Cat therapy refers to pet therapy where well trained and licensed cats are engaged as co‐therapists, with the role of ‘emotional mediator’ and ‘catalyst’ of a social process. It plays an important role in psychological, educational and physical rehabilitation. The effectiveness and efficiency of cat/pet therapy in improving depressive symptoms and cognitive function in residents of long‐term care facilities with mental illness is well approved by numerous studies as well as by my personal experiences. Cat/pet therapy was introduced as a part of the holistic care when I was working as a nurse on the ward. I do see my patients appear much brighter and outgoing after petting those lovely little creatures. Cats do help to fight against depression, anxiety and other negative emotions, and improve the status of mental health. Love cats, and be loved.
Participant of the X International Eco-Poster Triennial “The 4th Block” (Exhibition, Ukraine)