What I want to investigate: How a cat can help a recently widowed woman get through a difficult time.
Background and History: When did people start having cats as pets? Why? How attached are people to their pet cats? When did the extreme level of affection begin?
Companion Cats and the Humanities:
Movies -- cats and their owners -- images of devotion, companionship
Literature (novels, short stories, poetry) featuring cats who are companions to their owners during times of emotional crisis.
Cat, Grieving Owners and the Social Sciences:
Psychological aspects of the relationship between a pet and its owner. Sociological trends -- statistics, trends.
Cats, their Grieving Owners and Natural Sciences:
Neurobiology and chemistry of depression. Cats -- life spans, behavior. Cat behavior and instincts -- how they view humans and why. Cat brains. Cat species and their dominant characteristics. Which is a good match for a person and why?
Specific Example from Life (Case Study)
Personal Opinions and Conclusions after Investigating the Topic:
Do I buy Aunt Frizzie a calico cat? Or, do I investigate an exotic cat -- possibly a white tiger? Why? Why not? My conclusions...