Saturday 3 December 2016

How pets can help children cope with tough times

Published 14/05/2015 | 02:30

A new study has shown that cats and dogs are the top confidantes of young children, because they believe that pets will be the least judgemental about their secrets
A new study has shown that cats and dogs are the top confidantes of young children, because they believe that pets will be the least judgemental about their secrets

Shortly after my father's sudden death last week, I found my young daughter solemnly telling our family cat the awful news.

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She hadn't said much when I'd told her about her granddad and so I was relieved to hear her talking to the cat. I knew she was finding comfort and solace in sharing the sad news with her furry friend. It reminded me of all those years ago, when my grandfather died and I had taken my cat to my bedroom for a cry. For some reason, I felt the cat understood and empathised.

It seems I am not completely delusional to think that animals can be true friends in times of sorrow.

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