Therapy cats are particularly useful to patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The positive interaction between the cat and the patient stimulates memory and emotions.
Animal or pet therapy is also beneficial since animals are known to adapt to new or varying situations. Unconditional love and instant positive responses such as cat purring or cuddling evokes a state of well being in humans.
Many patients that personally own dogs or cats tend to have longer lives, due to the need to care for their pets. This is especially true for cancer patients or people who are terminally ill, as the feeling of responsibility appears to lead to better survival rates.