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Alfie: Self-appointed Therapy Cat — 7 Comments

  1. I totally agree with Marc that its preferable to have some companion animal in “Old Age Homes”.Aged people confined to a hospital or “Old Age Homes” are confined indoors and hence a pet animal, either a cat or dog would drive away the loneliness of confinement. As a bachelor at home with help from my house-keeper Sabina find the companionship of my pets hilarious and they really make my house lively . They are a topic of discussion keeping me busy on a few websites, most notably “P.O.C”. Alfie is similar to Oscar in the fact that both these cats made a hospital their home. Oscar had the unique bizarre ability of predicting a patients death and hence became World famous .As for Alfie, he must have illuminated the dreary sad lives of numerous patients as medical science has confirmed that “Pet Therapy” is a fact of medical science.I personally feel that hospitals and old age homes should maintain a pet in their premises for the benefit of the patients.Another method if unable to maintain a pet on the premises would be of having pets visiting the hospital or old age home with their handlers, a social service that can be provided by pet owners.

  2. R.I.P Alfie
    I thought his story was so nice it was worth sending to Michael to share.
    I get the All Creatures newsletter every week Marc, it’s quite a religious web site but has some wonderful stories and poems etc.

    http://www.all-creatures.org/

    You are right about UK hospitals Michael, some won’t even allow cats to live in the grounds. It’s sad really because it’s well known that cats can aid the recovery of ill people.

  3. If I was stuck in hospital or an old people’s home I would be ok if there were cats. I am sure many people who are ill of very old have the time to appreciate the company of a cat. It’s fine if they dont want the cat but it would be nice if they at least had the opportunity to try it out. I am sure there would be alot more homes for cats and happy people if it were an idea that was put into the realm of being possible and useful with positivie theraputic value.

    Great story – well found Ruth and well written Michael, as always. He seems like a big cat doesn’t he. He looks lovely. Must be very social with all those new people going in and out. What a great cat. Perhaps they will find a new cat to fill his place – I’m sure he is missed greatly.

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