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Are cats furry little therapists in disguise?

by on October 12, 2012 · 12 comments

This handsome fellow is Trent – which is technically my neighbours cat but we have adopted him after his owner got a dog which made Trent a little bent out of shape. Trent has been my constant companion over the last few weeks while I’ve been going through a very difficult time. He doesn’t say much, a few meows here and there and he’s not super affectionate but he has sat with me and kept me company.

He’s listened to all my problems, let me mush and cuddle him when I need some love and all he asks in return are a few pouches of Whiskas and some posh cat biscuits. I’ve never had a cat before, and my beloved dog Spooky used to lick my tears when I was upset. Cats deal with trauma in a slightly different manner but it’s just as affective. I could sit and watch him for hours while he washes his face with his paws, it make me feel like we are kindred spirits. His quiet, non-judgemental calming manner has been a godsend and has enabled my brain to start working properly again.

Mankind may be able to create medicines but animals are truly magical!


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    jenny October 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Cats are the best therapists around. Many a time have I found myself using my cat as a pillow, and crying into her fur. They’re great listeners indeed, not so much when they’re jumping on your pillow at 5am though! x

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Jenny! Well Trent is an older boy so he doesn’t jump around me in the early hours but I’m glad you are able to cry into your kitty’s fur – that must be so comforting! xoxo

    ReplyMel October 13, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Aw, I loved this post. Pets really are the best therapy in times of need aren’t they – they just listen and don’t judge or tell you you’re in the wrong, ha. They are also amazing when you are feeling lonely – I moved faaaar away from home with the hubby and was so lonely as we worked completely opposite hours and I didn’t speak the language etc, but we got a dog to keep me company and then I also found a little kitten abandoned on the street, so they he came to live with me too. They really did make all the difference, bless them!
    I hope your rubbishy/difficult time is on it’s way out and that there are good things coming your way
    Mel xx

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for your comment Mel, my life is starting to turn around. I got some good news last week which should carry me into the new year!

    Must be difficult to move and not know the language. Moving to the UK from the US is bad enough, both countries speak English but very different versions! I think the one thing that I’ve missing after living here for 16 years a furry little companion to tell all my woes too. The best thing about animals is they just listen and let you figure out the solutions. All Trent has to do is put up with my mushing on him all the time!

    ReplySuzanne Jones October 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Being owned by cats, I agree wholeheartedly that they are therapists in disguise. I wouldn’t say that they are not judgemental though, you should see the face when I accidentally tread on a tail!

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Trent has some pretty good dirty looks too but only when I kiss him too much, not when I’ve been in bed all day without showering….. I think!

    ReplyMadam M October 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I could not agree more. I had a childhood cat named miao miao. She was my best friend. I would sit for hours & just blab on about my fears, upsets & whatever was on my mind. It was almost like she had a 6th sense on when i was upset as she would just come sit next to me, as if to say “ok doll, spill”. I had her for 14 years. As an adult i sometimes still wish she was here to vent on. (oh god I’m getting teary) I really miss her.
    I’ve tried it with my dogs but its just not the same. My oldest dog just falls asleep & my youngest dog just wants me to snuggle her.
    I guess dogs & cats are very very different in tho respect, oh & ever other also.
    I think i would be lost without a pet in my life.

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Yes cats and dogs are very different when it comes to therapy. My childhood dog Spooky used to lick my tears when I’d cry and try to make me happy. Where as Trent just listen and tries calm me down with purring.

    Either way a world without animals is a sad world indeed! xoxo

    ReplySarah October 19, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Cats are very clever – mine has been the same where I’ve been really upset recently and he’s just stayed with me, not wanted any attention just kept me company. The dog has been the same as well oddly enough!

    Hope you’re okay – sending lots of love and hugs your way xxx

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks Sarah, I finally turning a corner the last 6 weeks have been horrible but with the help of my hubby and Trent the world is looking better. xoxo

    ReplySuzanne October 20, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Totally understand this. My Franklin has a talent for coming and sitting on me when I’m mopey and sad. And catwatching is the most pleasant of distracting pastimes. Pets make everything better.

    ReplyOctober 27, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Yes Jamie doesn’t understand how I can watch Trent for hours but cats are mesmerising! All the funny little noises they make, the random cleaning, the stretching of paws…..