My Cat Is Positive Companionship and Helps My Mental Health

October 20, 2021 TJ DeSalvo

This is not the first time I’ve talked about my cat affecting my mental health on this blog, and it will not be the last. I’ve struggled with writer's block as of late, but writing about my cat is very easy because he makes me feel happy, and I feel that there’s so much I can talk about regarding him. He is probably the thing that helps me the most when I am feeling down because he is always there for me.

How My Cat Helps My Mental Health

One of the things I like the best about having a cat is he is always happy to see me and be around me. Whenever I return from being away for an extended period of time, he is always at the door, meowing and acting excited about me being home. And even when I’ve been home all day just hanging out on my couch, he sits on the side of the couch, sleeps, and lets me pet him.

I know that he doesn’t think about it in these terms, but he is always such a positive force to be around. That really helps me – something I’ve realized is that if you are mentally ill, being around people who are overly negative is not ideal. This is much like how people who have a drinking problem shouldn’t hang out with people who drink to excess; mentally ill people should try to be around people who are positive so as to not get them in an overly negative headspace. This is not an issue with my cat, as whatever happens, he always seems grateful that I am around.

Get a Pet for Your Mental Health

As someone who has had my cat for about three and a half years, I cannot recommend it enough for anyone who is anxious or has any other kind of mental illness. It is a tradeoff, in a sense, since having to take care of another living thing is, by its very nature, an anxiety-provoking process. Even so, the companionship you gain from having an animal with you is absolutely worth it.

You’ll always have someone to play with. You have someone to talk to even when nobody else is around. You have someone to pet and snuggle with when you’re feeling down. All of these things are such powerful anchors in my life that it’s hard to describe how important they are. Knowing that, whatever happens, I’ll come home to an animal who will always be happy that I’m there is such a positive feeling.

APA Reference
DeSalvo, T. (2021, October 20). My Cat Is Positive Companionship and Helps My Mental Health, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 19 from

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Tammy Puckett
November, 14 2021 at 10:59 am

I too, cherish my fur kids (2 cats, mother and son) I absolutely cannot and don't want to imagine life without them!!!
I've struggled with severe depression and borderline personality disorder my entire life, and I just turned 53!!!

Diane S.
November, 3 2021 at 10:28 am

Thank you for your sharing your feelings and experiences. I also have a cat (actually, 2) they are so good for me. Take care and keep on cuddling!

Lizanne Corbit
October, 26 2021 at 6:35 pm

This is such a beautiful read and a testament to the power of animals! How true it is. Animals can provide immense comfort, companionship, and relief. Sometimes, it's actually the act of caring for another that can be so beneficial (even if we worry it will be anxiety-inducing). If you are in a space to responsibly care for an animal, they make a wonderful addition. So glad you found your special counterpart.

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