How Can Felines Become Therapy Cats?

I have shared many stories of humans helping felines, and some of felines helping humans.  I know that Jacey, Marley, and I definitely help keep our human on his toes.  Sometimes we exasperate him, but that is all in good fun.  We love to annoy him until he tells us to stop and then walk away with our tails high in the air because we got what we wanted.  Hee hee!

Dexter is one of a very few felines who is a certified therapy catBut there are felines like Dexter the therapy cat who are very special felines.  Not only are they kind to their humans, but they are kind to humans that they do not know.  And they help humans who are in challenging situations.

Pet Partners is one of the best known organizations that certifies felines as therapy cats, and there is a very extensive process to determine which felines would be good therapy cats.  I know that neither me nor my two four legged housemates would pass.  One of the requirements is that we not bite.  Well, I like to play bite, and this is not allowed at all.  And all three of us do not like to be held.  That would disqualify us as well.

We also would be disqualified because being passed to three strangers is not something we would tolerate.  It’s a very difficult test to pass, and when I looked at it with the human, I told him to forget it.  Even though much of it could be done with us being held, there is no way we would tolerate such conditions.

Three Therapy Cats who help many humansBut for those felines who can pass it, this is a wonderful way to show humans that we are not the unfriendly creatures that many humans think we are.  Therapy cats can show humans that we are caring, fun, and helpful animals that belong in human homes.  And they can help some humans through difficult times, too.

Do you have a feline who you think could be a therapy cat?  You can visit the Pet Partners website or you can visit the therapy cat page on Facebook.

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2 Replies to “How Can Felines Become Therapy Cats?”

  1. Love On A Leash also certifies cats, and may be a better choice for some than Pet Partners. LOAL requires that your vet do the behavior evaluation and you need not belong to a local chapter. PP requires that you be evaluated by a PP training instructor/evaluator and not all PP chapters have evaluators that have experience with cats, and you may have to drive a distance for the evaluation if there is no local PP chapter near you. Also, LOAL memberships fees are about half of PPs. Great article!

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