Pet Project: A tail of furry stress relief
Updated: Jul 21
You know the feeling you get when you’ve had an absolute trash day? Spilled your coffee onto your freshly finished report… forgot to call a client back and may have missed a huge opportunity... had it out with your partner about a big decision and now your stomach feels like it’s eating itself with piranha teeth? One of those days that kinda thrashes you around by your collar and just plops you down in a heap of unwashed gym clothes?
Yep. Those days. Want to know what can instantly fix those days? Faster, and WAY more satisfying, than a jaunt through the drive-thru or quick drink at the bar?
A relaxing petting session with your pet. Yep. Your pet. That tried and true furry companion who’s seen you at your worst, and doesn’t judge. (Well, dogs don’t judge, cats kind of always judge. But in a loving way. Like your Mom.)
"My cats are always judging me." -Ryan, Owner
Science has shown that just petting an animal for a few minutes lowers your blood pressure by multiple points. It lowers your cortisol levels and ramps up serotonin production to create a truly relaxing moment. Here's an article from People to read up on one of these studies:
Here is the actual study if you want to get technical with it:
Don’t have a pet?
Adopt one. Shelters are teeming with pets just waiting to show you the love.
If you're in the Charlotte area, a great place to start is the Charlotte Humane Society!
We are especially partial to the Friends for Life Rescue Network. We follow many of them on Insta!
How adorable is this picture, by the way?
Volunteer at a local shelter. Pet Cuddler and Puppy Petter are real things. Truly. Give them some much needed love and they ease your tension. Win-win.
Or if its the time commitment limiting you, don't forget you can donate!
Yes, seriously. Offer to pet sit a friend’s pet. Maybe even make it a side gig? Eh eh? Relaxation + extra cash?
Or maybe have your next meeting at your local Cat Cafe? We love the Mac Tabby Cat Cafe in the NoDa area of Charlotte, NC ourselves!