Meet Lilo and Stitch: The theraputic benefits of bunnies
10 Jul 2020
When people talk about the therapeutic benefits of having animals as pets, we often immediately think of dogs and cats. The reality is that almost any kind of animal can offer benefits to its owner, as H at our service in Birmingham discovered when she recently adopted Lilo and Stitch, two dwarf rabbits.
One of the great things about pets is their ability to cheer us up when we’re feeling down, but the therapeutic effects of spending time with animals go beyond the ability to raise a smile. Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation, making them calming companions. Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilise emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialisation skills.
Benefits are known to include:
- Improved fine motor skills
- Increased focus and attention
- Increased self-esteem and ability to care for oneself
- Reduced anxiety, grief and isolation
- Reduced blood pressure, depression, and risk of heart attack or stroke
- Improved willingness to be involved in a therapeutic program or group activity
- Increased trust, empathy and teamwork
- Greater self-control
- Enhanced problem-solving skills
- Improved social skills
Lilo and Stitch are new arrivals to the Precious Family, so we’re yet to see the extent of the impact they’ll have. But one thing is for sure, H looked delighted to be cuddling up with her new bunnies and they’ve received a lot of attention from everyone around them!
Rabbits may not be the first animals you think of when you are looking for a pet who will offer therapeutic benefits, but they are perfectly suited to their job. These easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance pets are gentle, docile and affectionate and they bond quickly with their owners, so are great for those seeking love and companionship. They also love to be handled and stroked, which makes them great sensory input too!
Welcome to Precious Lilo and Stitch, we know you’ll get a lot of love and affection!