Cats and Seniors

Definitive proof that a loving, healthy relationship with a pet improves quality of life.

By Brad Kollus

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Moochie, a cat participating in an animal-assisted therapy program, visited a hospital where an elderly man with terminal cancer was in a coma. The man had not responded to anyone’s contact. Donna Williamson, Moochie’s owner, put the cat on the comatose man’s bed and rubbed the cat against his face. To everyone’s astonishment, the man awoke from the coma, pulled his arms from under the sheets and pet Moochie. Can cats have similar effects on the health of older adults in our society?

**For the full article, pick up the March 2007 issue of CAT FANCY.**

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Vanda    Laramie, WY

6/14/2007 3:53:08 AM

This is an interesting article. I read the whole thing in Cat Fancy. When my daughter is not feeling well, our Angora cat is especially attentive so I think cats would work well as therapy animals for some seniors. Care would of course have to be taken to make sure the senior was not one of those who was afraid of cats or did not like them.

jeannie    baton rouge, KY

2/18/2007 7:49:41 AM

I love that cats can touch even older people and make them happy. Cats are the one animal I love the most.

Bill    Goose Creek, SC

1/31/2007 11:14:55 AM

Mr. Brad Kollus: Sir you are so right when you state that a loving, healthy relationship with a pet improves one's quality of life. I am 80 yrs of age and I completed a 2,400 mile solo sail from Florida to Bar Harbor, Maine with my cat Scratch. I now know the true value of taking the time to care for and understand a loving cat. I wrote a book about my 57 day adventure and to show you how I really felt about having a cat as a shipmate, I wrote the book from Scratch's standpoint. Thank you for the article. Bill D.

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