One of my close loved ones has always loved having cats. She has limited mobility and isn’t able to provide the care needed to have one nor is her husband who has his hands full taking care of her. Studies show pet therapy helps seniors better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Not being able to provide the care needed for a pet has eliminated her ability of having a pet from which she would truly benefit and so dearly love.
She was given a therapy cat, it’s a very lifelike ‘robot’ cat that has realistic fur. The cat purrs and meows, it rolls over so you can pet its stomach, and its eyes open and close. My loved one quickly learned if she pets the cat’s left cheek it will nuzzle its head in her hand, if she pets the cat’s back it will purr. The more she petted it the more relaxed the cat got then it goes to sleep. The best news for her is the cat doesn’t need care (other than occasional fresh batteries) or feeding and there are no vet bills. It’s a perfect pet!
The benefits of pets are numerous. They making owners happier, they lessen depression, decrease loneliness and isolation by giving pet owners a companion. They also reduce boredom and lessen anxiety because of their calming effects. The Companion Pet meets the mark in providing just what my loved one needs without the care an unstuffed pet requires.