Out of curiosity, what type of pets do you two have? I have a 12-yr old pug, and my brother has mutt (cocker-spaniel, doxen, poodle, and terrier) who's 6 yrs old. Do you think that some types of animals are more therupeutic (sp?) than others?
Aww, you're so lucky that you have a cat! Even though I love dogs more than cats, I still want a cat, and my youngest brother wants one too even though he would be allergic 'cause they shed. My ma doesn't want a cat because she's the same way, but when I point out that we have a pug she says that's different because he's a dog. Whenever I see stray cats in the summer I go near them and my ma doesn't want me to because she doesn't want a cat, lol.
I'm sure they help at least a little. I recently bought a new guinea pig against my parents' wishes, but they got over it. She may be small but she is the cutest thing ever, and she always makes me smile.