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‘Even if I can’t feed myself, I at least get up and feed them’: How pets can help people living with mental illness

Animals can help us stick to a routine when we’re struggling, and feel connected to the world again (Picture: Getty)

Cats are not renowned for their loyalty.

Dua Lipa reveals her award-winning music is inspired by 'terrible' ex boyfriends

But for the past month Poppy, my middle-aged, overweight moggy, has barely left my side.

I’ve been recovering from a mental health crisis, and she’s been with me all the way.

OK, so I know that it’s not because she actually cares about me – she’s simply taking advantage of having a warm human being to curl up with on the bed – but her presence has been… Read the full story

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