I went to the children’s hospital for this therapy cat visit. The parking lot was pretty empty, so my human assumed it wasn’t very busy. It was a little quiet, but we still had lots of visiting to do! I immediately saw a teen boy in the lobby and hung out with him for a while. Several young children wanted to see me too.
Enough exam rooms contained patients to keep us going. But there weren’t so many that we had to rush from one room to another. The first patent I saw was a little girl who was delighted to spend time with me. We played a game (okay, it was really her game) my human dubbed “elevator,” where the girl would pat me by my tail and my back end would raise up. She was very young, and her mother kept reminding her to be gentle with me, but really she was fine.
I also visited a young teenaged girl who had just had stitches out in her leg and she was lying down. So my human made sure I was by her head and not her bare legs for petting.
I saw lots of girls this visit! One girl, dressed in pink, wanted to hold me. Normally I prefer not to be held, but I let her and I really enjoyed our visit. And the next little girl spent lots of time petting me and hugging me, and then handed me back to my human when the doctor came in.
Something interesting about today. Several of the kids were dealing with leg surgeries, and if they were sitting up, I leaned my head against the leg that was getting worked on. Because, well, we kitties just know.
The great thing about this visit was my human was able to calm down after a stressful morning. We get up earlier on morning visit days so she can get things done before we leave — but today there were internet problems. So she started off the morning feeling pretty ragged. But she is not allowed to be stressed during our therapy cat visits… because her mood has a direct influence on me. So she had to be calm and level-headed to make sure I was working at my best. And it worked. I was especially good and patient with the children today.
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Cathy Keisha says
Those kids were lucky you were there to calm them. It’s a chain reaction. Your human calms you and you in turn calm them.
We’ve had plenty of computer/internet problems this past week.
Timmy Tomcat says
Summer we are so proud of you. Can you believe Dad wanted to have one of us become a therapy cat and it ended up his handicap was what held us back. We sure are glad of the love and care you show to all the patients young and old. Mom you are really special too. It is hard to keep level among the stress of life. Purrs to you both
Catherine A Lingg says
As you know I know about internet frustrations. But all is well now. I guess I’m more savvy than I thought. And yes, kitties know when we hurt either physically or emotionally. You are very intelligent and intuitive. Kitty’s brains are very similar to humans. Unlike dogs, just sayin’
Mark's Mews says
You sure do special things, Summer! We wish we could too, but strangers scare us.
Summer, we love how you are so empathic. Wonderful and amazing!
Feline opines says
We felines always know when humans need us and we’re always happy to offer some healing purr therapy❣️
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Alberto, Oliver & Lily
Brian Frum says
You sure do know your patients sweet Summer and we’re so proud of you doing such important work.
Melissa & Mudpie says
You work your magic on everyone, Summer!
Athena and Marie says
Well done for making those kids happy, Summer!
Memories of Eric and Flynn says
Sounds like t was a good visit to the hospital.
Sounds like you had a great therapy visit Summer! Thanks for sharing! And yes, we kitties just seem to know how to comfort and provide those healing purrs. You are exceptional at it though!
Angel CJ and the gang (Fluffy, Mosby and Angels Mia and Cosmo)
lola the rescued cat says
Summer, our mom is always impressed with you when she sees you in person. (Which she misses, by the way.) She says you are always aware of just about everything!
Judy GQ says
Glad you had a chance to make some kids’ day better. I’m certain they made your day better too.
Ellen Pilch says
You and your human are amazing. Sounds like you spread a lot of joy at the hospital. My great-niece loves to play elevator butt with Penny. 🙂
MARIETTE VANDENMUNCKHOF-VEDDER says
Yes, you are so right about kitties knowing when humans are hurting and where.
They do have that mysterious ‘sixth sense’ and it truly works.
Our first kitty, Spooky girl stayed at husband Pieter’s side on the bed, when he was having excruciating pain from passing another kidney stone. She KNEW!
All people that never had a kitty, miss out on something big, soothing, loving and caring.
Mickey's Musings says
Sounds like a pawsome visit at the hospital. I really believe that cat therapy works.
I bet you even worked a bit of magic on your human too Summer 😉