Many people with anxiety have found adopting pets soothes their souls. Pets have been known to lower cortisol levels, reduce stress and dampen our human fight or flight instincts (which often lead to anxiety). The Cornell Feline Health Center at Cornell University says petting a cat, even for just a few minutes, can improve mood. Dogs are often the go-to when it comes to adopting an emotional support animal. This makes sense for folks who may need a pet they can take with them out into the world. However, cats could prove the better choice for some people with anxiety.
Generally speaking, cats are lower maintenance pets than dogs. They fit nicely into apartments and don’t ask you to put on real pants to take them out for a walk at five o’clock in the morning. The cat breeds on our list take it one step further. For the most part, they are mellow felines with sweet, doting dispositions. Unlike some of the naughtiest cat breeds, this list is full of kitties content to chill on your lap or by your side, no matter what the day brings.