Hi, I'm doing some research into the benefits of owning cats (well, cats owning us...) and I wanted to share my experience and see if anyone else has had significant positive mental health benefits from their furry housemates? I have 2 beautiful adult female cats who are 8 and 3 years old. They only met about a year and a half ago and it was during one of the toughest times in my life. My mental health was extremely bad, my negative thoughts were out of control and I had just moved into a new house by myself. I loved them more than I loved myself and, even though I didn't want to leave the house or speak to anyone or even be alive, I wanted them to be happy and healthy. My road to recovery started with going to the shop and getting them food. Having that fresh air and exercise was so beneficial! Then I needed to pay my bills so I could keep providing them with food and a warm safe place to live. One day at a time, I took small steps that ultimately took me from being unemployed and severely depressed, to being self-employed and an Emotional Resilience Coach. And I am so grateful for them every single day. Does anyone else have any examples of how their cat has helped them with their mental health?