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Fe-line miserable this Valentine's Day?

29 January 2017
Fe-line miserable this Valentine

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Cats Protection is appealing for Northern Ireland residents to visit its Belfast Adoption Centre to look for their purr-fect partner and banish those Valentine’s blues.


According to the charity, research has shown that owning a cat can have a positive effect on those feeling downhearted, miserable and tense at this time of year.


Psychologist Dr June McNicholas, who conducted the survey, explained: “Pets can provide many of the functions of supportive human relationships, acting as valuable providers of social support during times of anxiety or stress.” 


The research was carried out over five years and explored the psychological stress suffered by cat owners and non-cat owners during January and February. Feelings of being miserable and downhearted were 28 per cent greater in non-cat owners while feeling tense or unable to relax was 34 per cent greater in non-cat owners.


Belfast Adoption Centre Manager Bel Livingstone added: “There are many reasons why cats can help. They are not judgemental and they have modest needs which can provide owners with a sense of purpose and they are also great fun to play or interact with.”


“If you want to bring some love into your life and do something really special this Valentine’s Day, please consider offering a cat a loving new home,” said Bel. “The Belfast Adoption Centre is bound to have your perfect feline companion so please contact us on 028 9048 0202 or belfast@cats.org.uk".