I am "Cricket", a registered pet therapy cat from Greenville, Michigan. My human and I also do work for hospice. I hope you enjoy my website.
If you know someone in a nursing home or long term care facility in my area that might enjoy a visit from me, please send me an email. I might also be able to do private home visits if my human says it's okay.
Health Benefits Of Pet Therapy
Studies done at the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine show that the interaction between humans and animals can increase a person's level of the hormone oxytocin: a hormone that allows one to feel happy and trusting, assisting in the bonding between the animal and the human. Studies have also shown that Pet Therapyprovides the following benefits:
Lowers blood pressure
Boosts the immune system
Increases verbal and/or nonverbal communication through positive interaction with the animal
Provides a purposeful activity
Decreases feelings of anxiety
Decreases show of emotional and physical pain
Increases positive behavior
Provides additional avenue for love, attention and happiness
Increases use of fine and gross motor coordination if/when walking or grooming the animal
Opportunities to reminisce
Opportunities to laugh and simply enjoy the animal
Me at home!
Ready to go for my therapy job!
(I get petted and loved...can it really be called a job?!)
I love a leaky faucet! Maybe my other work should be plumbing?
My human sometimes dresses me up for visits...
it really makes people smile and laugh so I guess it's okay :-)
Naptime is required after a fun day of being a "therapy cat"