An added benefit to having a cat is the feeling of companionship, and how that friendship positively affects mental health. Having a cat can help people with feelings of loneliness and provide purpose. Having an animal react to you, rely on you, and love you in such a simple and pure way can elevate positive mental health. The relationship established with a pet is one that offers predictability, encouragement, and positivity, which can be a big help for many that may experience negativity within human relationships.
In the same way that friendships, family, and romantic relationships can prove to be positive (as long as they are healthy), animal relationships can also provide an abundance of mental health benefits. Whether a person suffers from mental health issues or not, having a relationship with an animal is rewarding. Knowing your furry little one is waiting for you at home can give purpose to one’s life and combat loneliness. And as long as you offer plenty of gentle petting and yummy treats your cat will reward you with head boops, purrs and lap naps. Human and cat are both happy.