Usually my human spaces out my therapy cat visits so I’m not doing more than two in a week, and no more than four a month. But it just worked out that I had four visits since Thanksgiving! Two at hospitals and two at universities for finals. I told you about my hospital visits here and here — here is how the university visits went.
On Tuesday, we went to Cal State Los Angeles. I’d been to the East L.A. campus once before, and I had been a little bit nervous. This time my human tried something different. She brought both my Sleepypod carrier, and my awesome black bed from home. We used them both at cat shows, and I was really happy with them, and my human thought I would like them for these outdoor visits with students. And she was right! I had a really nice time and was very happy visiting with students (and they were happy visiting me too!). I was the only cat, and there were three dogs.
That afternoon, after we went home, we got a call about a special request. Woodbury University wanted a cat to come visit for their finals week, and Josie (the other therapy cat in the program) wasn’t available. My human was a little reluctant about accepting because she didn’t want to overwork me, but finally she said okay.
There was a sign here announcing our visit.
We sat in an outside area by the library to see students. Woodbury has a lot of art students, and they really loved me lots! This was the first visit where there were issues with me and the therapy dog. She was an English Springer Spaniel named Samantha. Maybe she thought I was one of those squirrels she got rid of in her yard at home! We tried an introduction, but she was aggressively put her head in my bed and made me hiss (which I’ve never done with any other therapy dog, or really any other dog, period). Then she did not want to leave me alone. She kept staring at me like I was prey, and it was difficult to get her back focused on her work with the students. (When she did, and wasn’t looking at me, she actually did an awesome job!) After Samantha was in her spot, I didn’t pay anymore attention to her, but my human kept an eye on her for the whole visit. She made sure I was happy, and that Samantha was not near us. I just did high fives and relaxed with the students. I wanted to go exploring on my leash, but my human refused to let me go too far from my Sleepypod. She did not want me catching Samantha’s attention at all. Back at home, when she went online to take credit for the visit, she said she did not want us to be paired with Samantha again.
The funny thing about having my busiest therapy cat week so far? I was perfectly happy doing all of them! My human really worries about making me do too much, but I am really happy to go out. I always purr when we reach our destination, and I enjoy all the people I meet.
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