Yesterday, we talked about how kids help cats. Here’s an article focused on how cats can help children with anxiety and depression. And this piece is written by a teen. Angie Bailey has written other articles related to children and cats. So how does Angie believe that cats can help troubled kids? Here are a few of the ways they can bring comfort: they invite and encourage touch, they can be a distraction for an overloaded or disoriented mind, and they provide friendship without judgment. I think you’ll enjoy reading Angie’s article. http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-cats-therapy-anxiety-depression-in-kids-children
Cats are known to help children with autism come out of their shell. Here’s more on that. http://www.medicaldaily.com/children-autism-can-become-more-social-cat-their-side-343684
Any child can be impacted by having a cat in their life. I’ve written articles on the benefits of children growing up in a home with pets. I always stressed, however, that it’s up to the parents to teach and guide their children so that no child or pet is harmed. There are positive methods of teaching children responsibility and compassion through pet ownership.
In Book six of the Klepto Cat Mystery series, Celebrity Cat Caper, Rags becomes a reading therapy cat. Sure, I write fiction, but the fact is that cats are used as therapy cats in a variety of ways—to help slow or weak readers is just one of them.