they crawl up on your chest or lap and their breathing calms you and you sleep. I am not surprised that CoCo is good for you.
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• Canada
8 Sep 10
Yes I have problems relaxing when I fall to sleep and he relaxes me pets are amazing...
@julsie (70)
7 Sep 10
i find that my cats are very good for me they calm when i am angry and soothe me when i dont feel good, humour me when i am down.
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• Canada
8 Sep 10
Yes My cat is very calming to me also it's a nice feeling...
• Philippines
7 Sep 10
i have a dog named yzza, she's a labrador and she's like one of my kids, i bathe her and feed her, when im out, she waits at the gate til im back home and guides me to the door. So even if im tired from work, seeing her waiting for me at the gate makes me smile, really a stress reliever. she's not just a pet for me but a member of the family. :)
• Canada
8 Sep 10
Yes that is how I feel about my CoCo too he is not just a family pet he is a member of our family...Thanks for your response.
@hotsummer (10809)
• Guam
7 Sep 10
cats, dogs, rabbit, i have that in my house they are so cute, when i going home coming out from work the dogs came running towards me, their tail wiggling i feel so comfortable and happy and less stress too, i know my pets feel that too because they know that you are there carer. my rabbit pot pot is always jumping when he knows that im coming from him and i have to feed him,, when i look at him feeding with his vegetables i feel he is so very happy because i was the one who gave his food, you know our pets, dogs, cats feel that we love them so that they are treating us a family too. i know this animals are like us emotionally, so don't treat them badly, as if, treat them like a members of the family...
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Yes I'm a believer that a pet is a part of the family....I feel as my kitty CoCo is a member of my family...Thanks for your response HappyMylotting...
@cher913 (25855)
• Canada
7 Sep 10
i think pets are really good for your health. this is why they send dogs and sometimes cats into nursing homes. it is called pet therapy.
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
I've seen a program about a cat going into a nursing home and dogs too...Thanks for sharing HappyMylotting...
• India
7 Sep 10
yes..i m studying B.tech in mechanical engineering and due to challenging demands of the discipline i sometimes go into depression.but my pet dog TIGER gives me a lot of relaxation and relieves stress.when i come to home from college he jumps at me and wags tail rigorously as if we are meeting after years..i love him very much
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Awwww that is wonderful.....When I'm gone too my cat will greet me at door and it's a wonderful feeling thanks so much for sharing your story...
• India
7 Sep 10
Pets are great and of much value in life. i was at my home town in winters where its very cold so people light up coal there. unknowingly i was sitting in a closed room with the 'angithi' lightup coal basket which emittes carbon mono oxide. after my dinner i was goin off to sleep but my dog was asking me to take him for a walk which i did not feel like. but he constantly forced me, so finally with my brother we went out and in sumtym i fainted and vomited outside. Doctor came and told that this was because of the coal which should not b burnt in a closed room.and he even said had I not gone out in fresh air and slept it wud have been very dangerous to my life. so I really thank my Dog for saving my life. love you Hugo.... :)
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Oh wow thanks for sharing your story....That is wonderful and I've heard of dogs doing that they have saved their owners....Glad that you are still here and welcome to Mylot...HappyMylotting...
@AmbiePam (57389)
• United States
7 Sep 10
I know there has been so much research into the benefits of having pets. So how anyone can deny that is beyond me. People might dismiss that as silly, but you and I can testify that it is true. Sherlock, my dog, gives me peace sometimes when I feel my heart is really hectic. I know that will only make sense to people who have experienced that (the heart being hectic). I can tell a difference in how I am when I did not have a pet, and when I do. They are definitely good for our health.
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
Yes I so agree AmbiePam when I was going through alot in my life and it led to one thing after another then all my health problems on top I don't know if I would of gotton through it without CoCo....He helps me to relax and is very good for me when I'm anxious...
• United States
7 Sep 10
My cat, Murderface, has been a really big part in helping me manage my stress. My boyfriend and I have been moving around a lot over the past couple of months and that kind of movement puts a lot of stress and pressure on me. But somehow my kitty has really taken away lots of stress. He's really low maintainence and the sweetest puffiest thing I've ever had. When I'm sad, he'll rub his face on my face like he's trying to dry tears. When I'm happy, he's just as energetic as me and he purrs and purrs. I don't know what I'd do without him. :3
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• Canada
7 Sep 10
That is wonderful and thanks so much for sharing with me....Yes My CoCo is the same way whenever I need him I call his name and he comes running and when I'm sad he cuddles with me to try and help me feel better....HappyMylotting....