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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