Mews and Nips: Fostering Cats May Help Seniors Age in Place


A  University of Georgia study is bringing senior citizens and cats together to explore the benefits of pet companionship. Led by Dr. Sherry Sanderson, the program places rescued cats with seniors who’ve agreed to foster them, with the option to adopt. Both people and pets are monitored during the study, and the data will be used to evaluate the impact of feline companionship on mental and emotional health in older adults. For more about the study, visit the UGA website.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we offered a comprehensive overview of urinary tract disease, on Tuesday we featured the PetFusion Ultimate Scratcher Lounge, on Wednesday, Dr. Niesman provided an update on Team Siamese’s study on a connection between feline cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s in humans, on Thursday, we celebrated Halloween, and on Friday, we launched our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.

Today’s video features a new feline discipline: synchronized washing! Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Photo by Beth Chang via UGA website

4 Comments on Mews and Nips: Fostering Cats May Help Seniors Age in Place

  1. ellen beck
    November 3, 2019 at 6:39 pm (11 months ago)

    Cats I believe do a great service to their humans and this program would do great things for the cat too.
    Humans benefit in lots of ways! Cats purrs they say are tuned in to be healing , the cat would provide companionship and who doesn’t enjoy the warmth of a cat curled up in your lap? Knowing another creature depends on you is also a great motivator for getting up and moving. Seniors fostering makes wonderful sense.
    The cats benefit by being out of a shelter situation where they are nervous and fearful. Cats have time to decompress after being moved from a former home into a new one and they could possibly be adopted.
    To me, this would be a win win.

  2. Eleanor Skibo
    November 2, 2019 at 7:48 pm (11 months ago)

    This is such a beneficial idea for both the human and the cat. Cats are so in tune with humans and their feelings that this can only bring about companionship, love and a caring pet to those people who really need an extra special something in their lives.

  3. Andrea
    November 2, 2019 at 4:38 pm (11 months ago)

    I once fostered a dog who was supposed to pass in 2 weeks. I had her for 11 months. It was the most rewarding experience in my life. If I didn’t already have cats I would foster cats.

  4. Feral cats' videos
    November 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm (11 months ago)

    It’s good for people to foster animals at any age. My neighbor had once told me when she has a tough day at work, she comes home and holds her cat, and she’s feeling calmer. Always helps me.

    When a senior fosters a cat, it’s good for his mental health, and it’s good for the cat who’d found a home. You save a cat from the streets, but the cat might just save you.They’re the best anti depression medicine.


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