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Domestic cat substitutes anti-anxiety medication — 6 Comments

  1. Definitely choose the cat over the meds.

    Benzodiazepines damage your central nervous system over time in the same way Cipro damaged mine (although that happened quickly.) The withdrawal from Benzo’s (popular anti-anxiety meds) is horrific. People online say it is worse than withdrawing from many illegal drugs and most other legal ones. I’d agree, having been through it, though I never took a Benzo. I seem to be getting better, but my psychological symptoms and insomnia were absolutely horrific.

    If you are on anti-anxiety meds and would like to try cat therapy instead you need a doctor’s help to get off those meds. Trying to quit cold turkey with a severely damaged nervous system could be fatal. Seizures or convulsions are possible and psychosis as well. It’s not a matter of a psychological addiction or needing the drug as a crutch, the drugs actually damage you.

    The sad thing is there are things like Rhodiola Rosea that are very effective for anxiety and do no harm, but doctors don’t even try natural remedies and most would poo-poo the idea of a cat being able to provide real therapy. But then, they probably can’t make as much money from cat therapy or prescribing herbs.

    There is a company out there (I think they’re called Neuroscience) that has actually developed testing for neurotransmitter levels and then provides nutritional support (basically supplements and a few herbs) to improve levels where necessary. I take their CalmPRT since being floxed and it works, but I didn’t do the testing. My doctor told me that their products are very helpful for people who managed to quit drugs like heroin and cocaine, because doing those drugs mess up your neurotransmitter a big time.

    I think humans are too quick to fix every problem with a drug (legal or illegal) and we end up being hurt by that in ways that make our original problems look like nothing. It’s so much better to cope through enjoying nature and spending time with our animal companions.

    • In the UK there is widespread over prescription of mood enhancing drugs and antibiotics by GPs. We all know it and it is accepted. No one has discussed having a cat as an alternative. Walking for 30 mins to an hour every day is as good as drugs in many cases. It seems humans are addicted to instant fixes as much as they are to drugs and the easy route to “happiness”.

  2. MY SISTER HAD TWO THERAPY CATS HER DOCTOR ORDERED.SHE LIVED IN A PLACE THAT SAID NO CATS ,BUT SHE GOT TO HAVE TWO.I DONT HAVE DOCTORS ORDERS BUT I AM SURE MY KITTIES ARE ARE THERAPY FOR ME.

    • Exactly Therapy Cats are wonderful. I Guess it depends how Bad the Anxiety is for her. I guess have to make sure the Cat is well Cared for. Well looked after. I dont think pet therapy is enough,For some. It just depends what kind she has got. I think its a great idea. My Cats sure Help me just by touching their Fur. I surely Prob wouldn’t Be as happy without them. Like the saying goes Keep Calm and Hug a Cat xx

      • Exactly Therapy Cats and Dogs are Very beneficial. Especially when other Things havent worked. I know alot of some Kids/adults with Autism having some form of Pet really helps. Like a Calming affect.

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