Cats Are Definitely Therapeutic!
I have been truant from the Forum for some time now. Several months ago I was diagnosed with recurrent cancer in the form of a very rare bone tumor. Since then I've been receiving chemotherapy and another IV infusion to repair damage to my spine. This disease was first diagnosed 11 years ago this month--what a Christmas gift!
I receive all of my cancer treatment at our state's largest teaching hospital--fortunately, they have an excellent cancer center there. When I was undergoing radiation 11 years ago, a group brought therapy animals to the clinic several times each week to visit us patients. Unfortunately (for me, anyway!), all of their animals were dogs--and I'm just not a dog lover at all. This time the group includes several cats! Obviously, I'm not thrilled to be sick again, but it's wonderful to be able to hold a cat during my chemo sessions! Cats are definitely powerful medicine--my chemo nurse says that my blood pressure drops after even a small dose of purring has been administered. My feline therapist stretches out with me in the chemo chair, sharing my blanket--we both appreciate the hospital blanket warmer! Sometime we doze, sometimes we "talk," but we always enjoy each other's company. My usual "neighbor" in the next chemo chair was pretty standoffish during my first couple of treatments, ignoring polite greetings and snarling at the nurses. However, after a little feline therapy she's almost downright friendly--we've bonded through cats.
I'm so fortunate to have excellent doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals tending to me--as far as I'm concerned, my "treatment team" definitely includes the wonderful therapy cats! They're proving to be good for the body AND soul! My own beloved cats are absolutely precious to me--but they're just not cut out, personality/temperament-wise, to hold that job!
Happy Holidays and warmest purrs from our family to yours.