You no doubt see one every day—a therapy dog. Cats too, make excellent and magnificent therapy animals. There’s nothing quite like a purring, soft, adorable cat to shift a mood, from bad to good. Just holding one of these elegant creatures can relieve anxiety, make great a dreadful day, and make you count your blessings. With very little training that precious pet can become a certified therapy cat.
Therapy cats and their handlers are trained to assist emotionally, mentally, or physically ailing humans in repose and remedial.
Therapy cats are wonderful resources in many situations. Children especially profit to the highest degree from a little feline-love therapy. Therapy cats have often been used to help children with developmental disorders such as autism to feel more at ease with the confusing world around them. Therapy cats are frequently selected to appear at speech and hearing facilities, schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Many patients with Alzheimer’s tap into pleasant memories of days gone by when they cuddle up with a sweet spirited cat. There are currently a few prisons that use a little cat therapy to present inmates both console and entertainment.
An array of organizations, such as Pet Partners train and certify pet therapy teams. To find the best option in your area, search the Internet or simply ask your local humane society.
To train as an authorized cat-therapy team, you need to meet minimum requirements, which diverge by the certifying organization. The Pet Partners program, for example, necessitates that the cat is at least one year old and has lived with you for at least six months. Cats should show no hostility towards people or other animals. Those are understandable requirements. There are less obvious things, such as cats that eat a raw protein diet are not eligible to participate. Most programs also demand the cat must be able to wear a leash and harness—this is for the cat’s own safety.
Be prepared to first fill out a screening questionnaire. When the organization has concluded that you and your cat meet the requirements, you’ll complete training for either just you or you and your cat. Once that is finished, you and your cat undertake a live evaluation by a trained expert. Next you present all of this information, along with a fee to become a certified therapy team. It’s that simple.
We all know not every cat makes a good therapy cat and some cats would be insulted at the very idea. .It’s been commonly reported the composed, confident, sociable felines make the best ones. Would your cat make a good therapy cat?