There’s a reason I’m a therapy cat! Part of it is my good temperament… and part of it is I accept things that most cats dislike! Here are some examples of the latter.
- I like tummy rubs. Sometimes I will even roll on my side to accept them. The tummy is a very, um, “touchy” place for a cat. It’s one of their most vulnerable, sensitive areas. Presenting our tummies to someone is a great act of trust — but that doesn’t mean a cat wants their tummy actually touched. That’s why a cat will attack when someone tries to pet them there. Not me. I enjoy tummy rubs, even from strangers. But I do initiate it first with strangers. My human doesn’t offer tummy rubs on my behalf.
- I’m fine with having my paws touched. Many cats really hate this. Some need veterinary intervention to get their claws trimmed! But I’m both good with claw trims and anyone just randomly touching my paws. When I’m visiting patients, sometimes they will touch my paws because they don’t know many cats hate it. And they’d never know by my non-reaction! Usually my human lets them know they can’t do that with every cat, just me, so they don’t get a rude surprise with another cat.
- I love meeting strangers. My favorite saying is “A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet.” Because as far as I am concerned, it’s true! I love people and I love getting attention from people. While a lot of cats hide when strangers visit their house, there are those who are friendly — who would still make terrible therapy cats. Binga was one of those. She immediately came out whenever anyone came over — but she would also bite them if they petted her the wrong way.
- I love being photographed! Most cats either dislike being photographed, or they don’t have much awareness of the camera. In fact, I have a funny story about my predecessor, Sparkle. She actually didn’t like being photographed, but she dealt with it in the most passive-aggressive manner. She would sit still while my human got the camera ready — but then she would move her head and not look at the camera. On purpose! Me, I love the camera (and the camera loves me). When I see my human pulling out the camera, or if I just hear the sound of the camera turning on, I’ll get excited and run over to get ready!
- Take me out places on a harness and leash. This would really upset most cats, even some of those that don’t mind being on a leash in their own yard. And while my human uses caution and common sense when she takes me shopping or on therapy cat visits, I’m almost always good about my surroundings. The handful of times I haven’t been, I get bundled up and taken home. Over time I’ve learned that my human makes sure I’m safe as long as she is with me, and that has helped a lot.
- Wearing clothes! I don’t know why, I just enjoy it and always have. I think it’s fun and I get treated special when I do. Plus I am generously rewarded with treats! My human almost feels bad dressing me up because even though I love it, she worries it will encourage others to dress their cats&Nbsp;— and nearly all cats really dislike it.
Do any of you out there have a cat who is good with some of these? All cats are different. Let me know in the comments!
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