I was back at one of my usual hospitals yesterday, and it was a lot of work! My human and I were the only team, and we visited as many patients as we could. Lots of them wanted to spend time with me. There was a young man, maybe a teenager, who couldn’t get enough of me. And then there was the lady who didn’t really want to see me because she preferred dogs. But she and my human chatted for a few minutes and she decided she wanted a visit anyhow… and she thought I was pretty cool! That is why my human never instantly takes no for an answer from patients who like dogs. Usually they want to talk anyway, and find out more about me. Then sometimes, like with this lady, they realize that purr therapy is a good thing to have too.
My favorite visit came towards the end. It was an older Latina lady who smiled the moment she saw me. She has six cats at home, so she really needed some kitty energy in her hospital room. She chatted with my human, and talked to me too, and even sang to me in Spanish! During our visit, the nurse stopped by with a pain pill for her, and left it in a little paper cup. Near the end, when we were finishing up the visit, she looked at the cup and said, “Oh, you made me forget my pain!”
I’m sure the title of this post had you wondering what was the best compliment a therapy cat can get. Well, that was it. There is no higher praise in the world of therapy pets, and it is why we visit the hospitals. We don’t work for the praise, of course, but it is really awesome when you do hear it.