Here I am in my kitchen, just back from my latest therapy cat visit. Whenever I come back from anywhere, it always ends in the kitchen, where my human gives me a treat before taking off my harness, and if I’ve gone on a therapy visit, my therapy vest. This time I went to a new hospital, and it was very different from the other one because for this visit, I mostly saw children! It is quite funny because I am better with children than my human is. She has never been around them and really does not know what to do with them or what to say to them. Which doesn’t matter for therapy cat visits, because I do all the work! And I take all the kudos too, as it should be.
Even though my human didn’t get any photos of the hospital for this particular visit, I wanted to mention a few things that I think you will find interesting.
- Although I get nervous when I visit a new place, once I understand why I’m there, something clicks. Because it was a new-to-us hospital, we had a coach, and she noticed it too, that as soon as I realized I was just there get attention and be adored, I stopped being nervous.
- I am very patient and very good with children. I kind of feel like they are more on my level than grown-ups are. Plus if they are children in a hospital, I can sense they need me more and really appreciate me. I like that.
- Sometimes grown-ups act like kids when they visit with me, and that is fun too.
- Therapy pets really do have a positive affect on patients, and especially children. One little girl had some stomach pain, but after I spent some time with her, her pain went away. Neither my human nor I knew about this until after the visit because the child’s mother discussed it with the coach in Spanish. The coach said she has seen this happen over and over again at visits.
I really enjoyed this visit lots! I am looking forward to going back.