I have shared with you the story of Dexter the Therapy Cat and Pliny the Therapy Cat. They, and felines like them, are ambassadors for our species with you humans. They help humans who are dealing with mental or medical issues, and they bring a lot of joy into the lives of the humans they work with.
Today I want to share with you the story of a very special girl and her therapy cat. Iris Grace is suffering from autism. Those who have the disease have impaired social interaction, difficulty communicating both verbally and non-verbally, and restricted and repetitive behavior.
Despite these challenges, Iris creates beautiful artwork. And one of her constant companions through these difficulties is her therapy cat, Thula. Thula is a Maine Coon, and these felines are known as gentle giants. They are known for being very intelligent felines and for being very sweet in nature.
“Whatever activity we are doing, Thula is there and wants to help and be involved,” said Iris’ mother. “She offers Iris her companionship, friendship, and supports me in encouraging Iris to interact.”
Furiends, Thula is one dedicated therapy cat. Iris may be autistic, but she is a smart girl. In addition to her artwork, she does not like taking a bath. I, along with Jacey and Marley, fully support this. We do not like even the idea of a bath!
In order to make Iris less apprehensive about getting her hair washed, Thula gets into the tub with Iris and even lets Iris’ mother shampoo her. This is amazing, and Jacey, Marley, and I are impressed with the bond Thula has to Iris.
We bengals like to play with water, but allowing humans to shampoo us? I talked to Jacey and Marley, and they both told me that if the human tried to do that to us, well, there would be more human blood than he has ever drawn from my ear sticks in the tub!
Therapy cats do great work, but the work that Thula has done with Iris is really exceptional. I am so glad I got to share this very happy story with you!