This therapy cat visit started off a bit slow. Most of the patients on the first floor we stopped at were sleeping or busy with doctors. I only got to see a couple of people there. Both were men and they were really happy to see me. One of the men got the good news that he was likely leaving the hospital that day. He enjoyed petting me, and went on and on about the cats he and his wife used to have. Unlike most of the other patients that day, he didn’t want a photo with me. We found out at the end of the visit he was homeless.
The other floor we visited was bustling with patients. When I was walking on my leash, I went over to one of the offices and the nurse gushed over me and insisted on taking a photo. She didn’t want to pet me, though, because she was allergic.
One patient we visited wasn’t allergic, but she was scared of cats! In fact she was scared of dogs too. She worried about being scratched by a cat, or bitten by a dog. But she wanted to know all sorts of information about our organization, and about me. I just rested in my sling while my human chatted with her. Like a lot of people who say they don’t like cats, she was fascinated by me. If we run into her again (although I hope not because who wants to have to be at the hospital?), I bet she will want to see more of me.
The last couple of patients were the best ones. I visited with a couple who had been away from home for a month while the husband was getting treatment. We don’t ask why the patient is in the hospital, but he had something going on with his leg. The wife especially wanted to see me because she missed their cat at home so much. “This visit is more for me than it is for you,” she semi-joked to her husband. I still got to lie on the bed and snuggle with him anyhow. He happily petted me while his wife took photos with her phone. When she said she was going to put one on Facebook, my human asked her to tag our therapy organization.
The last lady was an older Latina woman who spoke to my human in English, but talked to me in Spanish. She was a big animal lover, and I was delighted to spend time with her and snuggle with her. When we finished visiting with her, our time at the hospital was up for the day.
My human has had a stressful couple of days, so I think she really needed a nice therapy cat visit! Taking me to one of our regular hospitals helped her forget some of her worries for a couple of hours. So that was a side benefit of our work today.
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