I visited the big hospital for this week’s therapy cat work. Josie, the other therapy cat in our program, also was there. We started off in the Cancer Center. While Josie visited the patient getting chemo, I sat on a table in the waiting room, did a couple of tricks, and got petted a lot! Then it was my turn to visit the patient in the chemo room. While I was there, a really loud bell sounded and people started cheering. This is what happens when someone finishes their round of treatments. Josie and I saw him in the elevator when we were on our way to the main building.
Next we stopped in Pediatrics, where we had a couple of girls to visit. I started off with the older one, who was in bed, and so happy to see me! While I visited with her, my human talked with her mother about how to go about getting an emotional support animal. Although I’m not one, my human has learned enough about them to explain the steps to make sure the paperwork is in order.
The second girl was much younger, just about five and a half. She sat in the playroom with some paints and paper, and I supervised. Well, I did as much as I could — my human kept stopping me from putting my nose in the paint or stepping on the paper. So she made it a little difficult, but I still had a nice visit.
Finally, we stopped off at first floor rehab, where Josie and I saw a couple of older male patients. Usually Josie and I do our visits separately, since the rules are that the therapy animals need to be separated by at least 6 feet. But one room was large enough that I could relax on the bed with the patient while Josie sat over on his wife’s lap and we were still far enough apart. That was a nice visit.
As you can see, we didn’t have a lot of patients this visit. But we made sure we had quality time with each one of them.
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- Therapy Cat Quality Over Quantity
- Hospital Staff Cat Therapy