My cats are so wonderful, I never really realized how much they help me with some of my symptoms. Sometimes I get really agitated when I’m having auditory hallucinations, I end up pacing obsessively. I noticed that one of my cats gets really upset when I do that, she doesn’t like it at all, she knows somethings wrong with me. She’s literally pulled me back to reality at times and I would make myself sit down and try to calm down instead of working myself up even more. Of course, both of them are wonderful, they know when I’m upset or anxious. They always make me smile and are so relaxing when they’re laying down with/on me. They’ve got such unique personalities, they’re definitely family!
I had times in the past where I would be very depressed and having serious thoughts of suicide, but I wouldn’t act on it because I would miss them and I didn’t want them to go through not having someone to take care of them and ending up in a shelter, I would never want them to be abandoned like that. It’s really true that pets are great for reducing anxiety, they provide unconditional love and are so wonderful.
These are my two girls, the orange one is Annie, she’s 6 years old. She was a rescue I got when she was a kitten.
The greyish one is named Kitten, she’s 10 years old and I got her from a friend when she was 4 years old, the friend of mine was moving and couldn’t bring Kitten with her so she let me have her. 🙂