It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a therapy cat hospital visit, and it was good to be back! This time, therapy dogs Blueberry (a basset hound) and Callie (a beagle) were with me. I’ve worked with them before and they are both very nice. We visited the Cancer Center waiting room before heading up to the pediatrics ward. It was very busy up there, so we spent most of our time seeing young patients.
When my human and I are working with dog teams, the way we do our visits varies. Sometimes we go our own way, separate from the dogs, but this time, we all visited the rooms together, taking turns with the patients. That was actually a nice way to do it. Some patients had preferences. One of the last rooms we visited had a little girl in bed. When one of the human team members asked if she wanted to see the cat or one of the dogs, she said she wanted to see the kitty! She had a cat at home that she missed lots. So I sat on the bed and spent a lot of time with her.
Other patients wanted to see all of us. I snuggled next to one young teenage girl who enjoyed me. My human offered to take a photo of us together, but she got embarrassed and said no. My human totally understood because she wouldn’t want her photo taken in the hospital either! The funny thing is, the girl was beautiful, even in a hospital room, and she needn’t have been worried about how she looked.
Most of the staff was happy to see us all, but one nurse was scared of me! It turns out that once, when she was young, some mean kids dropped a dead cat on her. What an awful experience! She thought I was pretty, and was clearly fascinated by me, but she wouldn’t come near me.
One of the therapy dogs had recently been to a mental health facility and her human said that some of the patients there asked if they had cats. At the moment, this facility isn’t accepting therapy visits from cats, but I am hoping they will be looking into that policy and changing it. They might, because there is clearly a need for me!
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