My human’s only Thanksgiving obligation was to bring over a couple of store-bought pies to a friend’s house, so first she and I went to one of our usual hospitals for a therapy cat visit. We thought we were going to be the only team. But to our surprise, the other therapy cat, Josie, showed up too!
The moment I arrived, there were about 10 kids and their mothers in one of the waiting rooms, and I had so much fun entertaining them! They petted me, of course, but I also did high fives for them. It’s funny how everyone is so thrilled when I do tricks. It’s pretty much an every day thing for me.
Josie showed up a couple of minutes later, and we went off to visit patients. First we went to the Rehab section, where it is mostly grown ups. The first room we stopped in, the patient was in the bathroom, but her grown-up daughter visited with me while we waited. She asked my human a lot of questions about cats, since she is thinking of getting one. My human explained about how humans only get as much out of cats as they put into them. “People who think their cat is boring probably have a bored cat,” she said. My human always tries to advocate for people really treating their cats like family members. Especially in places like hospitals, where the people there might not be that pet savvy. Once the mother got back into bed, I spent time with her. That was nice.
Funny enough, the second room we visited, the patient was also in the bathroom, but his visitors wanted to see me. I spent a while with them, and once he came out, he actually only spent a few moments smiling and petting me. I think I was there more for his visitors.
Josie and I spent some time in the children’s section of the hospital, and then went up to the Skilled Nursing area. I had never been there before. It was mostly adults, and the lady we spent the most time with had something going on with her hands. Her fingers were all bunched up, but that did not stop her from petting me and Josie. She was so happy to see us, it made her cry a little. I’m glad she had a guy friend visiting her, so she wasn’t lonely when we left.
We finished up back in the same waiting room, and did a little more visiting. There was an older baby who had a stroller, which I found interesting! Mainly because Josie has a stroller and I don’t — I either walk on a leash or sit in my sling carrier. I wanted to jump in the stroller and be like Josie, but my human held my leash tight and let me know that was not allowed. I didn’t mind, really. It was still fun visiting with the baby and the baby’s older brother. I think dishing up Thanksgiving therapy is the best way to spend the day!
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