Combat Depression with Cats

An article from the NY TIMES dated August 13, 2015 titled "How a Kitten Eased My Partner’s Depression" caught my eye as I was catching up on my reading.

Read the story in completion here at NYTIMES LINK and form your own opinion.  I'd like to hear what you think, here is mine:

The only reason I'm troubled by this is that I got Moshe Moshi from a similar situation.  Well meaning friends and family purchased him for a sick friend in the hopes that having the pet he'd always wanted would get him excited about life.  Though I can say having Moshe Moshi as well as any of my cats changed me for the better and helps me when I'm felling blue, it didn't work out as well for Moshe Moshi in his former home.  His previous owner loved him, but his depression kept him from caring for Moshe Moshi properly which made him (his owner) more ill.  The  writer was there to jump in if it didn't go well, but would they have kept the kitten/cat if it didn't improve her partner's mood?  It's shaky ground in which to take on that responsibility of a pet.  Though I believe all pet ownership is vanity (including mine), along with just wanting a pet you have to equally think about the animal's welfare.



In the end, the Moshi Monster is well cared for and in his forever home.  I hope I can say the same about this cat or anyone who would consider this as a good idea.

4 comments:

  1. we know studies show pets help people....but we aren't so sure about getting a pet and "hoping" to find a cure. there needs to be a lot of support and making sure the person and the pet receive the care they need.

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    1. I love my naked boy, but the circumstance of how I got him...I cringe sometimes to think what would have happened to him if I wasn't available to take him like I did (it was only suppose to to temporary and none of his family was willing at the time when I explained his upkeep which I don't fault them for). I guess it was just fate. I'd kinda not like to rest a pet's future on fate.

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  2. I would never get anyone a pet. I would offer to pay the shelter fee if someone wanted one, but that person would have to choose their own. And any good shelter or rescue wouldn't allow someone to adopt for someone else. I do think a pet can help depression though.

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    1. Luckily, I contacted Moshe Moshi's breeder and worked it out with her to keep him. Reputable breeder have an contract that states that cats be returned if the owner could no longer care for it. Many people buy pets as presents and whether breeder or shelter I think it's a bad idea. They meant well, but didn't think it out fully

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