Is your pet a good shrink?

PSYCHOLOGY – They only love us, give and receive caresses without counting, make us feel useful and important … Can having an animal be enough to make us feel less bad?

With the health crisis, consultations with psychologists are on the rise … as are adoptions of pets. According to the National Union of Dog and Cat Professions, they have increased by 10 to 15% since the end of the first confinement. Shelters, associations and farms are taken by storm. A sudden impulse? Not really, since only 3.8% of animals adopted in 2020 were returned to the SPA, a historically low figure. This is where Coline found her cat last November: “The word“ company ”attached to the animal takes on its full meaning when you live alone in a studio. I hug him, I interpret his reactions, I scold him sometimes. It helps me to face the days without, by putting hair everywhere but balm in the heart. “

Slightly depressed, have we looked for allies in Félix and Médor? “Deprived of interactions and physical contacts, it is quite legitimate to have wanted to create, observes Jérôme Michalon, sociologist

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