• Kate Gainard Monroe

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:


Study Finds You Can 'Pet Your Stress Away' By Cuddling Cats and Dogs


Here is the actual study if you want to get technical with it:


WSU Study





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?







Can't Adopt?


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!




Borrow one!


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!




Like most things in life, the simpler the better when it comes to finding joy and easing tension. And the peace we get from sharing our lives with those furries is no different. Enrich your life, ease your stress and be happier again, for pet’s sake. Interested in learning more about a side hustle? Let us know!

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