AN­I­MALS ON THE SCENE

How pets can help with stress

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - Text by MAXINE LOUISE LAGMAN

Af­ter col­lege, 23-yearold Clarence Zamora de­cided to pack up her bags, leave her par­ents’ house, city with her most loyal com­pan­ion, her cat Jarvis.

Clarence had Jarvis as a gift from her god­fa­ther when he was just a three-month-old kit­ten. Since then, he had al­ways been a part of her every­day life and jour­ney, es­pe­cially when her grand­mother died three years ago. She went through a rough bat­tle with de­pres­sion, but with Jarvis’ clingy and her strug­gles be­came eas­ier to han­dle.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Health-us Na­tional Li­brary of Medicine, pets have a way of in­creas­ing Oxy­tocin (which re­duces stress) and de­creas­ing cor­ti­sol (which in­creases stress). Hu­man An­i­mal Bond Re­search In­sti­tute Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Steven Feld­man de­scribes it as the ! "# bat­tle such con­di­tions and emo­tions such as de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, and lone­li­ness, all of which Clarence went through.

“I don’t re­ally know how to de­scribe it. Ev­ery­thing was just a lot more bear­able when I had him a few months af­ter she passed. His quiet com­pan­ion­ship was a wel­come "$

When she found a job in BGC as a Project Co­or­di­na­tor for Clarence did not hes­i­tate and

brought Jarvis to the big city in the space­ship-de­signed back­pack that he loves.

“I think my dy­nam­ics with Jarvis can be best com­pared to a Harry Pot­ter ref­er­ence: He’s like my pa­tronus and % & & "shared Clarence. “It’s like hav­ing a furry child and I do of­ten re­fer to him as my son, as Kate Mckin­non does with ' "

Ac­cord­ing to the young woman, Jarvis is an ex­cel­lent cud­dler. !* + bed. When I read or paint in my desk, he likes to sit on my lap "

Hav­ing an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment and a new job, Clarence is glad Jarvis is around to keep her com­pany, who is a great re­minder of hope, life and her home.

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