Dexter Needs Our Healing Thoughts

Dexter The Therapy Cat In His Yard

Furiends, one of the felines I have shared with you is Dexter the Therapy Cat. Therapy cats like Dexter have to do things that most cats cannot. They have to let humans they do not know handle them, pet them, and hold them. And they cannot swat these humans or bite them to tell them to stop. This is something that Jacey, Koji, and I would not be able to do.

But when therapy cats like Dexter work with humans, it is wonderful. They help humans who are not feeling well feel better. And they help small humans learn to read. That is why felines like Dexter are good ambassadors for our species.

Recently, Dexter needed some therapy of his own. He had to go to the humans in white coats because he was not feeling well. When he went there, they removed many of his teeth, did an biopsy on some growths they found, and did some other tests. Dexter’s humans were worried that he might have cancer.

Fortunately for Dexter, the biopsy on the growth revealed it was not cancer. It was just an inflammation from maybe the teeth that needed to be removed, or something similar. He will have a recheck to see how he is healing and hopefully the humans in white coats will be able to address whatever caused the growth.

Dexter The Therapy Cat In His Yard
Dexter The Therapy Cat In His Yard

His recovery is going well. He is at home, recovering nicely, and his humans even took him for a walk in his harness for a while. He likes to do this and he enjoys exploring and wandering around the yard.

The one thing that Dexter is not happy about is that he cannot have any dry noms right now. You see, because his mouth needs to recover, he needs to have wet noms only. He mostly eats wet noms but he still wants his crunchies. I know how Dexter feels! I still miss the dry noms even though I like eating the wet noms.

But the best thing is that this therapy cat will soon be ready to resume meeting with humans that can use the happiness felines can bring. And that makes me glad for Dexter!

Healing Thoughts to Dexter

Dexter the Therapy Cat With His Noms Stool

One of my good furiends is Dexter the Therapy Cat. I did not know that therapy cats go to visit humans who did not feel well until I learned about Dexter. Jacey and I told the human we wanted to be therapy cats, but the human told us that my habit of biting humans who annoyed me and Jacey’s unwillingness to be held would prevent us from being therapy cats.

After helping so many humans, it is time for humans and felines to help Dexter. He has been diagnosed with a condition known as spondylosis of the spine. In this condition, there is degeneration of the spine. Most felines with this condition can continue to live normal lives, but there may be some restriction in the range of motion or flexibility of the affected feline.

Dexter the Therapy Cat With His Noms Stool
Dexter the Therapy Cat With His Noms Stool

His humans found a small stool for Dexter to use when he noms and when he drinks, and that seems to help with him doing this. It is good that after helping so many humans as a therapy cat, his humans are taking good care of Dexter!

His humans will take him to the humans in white coats again, but this time they will be humans who specialize in handling Dexter’s condition. They hopefully will be able to find a way to help Dexter.

Dexter The Therapy Cat in a Stroller
Dexter The Therapy Cat in a Stroller

He is a very devoted therapy cat, my furiends. He has an appearance scheduled, and instead of cancelling it, he will go in a stroller. That way, the humans who he is to help can still pet him and benefit, even though they will not be able to enjoy Dexter taking a stroll among them.

I am hopeful that the humans in white coats will be able to find a way for Dexter to continue to be a therapy cat. It is something he clearly enjoys. Let’s send Dexter healing thoughts so that he can continue his good work!

Therapy Cat Comforts Patients

Tom the Therapy Cat Relaxing

Tom the Therapy Cat arrived at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Salem, Virginia in May 2012. Since then, he has brought comfort to many humans who are sadly in hospice care and about to leave us.

Tom the Therapy Cat Relaxing
Tom the Therapy Cat Relaxing

Recently, a human was with his family and friends during his last days. But along with the two legged beings, there was a four legged presence. That was Tom. One of the humans visiting said that Tom had made many visits to this human, but on this day, he lingered, as if he knew something was different.

And it was. The sick human left us, but Tom was right there to comfort him and his family in his last moments. Right after the sick human left us, Tom placed his paw in the human’s hand.

Tom the Therapy Cat Reassuring a Human
Tom the Therapy Cat Reassuring a Human

The humans were very grateful. “I would never have believed a cat could have touched my heart like this cat did, but I truly felt like God was speaking to me that afternoon through Tom.”

Salem’s Medical Center got its therapy cat after one of the humans in white coats who works there decided to create a more homelike environment for its patients. And what makes a home happier than a four legged creature like Tom?

This therapy cat helps patients, families, and the humans in white coats feel better. Both the humans in white coats and the families of patients like knowing that a four legged furiend is there to spend time with patients, so that they will not be left alone.

Tom the Therapy Cat With A Patient
Tom the Therapy Cat With A Patient

Even when it is time to say the last goodbye, Tom’s presence helps. The human who lost her father said “I left the VA that afternoon with a smile on my face and love in my heart knowing that my father was now at peace and on his way to a wonderful new adventure and it was all with the help of Tom.”

Furiends, that is the ultimate compliment for a therapy cat. This human lost her father, but she was happy because Tom helped guide him to peace.

This makes me meow happily and it is why I am so glad to be furiends with therapy cats Dexter, Pliny, and Pandora!