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Felinotherapy, also known as cat therapy, is a method of zooterapy that involves utilizing contact with a cat to improve the physical and mental health of the person undergoing therapy. Interactions with a cat have a positive impact on well-being, reducing stress and improving communication, concentration, and the ability to express emotions.
Statistical research has shown that individuals who have a cat as a pet have a longer average lifespan and a lower risk of heart attack. Cat purring emits low tones, called infrasounds, which lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, alleviate stress, and support the body's regeneration. These properties are utilized in cat therapy to help treat various diseases and disorders.
Cat therapy sessions can be conducted individually or in groups. Qualified felinotherapists and cats are present during the sessions. The format of the activities is individually tailored to the patient's needs and may include stroking, cuddling, playing, feeding, and holding the cat on one's lap. The presence of a cat helps reduce resistance and stress in therapeutic contact, and the cat becomes a topic of conversation and a mediator that helps individuals suffering from depression, autism, or other ailments to open up.
Felinotherapy can be applied to individuals of all ages, but its main recipients are individuals with disabilities, children, and the elderly. Cat therapy can prove effective in cases of hyperactivity, anxiety disorders, emotional disorders, autism, Down syndrome, shyness, mental illnesses, arthritis, hearing and vision impairments, muscular dystrophy, depression, and other conditions. Children with developmental disorders can particularly benefit from cat therapy, as the cat can serve as a bridge between the child's enclosed world and the outside world.