Pets arrest mental decline in single, over-50s (infographic).

Study finds that for the over-50s living alone living with a pet might completely compensate for the lack of a human network and slow mental decline

This is another study which strongly supports the now accepted view that cat and/or dog companionship can compensate for the lack of a human network in single, over-50 people, living alone which is associated with a more rapid mental decline. I have presented the findings of this Chinese study in an infographic for succinctness. …

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Elderly people should live with a cat or dog

Elderly couple walk with their dog in a park and help to maintain their cognitive function as a consequence

Elderly people should live with a cat or dog because there is firm evidence in studies that doing so slows natural cognitive decline and keeps you physically healthier. There’s a link between the two. There are lots of studies on how elderly people can benefit from cat and/or dog ownership. In this post I …

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For humans and cats touching is very important

Cat wants to touch their caregiver

I’m going to refer to a study which starts off with the words, “Receiving touch is of critical importance”. The words at the end of the study are as follows: “In conclusion, we show clear evidence that such interventions are beneficial across a large number of both physical and mental health outcomes”. This applies …

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Vintage cats for vintage humans, everything paid for after adopting

A happy senior lady with her new feline adoption from Forgotten Felines

Well, this is a remarkable cat charity rehoming program from America provided by Forgotten Felines of Corbin, Kentucky. It is a program designed to encourage the adoption of elderly cats and the shelter believes that ‘vintage felines’ are a good match with ‘vintage humans’! Elderly men and women are the target and because a …

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Daughter gave a cat to her dying dad with dementia

Dying man with dementia comforted by the presence of a cat

The story, presented in the form of an infographic, is instructive. It tells us that when we can’t give a dying relative with dementia a present because they won’t understand what it’s for, they will instinctively respond to the presence of a cat or dog. Dementia or not, it seems that humans respond positively …

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Companion animals keep older human owners mentally sharper for longer?

Providing for your cat when you are gone

A University of Michigan Medical Center study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, and which is as yet unpublished online, found increased cognitive powers in companion animal caregivers over the age of 65 compared with those who did not live with a companion animal. A reminder that cats reduce …

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Reason why robotic cats and dogs are so successful with the right person

Muffie the robotic dog and Margie her owner

Realistic, high quality robotic cats and dogs have been around for quite a long time now. It’s interesting that you could claim that robotic cats and dogs are better than the real thing with the right person. I don’t know of any research on the subject so I’m going to think aloud while writing …

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The anxiety of Covid times and how cats can help

Cat loves man

Until today, I had no sense of the anxiety that many people feel at the moment because of these difficult times. It is the uncertainty of the future which can cause anxiety in normally calm people and which exacerbates anxiety to dangerous levels in people who already suffer from this condition. Being retired, the …

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