It’s been a couple of weeks since my last therapy cat visit, and I was glad to get back to work! I went to a new hospital this time, that just approved visits for me. It’s a hospital for children, and it was founded by a bunch of important guys who wear funny hats.
I actually had been to this location once before, when I was evaluated to be in the therapy pet program. But there were a lot of things I hadn’t noticed before, like all the paintings on the walls! There were also a couple of carousel horses in the lobby. My human wanted to get a photo of me with one, but I was too excited to stay still.
There were not a lot of children to visit today, as the hospital is actually changing location soon. So it was a little quiet, which was good because it gave me a chance to get to know the surroundings. The children that I did see were nice and even the littlest girl, who was probably about three, knew to pet me gently and not grab my fur. The hardest part was visiting the physical therapy room. Physical therapy is not fun for humans, especially little ones, and I could feel my human tense up. She was worried the children would be too preoccupied and maybe hurting too much to want to see me. Of course they did want to see me, so I will have to do something to get her to relax in the future. Sometimes the hardest part of being a therapy cat is when you are the stronger team member, and you have to carry your human.
The most unusual visit was when I spent some time with a boy whose artificial leg was getting looked at by a doctor. That is something I never saw before! I know that kitties lose limbs sometimes, but I didn’t realize it happens to people too.
In addition to the children, I visited with their families and the hospital staff. A dog team came along, and the dog was about the size of my pal Duffy. Except this little dog was nearly the same color as me! By the end of the visit we both were a little tired, so his human was able to get the photo by the carousel horse that my human couldn’t at the beginning. The therapy group posted it on their Facebook page, and I thought you might like to see it too.