Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021
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Study Finds Dogs Are Better Than Cats at Preventing Loneliness in Lockdownson July 21, 2021 at 11:20 pm

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A new study has revealed that in the battle of the furry pets, dogs reign when it comes to protecting their owners against loneliness during lockdowns. Research has shown increased depression and anxiety, particularly in females during the CCP virus pandemic. Mental health clinicians have stressed the importance of social connection, especially as half of Australia enters lockdowns this month. In a survey of 384 people living alone in lockdown, spearheaded by James Cook University psychology lecturer Jessica Oliva, researchers found that dog owners had two advantages. “Their dogs encouraged them to take them for a walk and offered them an opportunity to socialise with other people,” Oliva said in a media statement. “Both walking and socialising are positive in terms of mental health.” Oliva said that simply owning a dog also appears to buffer the effects of loneliness in some way. Cats are nocturnal animals and enjoy playing at night when …

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