For my therapy cat visit this week, I headed to USC to offer up stress relief to undergrads. The interesting thing about the USC visits is that students are involved organizing them, so the locations and visit instructions change pretty often.
This visit was outdoors and it was the first time my human didn’t have to wear a mask. Of course, at the hospitals and nursing homes, she will still be wearing a mask. The set up was very simple, just some chairs. We were separate from the three dogs (it’s better because I can be a distraction for them). And since it was a hot day, we found shade in the big grassy area between two resident buildings.
Usually at events like these my human sets me up in my round Sleepypod carrier because it doubles as a pet bed, where I can hang out while I’m visiting. And that’s what I did. Since it was hot, I didn’t do a lot except relax in the Sleepypod while students petted me. My human didn’t want to overwork me in the heat so she didn’t have me do any of my tricks. I just enjoyed meeting everyone who came by.
Lots of students missed their cats at home. A couple students stopped by who didn’t have cats at home because their parents didn’t like cats, or didn’t like animals in general. So I was extra happy to give them a needed kitty fix. My human answered questions about therapy cats, and my breed. Some students mentioned how calm I was, and my human said that wasn’t typical for my crazy, active breed!
I will be honest. While my human kept an eye on me the whole time to make sure I wasn’t too stressed out from the heat, I think she suffered from the heat more! I was fine when we got home, and didn’t even need to take sips from my fountain right away. Meanwhile, my human collapsed on the couch! She didn’t care. She says the important thing was for me to be okay. And of course I was.
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