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Because of the Covid-19 pandemic many people find themselves in a state of mandated lockdown and enforced social isolation. Research shows that such a situation often results in psychological stress, with feelings of depression and loneliness, resulting in a general lowering of mental health status. It has often been suggested that perhaps having a pet might help to ease some of these problems. A new study, whose lead author is Elena Ratschen of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York in the United Kingdom, has looked at this issue and also provides some data on the eternal question of whether dogs or cats are more psychologically beneficial as pets.
This study involved a survey of 5,926 UK residents over the age of 18 years. It was conducted during the first Covid-19 “lockdown phase” when the British government directed people to stay at home