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Just yesterday I read a real life post on Facebook about a woman who suffered from severe depression and tried to kill herself. While she was in the hospital a nurse had asked her a question that resonated very deeply in her heart and ultimately made her change her decision.
The question was about this woman’s cats, what will they do after her death, who will take care of them and how they will never understand why one day she never came home.
For every cat owner, this scenario immediately evokes a wave of very strong emotions, especially a feeling that you want to protect that precious, gorgeous, little creature from the cruelty of this world and make everything possible to keep it away from suffering.
Just the thought of your cat being hurt, hungry, thirsty or God forbid something worse, can make your heart drop – even when you are in a very low and dark place in your life.
Like today I was feeling very low and anxious so when I came home my cat Puffy snuck out the door without me noticing it and unknowingly I locked her outside in the hall of our building. Feeling very distracted and distanced it took a good 5 minutes before I was able to register her meowing.
But the moment I realized what had happened! A true shock ran through my body and I literally felt sick just thinking of all the wrongs that could have happened.
She was so scared and we hugged and kissed, both relieved that we still had each other.
So from a state of depression, she made me feel so content that she is still by my side and everything is as it was before. Here she is basking in the sun and in her favorite afternoon nap place.
For many cat owners taking care of their cat is the only reason they feel a purpose for their existence in this world.
I feel that just as God knew humans will be physically cold in this world and provided them with animal fur after the fall, he knew that our soul can be just as cold and lonely, so he gave us the sweetest little comforts – our dear cats and dogs.
The most impressive true story I’ve read in my life about how much cats affect our lives and have saved humans is:
After you’ve read this book, which is pretty exciting and readable in a few hours, you will truly understand the impact of a cat on a human being. I am absolutely sure that cats have saved millions of lives throughout human history.
A Personal Experience From A Cat Owner
I live alone and my cat is the only living thing making me company. I honestly don’t know how I could live without the love of cats and dogs. My cat plays a big role in keeping my sanity.
- When the outside world gets too rough, and this can happen even on pleasurable activities like shopping, when the coldness of this world freezes my heart I remember my cat’s love, her warmth, her loving eyes and fluffy cuteness. I have often felt the urge to hurry up home and hug her.
- When I come from work she is always so happy to see me, and her need for me wipes out the cruelness of the day
- I have no kids and my cat gives me a reason to care for someone, she makes me feel needed and loved
- Sometimes when I start crying she sneaks in my lap and starts demanding affection. Her purr truly heals my soul
- Sleeping with my cat on my chest truly purges me inside and my soul feels lighter when I wake up
- Every morning I’m greeted with her love and tenderness, those gentle bites and licks and her beautiful green eyes. I once read somewhere that living with a cat is like living with a very romantic partner. I do agree, cats are such loving creatures.
- The way she always curls up next to me when she is not playing or eating, her little presence is such a comfort to me
- The way my cat makes me laugh – this one is truly priceless! The older I get the harder it is for me to genuinely laugh with other people. I think after a certain age kids are the most sincere source of laughter, but as I don’t have kids, my cat has taken that role upon herself. And cats and dogs are really on a toddler level of mentality so it is so refreshing to see their silliness and just laugh from the heart on the things they do.
What Do Other Cat Owners Think?
I’ve read all the comments on the mentioned facebook group to check how other cat owners feel about their cat helping with depression, anxiety or loneliness. Some answers even made me tear up. Let me select the ones I loved most:
- “My cat is my reason for living”
- “There are many guardian angels that just by chance have 4 paws and a tail”
- “I call mine therapy kitties”
- “Our fur babies are great healers for our minds, bodies and spirits”
- “Sometimes I think how easy it would be to let go. Then I think of my fur babies. Going to stick around for them. “
- “Some days, my pets are the reason I get out of bed in the morning.”
- “I went through a very dark time. I made it through that because of my cat”
- “My cats have saved my life over the years”
- “Animals can be the best therapy and can give you unconditional love and companionship”
- “I am firm believer that my animals save me as much as I save them”
I could go on and on but you can see just home many people have struggled and came out of a dark place because of their cat’s love. Sometimes a cat is the only thing that keeps people hanging on in this world!
The impact of cats on human lives is very deep, profound and life-changing and who has never felt the love of a cat is missing on one of the most beautiful things this world has to offer.