I actually wasn’t looking for it, but there it was face up on the shelf of the bookstore under the ‘pets and nature’ section. I had stopped by the store to buy a book not cat related, crazy I know but it does happen, however the title and cover caught my attention as did the story about a psychotherapist who used two of her cats in her practice.
The book details how Dr. Kathleen McCoy’s two cats serendipitously become part of her practice helping to bring healing to her patients. While animal assisted therapy is becoming more accepted and a variety of species like dogs, rabbits, horses, pigs, birds and cats are now used, the author admits that she had not previously considered it until she noticed the special rapport that her first therapy cat Timmy had with people. After Timmy’s untimely death she wasn’t looking for another cat but ends up adopting Marina who later steps in to continue Timmy’s work.
All cat lovers know the healing presence our cats have on us and, science has finally caught up confirming that felines have the ability to relieve stress, anxiety, lower blood pressure and even help heal bones and muscle with their purrs. Purr Therapy takes the reader into specific examples from Dr. McCoy’s own life and practice on how Timmy and then Marina helped her clients, while teaching her “lessons in mindfulness, joyful living, and compassion.”
There are moments in the book that cat owners will identify with and maybe even directly relate to, I know I did as both of my cats exhibited many of the same qualities that Timmy and Marina had. The book is insightful and at times emotional, especially if you have experienced a sudden loss of your feline companion.
Purr Therapy is an enjoyable and interesting read one that will help you to further appreciate the amazing abilities of the furry little therapist that you share your home with. It can be purchased in bookstores or online at retailers like Amazon.
Tendercare of Westwood assisted living facility in Kalamazoo Michigan just gave a former stray cat from the animal shelter a dream job. Mia the orange tabby, who is now the facilities official therapy cat, gets to do what cats do best while benefiting the residents and workers on a daily basis.
“Mia’s days are spent riding along on the backs of wheelchairs, walking along parallel bars as patients do physical therapy or batting objects away from the baskets therapy patients are aiming for. “
Kayla Wiggins, life enrichment director of the facility, said it was never her intention to get a kitten at all, but that changed with a trip to their local SPCA where they encountered the charming and outgoing Mia.
Mia enjoys the cat toy toss and residents benefit from the physical therapy
Mia brings joy and laughter to residents and workers. Her presence is beneficial for the mind, body and soul
Wiggins said “Our admissions person lets people know right up front that we do have a cat, if that is a deal breaker…Although not every resident is smitten, most enjoy Mia’s presence, and some have chosen Tendercare because of her.”
Source – MLive Michigan
Read here for more on how animals benefit our physical and emotional health.
A man spent 15 years customizing his home for his cats and has designed a pretty awesome set up. Greg Krueger from St. James, Minnesota who clearly adores his feline companions was recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome which, he says, has likely given him the extraordinary focus over the years to work on this project. Lucky cats and maybe a few ideas for your own home.
“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.”