Max and Abigail van Cat

Sometimes you need a little levity. Enjoy!

I was sitting on the couch playing one of those mindless games on my phone, but I couldn’t concentrate. I kept thinking about work, what I needed to get done.  Was I going to make this or that deadline?  Then Max, my black cat who adopted us, came and fell onto my lap like he always does.  He began to purr and I began to relax as I listened to the sounds he was making and I soon felt calmer.

A few days later, I was reading in my bedroom and again I felt stressed; I found that I would read the same page over and over because my mind couldn’t stop thinking about this and that.  Then, I was greeted by my calico, Abigail or as I like to call her Abigale van Cat.  She laid next to me and I felt calm and actually was able to read more than one page.

Then it hit me, ‘Oh my goodness, I have comfort cats’. They keep me company when Jim (my husband) is traveling.  They make me feel safe, even though they could not scare away anything or anyone. Still, they are there to greet me when I come into the house and they make me feel loved.

I have always believed that comfort animals are valuable and that they do their job well.

I have read the stats and the stories and I even teach the classes about comfort animals. It wasn’t until I recognized my own experience, though, that I could fully appreciate the purpose and benefits of comfort animals.

It made me think of the tenants I have known over the years and how much they have loved and cared for their animals.  I began to think about how much more at ease some tenants felt by having their comfort animal at their side.

I know there have been times management and staff felt duped and felt that a resident’s animal was not a true comfort animal. And I have seen when a health professional glibly signed a comfort animal form just to get rid of the tenant; everyone assuming the tenant didn’t want to pay the pet deposit. Of course, these things happen and some people do take advantage of the system, but there are also a lot of people who need these animals to get through the day.

Let’s discuss the many other benefits, besides helping with loneliness and being a great companion.  Comfort animals can help lower blood pressure and lower anxiety levels. And, of course, they help provide emotional support.

Some residents cannot leave their apartment without their comfort animal. Some aren’t able to sleep without their comfort animal.

No matter what our beliefs are about comfort animals, we have to admit that some clients do much better when they have one around them.

I have Max and Abigail. Do you have a comfort animal you’re not telling us about?

Have a nice week

Nickie

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