Many elderly people are lonely because they have lost touch with their families. Even, a life in a nursing home can present adjustment difficulties. Many have lost a partner, family and friends, writes Raising Whiskers, a specialized feline website.
A dozen reasons why cats and the elderly become friends.
- Cats make excellent companions to help the elderly overcome loneliness.
- Cats are gentle and affectionate. Elderly people need love and affection from an animal that in turn needs them.
- Cats are a substitute for suppressed emotions, like fear, worry, lost love.
- Cats are often less demanding than dogs and do not require constant care.
- Cats help elderly people to regain their self esteem, given them a sense of personal responsibility.
- Cats possess a lot of unconditional love, loyalty and affection for the elderly, who want to invest their efforts in an animal friend.
- Eventually, cats and the elderly forge a bond with each other, promoting a feeling of well being.
- Older people can also come in contact with other cat owners, creating a network system for friendships.
- Cats are warm. laidback and friendly. They enjoy being caressed, purr when petted. Their luxuriant fur gives warmth to elderly people.
- Cats are loyal companions that contribute to a longer and healthier life.
- Elderly people lead more active lives when caring for pets and suffer less from low blood.
- Proper cleaning, feeding and training of cats by the elderly, even if performed for a few minutes, strengthen the cardiovascular system and the limbs. The sense of responsibility give older people more self-esteem.
Nursing homes where the elderly were talking care of small animals - rabbits, cats and birds - have a lower mortality rate.