Though so many of us share our lives with them, cats are notoriously underrepresented in the literature on human-animal interaction. This gap in the research is especially notable in the world of animal-assisted interventions (AAI) where only a few existing studies mention cats as therapy animals.
Thanks to the generous support of Cat Person, this gap in our appreciation of the cat-human bond is being addressed. By funding the most comprehensive study ever to take place on therapy cats, we’ve uncovered many complex truths:
- Pet cats are protective in aiding mental health and well-being of their owners.
- There are many misconceptions and inappropriate stereotypes about the feline species and what it means to be a “cat person.”
- Sharing in volunteer activities such as AAI has been found to strengthen the relationship between a person and their cat.
- Therapy cat teams make a huge impact on the people with whom they visit.
- There is a significant need for more therapy cat teams.
Take a deeper look at the findings of this mixed methods research project by downloading the project white paper today.