Here’s another therapy cat first for me: I visited a school to meet with several classes of youngsters. They were PALS program preschoolers, and I was there with a therapy dog, Mr. Scruffles. My human, and the human that was handling Mr. Scruffles, had to talk a little about pets, and then all the kids got to pet us.
The teachers, supervisors and kids worked hard to make us feel welcome! The team member with Mr. Scruffles showed off some of the tricks he did… and you know I had to do the same! I sat up, did my high five and pawshake… and I rang my bell! (Yes, my human brought my brand new bell.)
I will tell you something funny. Being in this big school auditorium was new to me, and I didn’t have time to explore all of it on my leash. So I was a little bit nervous during the part of the presentation where the humans were talking. But once that ended, and the children got to pet us, I went right into therapy cat mode! I’m used to children putting their hands all over me, and I know I’m there for them.
The teachers kept the petting part very orderly — only five kids at a time got to pet us, and most of the teachers had told their students how to pet dogs and cats. Here is a cool tip, in case you know any young kids who need to learn: tell them to use only two fingers. (As my human heard them called once, your “peace sign fingers.”) That made it a lot easier for them to be gentle with me, and they could still see how nice I was, and how soft my fur was.
After the presentation, the humans were treated to refreshments. Isn’t that a nice spread (at least if you’re a human)? Some bad kitty took a flying leap into the tortilla chips. I have no idea who it was…. We also got a nice gift and a thank you card! It was a very sweet visit.
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