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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, high blood pressure, anxiety, or depression. Therapy cats have also been used as companions at juvenile detention centers and for children with developmental disabilities and for children with language, speech and hearing problems. Therapy cats are also sometimes used in hospitals to relax children who are staying there.
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Human interaction with cats
- Oscar (therapy cat)
- Service animal
- Service dog
- Therapy dog
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