I got to return to USC for another midterm therapy cat visit. They set us up in a slightly different area from last time, but still in the same courtyard. The acoustics were a bit noisier than the other spot, so it took me a little longer to settle in, but I did! And I saw lots of students.
The swarm of students ebbed and flowed around me. I did lots of high fives and got petted a bunch! Many of the students have cats or dogs back home that they miss. A lot of them had questions about me. Along with the usual, “What breed is she?” “How old is she?” and “Is she your cat?” a couple of guys had a bunch of questions about my work.
One of the two students wanted to know if working with a therapy cat was a profession. So my human explained that mostly, it’s a volunteer role, but there are a few psychologists that include a therapy animal in their practice. Like a lot of people, he was also confused about the difference between an emotional support animal and a therapy cat. My human explained it the easiest way: emotional support animals are therapy for their owners, while therapy animals are therapy for other people. In fact, she explained, since I rely on her so heavily, I don’t really like it when she’s sick or upset. It makes me worry, since she is my rock and my backbone.
It was a fun afternoon. Since we were separate from the two dog teams working, we weren’t that aware when they left, and wound up staying longer than we were scheduled! No matter — it was worth every minute being there.
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