What do you think of a pet (dog or cat) for a client with depression or other psychological problems?
What is the effect of a pet for emotional support and self-care? Can a pet be a treatment method?
Many clients say that taking care of a pet is one of the best methods of emotional support and stress relief. It helps you get activated and may force you to take some exercise (walking the dog) on a regular schedule. Talking about pets and pet care can be a good start if you want to communicate with other people. Many clients with eating disorder or a personality disorder love a pet because it can be a source of unconditional love and companionship.
Having a pet is not possible, or a good choice, for everybody. Allergies, other medical reasons or lack of money might exclude this option for you. You also have to consider a long-term responsibility for the animal. It must not be a substitute for human beings and s and must not be used as as the object of personal frustration and aggression.
If you do not want (or are not allowed) to have a pet you might think about watching animals in nature, reading about animals or watching a film on TV...