Halloween is just around the corner, which means plenty of haunted houses, trick-or-treating, and black cats. Not all cats, however, are as unlucky as black cats. On October 29, just a couple of days before Halloween, is National Cat Day. This is a day when cat lovers around the world profess their love of felines by adopting a cat from a local animal shelter.
Whether you are a dog person or a cat person, you cannot deny the love between a beloved pet and its owner. Though dogs are known for their skill as guide dogs for the disabled, bomb sniffers for the police and military, as well as loyal companions, cats offer many unique qualities that greatly improve the life of their owners. Studies show that cats can help lower blood pressure and release endorphins that have a calming effect on people. They also offer unconditional love, support, and companionship in their own unique way. This is why cats are often used in pet therapy for people with various health issues such as mental illness, cancer, PTSD, and alcohol or drug addiction.
In drug rehabilitation, pet therapy has many proven benefits. Though a cat may be a surprising choice as a therapy companion, studies show that they can help reduce stress and anxiety while boosting confidence and self-esteem. Addiction treatment can feel like a lonely, difficult place, but the calming presence of a beloved feline can dramatically change the experience of recovery.
If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, call us today at (888)507-1355 for more information. Our trained treatment specialists can help create an addiction treatment plan that is catered to your unique needs. Though not every treatment center allows pets to accompany their owners, we will help you find the perfect location for both you and your cat. We can also connect you with resources for more information on pet therapy. Remember, you are never alone in your fight against addiction!
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” -James Herriot