THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2017 BUT WAS UPDATED ON 6/21/21
The truth is that all types of pets – cats included – make great partners and companions for everyone! When it comes to patients that have Alzheimer’s, they could benefit from having a pet.
Having A Pet
There’s no doubt that having a pet can be a therapeutic experience. The comfort, companionship, and joy that they provide us helps elevate our mood, relieve stress, and improve our health. In general, they make us feel better!
Because of these benefits, there is a lot that Alzheimer’s patients can gain from having a pet cat. They provide adequate therapy for you, helping your mood and giving you a companion.
Why A Cat?
Although dogs are known for being extremely cuddly and affectionate, there are a number of reasons why cats make for great partners for Alzheimer’s patients. Unlike dogs, cats are relatively independent. They don’t require nearly as much regular care, attention, and maintenance as other animals.
Instead, they largely manage themselves. You don’t need to take them for walks, which is good because it can be difficult to remember a regular schedule.
You also don’t have to take them out when they need to go to the bathroom either. This is ideal because you don’t have to worry about letting the dog out and forgetting to do so. With a cat, they don’t need to be let out for the bathroom. Instead, they go themselves in their litter box. Rather than needing regular scooping around the yard, you need to simply scoop your litter regularly.
This is much easier as it’s always in the same spot. If you get a clumping litter or something similar, you shouldn’t need to scoop that frequently either. This makes caring for the pet much simpler and manageable for a patient with Alzheimer’s.
More than this, cats also clean themselves regularly. This means you don’t need to give the cat a bath all the time and can take less effort to actually take care of your pet. They should stay clean themselves without you needing to do so.
Since cats are so easy to take care of and require much less attention than other pets, they make ideal pets for someone with Alzheimer’s. Not only are they simply easier to actually care for, requiring less work, but they also need less regular attention. This makes them a much more manageable pet for someone who will forget to take regular care of them and do all the things necessary.
Cat’s will largely take care of themselves – with a little help – while also giving people suffering from Alzheimer’s all the benefits of a cute, cuddly companion.
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