Encounter with a cute Cat and Animal Assisted Therapy

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I have been learning to slow down significantly since last week. And I thank God that I am feeling better. Thanks for your prayers and encouragements!

I am learning to take breaks, relax and rest more. Not easy for me, but I am learning :-)

I have been going out for more walks recently and really felt a lot more healthier physically and mentally. I love outdoor and the sun. Fresh air and sunshine seems to lift up my moods too.

I am enjoying nature and God's creations in many wonderful ways again. And as usual, I enjoy taking my digital camera along to snap some photos.

This morning, I went for a walk. And guess who I met? This lovely cat!

I think it is a she-cat. She is a sweetie, isn't she? And she is so friendly :-) She wasn't afraid of me at all.

Obviously she is playful too :-) Look at the way she kindly posed for me ;-)

Personally, I love cats. My family used to own several cats when we were back in our hometown. My mum used to go to the market to buy fish, not for us, but for our cats :-)

Cats are very cute. They like to curl up besides you or climb on your lap or your bed, etc. The little ones are cuter. They jump all over!

I read on the internet that having or keeping animals can be therapeutic to some patients. There is a therapy called "Animal-Assisted Therapy" (AAT).

Wikipedia
said:

Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves an animal with specific characteristics becoming a fundamental part of a person's treatment. Animal-assisted therapy is designed to improve the physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning of the patient, as well as provide educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. AAT can be provided on an individual or group basis. During AAT, therapists document records and evaluate the participant's progress. Many kinds of animals are used in therapy, including dogs, cats, elephants, birds, dolphins, rabbits, lizards, and other small animals.

Here is a website that provides some simple information on The Layman's Guide to Animal Assisted Therapy with a Free copy of Pet Therapy in .pdf format that can be downloaded.

So it seems animal can be used in therapy to help some people. Having a pet can in some way be therapeutic to us.

What about you? Do you like animals? Do you have any pets? Have you found having a pet to be beneficial to you or helpful in some ways in your particular condition?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful day!











18 Kind thoughts:

Simone_T said...

I think your cute kitty is in deed a she-cat, because looking at that belly, she's going to have babies one of these days.

I love cats, but they don't love me. Teeheehee. You know, sometimes they either like you or they don't. Well, cats just don't like me. We (the children) have two cats, and they love the kids. I'm a dog person. I've been thinking about getting a big dog for myself. There's definitely truth in the fact that animals help with getting you better. Have a good day!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a cute kitty and such a little show off! I so believe pets are very beneficial. I would be lost without my Katie girl. Not that Jack and I spoil her! LOL!

marja said...

I have a cat, a ten-year-old tabby. He's keeping me good company now that my husband is away. Although he loves us, he doesn't trust other people and will attack if they're not careful. He has even been known to chase the mailman. We keep him locked inside when it's time for the mail to arrive.

Nancie said...

Simone,

I think you are right. The cute kitty's belly looks as if there are some babies inside :)

Dogs are wonderful companions too. I have many friends who own dogs. It will be nice if you can have a dog.

Have a good day too!

Nancie

Nancie said...

Michelle,

Your Katie girl is a sweetie! I can see that Jack and you love her very much. And she so loves both of you too.

I hope my other friends will visit your blog and see your sweet Katie girl. I love to see her photos. You have a way of snapping her when she is most cute :)

Take care!

Nancie

Nancie said...

Marja,

It's nice to know you own a cat. Good of you to have your cat for company when your husband is away.

Wow, I thought only dogs will chase the mailmen. I didn't know cat does that as well ;-)

Thanks for stopping by. Take care!

Nancie

Annie said...

Nancie, I enjoyed your post about the kitty. She is lovely and I know she will be therapeutic. I am a retired therapist and I worked with children. I had a floppy ear rabbit. He was so helpful and children learned to be brave and face their fears from him. Thank you for the wonderful post! Annie

P.J. said...

We had a dog, and I found him to cause more stress than anything else. Cleaning up after it was a chore that I did not enjoy and my life is much simpler and calm without him.
I am not a cat fan myself - mostly because I am allergic. They are cute and playful though! I can see how they would be therapeutic. I have a stuffed animal that I like to cuddle at nights and when things are rough. Lamby sleeps in my arms every night.

Tracy said...

What a beautiful cat! I love looking at them, but I'm allergic so I admire them from afar. This one seems so sweet! I definitely think there is something to the theraputic value of pets. Our precious Macy was such an encourager in our house...so loving and devoted, especially if she sensed that we were down or not feeling well. Sometimes, she could just crack us up with her antics. = )

Amazing too the therapeutic power of taking a walk, isn't it? Thanks for sharing this!

Blessings,
Tracy

Jena said...

Aww, glad to hear that you're having a good time slowing down. It's hard to get there but once you can slow down and enjoy the scenery and the smaller things in life, it's nice, isn't it? What a cute cat. Thank you for sharing your pics. :)

Melanie said...

Nancie, what a sweet looking little kitten!

Taking walks outdoors is one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind. I'm so glad that it is proving helpful to you also. It's a great time to focus on all that God has given us and spend some quiet time walking with Him.

Have a great day!

Nancie said...

Annie,

It's wonderful to know that you work with children and your rabbit has helped these little ones. Animals are surely therapeutic.

Thanks for stopping by! Take care.

Nancie

Nancie said...

PJ,

Sometimes having a real animal may be difficult due to various reasons. Personally, I do not own one now too. I am glad you have Lamby for company!

Animals are somehow such sweet companion whether they are real or stuffed animals. I have several stuffed animals that I love very much too.

Take care!

Nancie

Nancie said...

Tracy,

Cats are really sweeties. But many people are allergic to them. Glad you have your precious Macy.

So sweet to have precious Macy able to sense that you were down or not feeling well. How sensitive she can be!

Yes, taking walks are very therapeutic too! I love walking. It always helped me to unwind and relax, and enjoyed God's creations and be reminded afresh what a mighty and great God we are serving.

Thanks for visiting. Take care!

Nancie

Nancie said...

Jena,

Yes, it is really wonderful to be able to slow down and enjoy the scenery and the smaller things in life. I realize now that I was too preoccupied with many activities in the past to enjoy these.

Now I am thankful to God that through the recent experiences, I am beginning to appreciate God's creations and the people around me in many wonderful ways! Praise Him.

Take care!

Nancie

Nancie said...

Melanie,

Taking walks outdoors is also one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind. I need to remember to schedule more of such time. Maybe even to make it a part of my weekly routine :)

Yes, it is really wonderful to focus on all that God has given us and spend some quiet time walking with Him. Whenever I see the trees, birds, cats and various people, I am reminded of how God takes care of us and I find much peace in the remembrance of His daily care.

I am glad you also enjoyed walking. Have a great day too!

Nancie

Steven and Aisha said...

This cat is so cute. Those are really cool shots! You're good.

Nancie said...

Aisha,

Thanks. I enjoy photography and I love cats. They are really cute. Thanks for stopping by! Take care.

Nancie

 

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