Lots of my friends know that I'm in training to become an official Therapy Cat. Glogirly says she noticed something special about me when I was just a kitten. I know what you're thinking... ALL cats are special and that's true. But Glogirly said there was something more, something bigger.
Maybe it's because I love to play, or maybe it's because I love to cuddle. Maybe it's because I'm not scared of vets and vacuums.
Being a Therapy Cat definitely has its perks. Check out my sweet ride! Some kitties might call it a stroller. But I say strollers are for babies.
Ladies and Gentlemen, let me introduce you to my Waffle Wagon.
I ride in my Waffle Wagon whenever I go on a therapy visit. It's a purr-fect way to see the world and visit my friends. And it's a real chick magnet.
But being a Therapy Cat is about much more than cool rides and fancy harnesses.
One of the most important things about becoming a Therapy Cat is understanding what it means to be a Therapy TEAM. That's exactly what me and Glogirly are. We're a team.
Whenever we visit the ladies at the nursing home, I always know that Glogirly is right there by my side. It's kind of scary at first, going outside, riding in cars, and visiting strange places. So many new smells and sounds. But that's why we're a team. Glogirly pays attention to how I'm doing. I give her cues when I'm tired and need a rest, or when I'm curious and ready for more. I'm her A #1 priority. She's my protector and she always keeps me safe.
The Human Cat Bond
Glogirly says my therapy work has created a very special bond between us. I think that means we're like Elmer's Glue...but without the sticky mess.
But do you know what the BEST part of being a Therapy Cat is?
Ok, you might THINK it's the treats. But that's really more of a fringy benefit.
Making People Happy, One Purr at a Time
The best part is making people happy. Everyone at the nursing home is always SO excited to see me. They smile really big, they pet me, they laugh and giggle. And lots of them tell me about a kitty they once had.
One nice lady had an orange cat, just like me, named Butterball. I think it makes her heart happy to remember her cat and share his stories.
There was another lady who'd lost her ability to see or speak. But the staff knew she LOVED cats. Glogirly wheeled me over to her and she was able to touch my fur. She knew I was a cat right away. And even though her eyes couldn't see anymore, they lit up like stars in the sky.
Glogirly said that it must be really hard for some of the residents to leave their homes and their families. Some of them probably had to leave their cat too. That's why it's so important I visit them.
Just the Girlz
All this gushy love talk might make you think that Glogirly plays favorites. But that's not true at all. My sister Katie, the one I call the Boss, may not be cut out for therapy work, but she and Glogirly share a bond like no other. They talk about love, life and catnip. And I swear Katie has her own secret stash of treats. Must be a girl-thing.
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