Therapy cat

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Therapy cats cuddle with hospital patients, offering comfort and companionship

A therapy cat is a cat trained to help ailing humans in a medically beneficial way to take advantage of the human-animal interaction for purposes of relaxation and healing.

Therapy cats have been used as companions to help the recovery and well-being of people who have had strokes,[1] high blood pressure,[2][3] anxiety,[2][3] or depression.[3] Therapy cats have also been used as companions at juvenile detention centers[4][5] and for children with developmental disabilities[4][5] and for children with language, speech and hearing problems.[6] Therapy cats are also sometimes used in hospitals to relax children who are staying there.[7]

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  1. ^ Linda Wilson Fuoco (July 24, 2010). "Pet Tales: Paralyzed therapy cat inspires patients". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  2. ^ a b Associated Press (Aug 4, 2011). "Pet therapy for humans who need it most". Naperville Sun. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  3. ^ a b c Associated Press (December 1, 2009). "Even hairless Sphynx cats give patients a warm, fuzzy feeling". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  4. ^ a b Associated Press (January 10, 2012). "Missing NY therapy cat found". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  5. ^ a b staff writer (March 4, 2011). "Jersey City dance school mourns loss of therapy cat". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  6. ^ SHELBY GRAD (June 4, 1993). "Countywide : Show Cats Just Purrfect for Therapy". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  7. ^ webmaster. "The Special Love of Therapy Cats : Feline Relationships : Your Cat's Mind". Retrieved 2011-09-20. 

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