Cat immersion therapy (my modified name for this!) is using the power of the cat in images and sound to bring joy to a person who is isolated in hospital. Hospitalized happy people recover faster than unhappy people don’t they?
This is an uplifting story that brings into sharp focus the benefit of the cat companion to human well being. It a story that is an antidote to the nasty attitudes of cat abusers, haters and shooters.
Without waffling on needlessly I’ll present the video. It is a good video. You’ll like it.
Maga is isolated
Apparently Maga (Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem) is isolated from other patients and people to help avoid contracting an infection as she has a compromised immune system due to cancer. She is undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
Maga loves cats and misses her cat. I am very impressed with the hospital staff and the guys and ladies who imaginatively set up this 3,000 cat slide show with sound effects using an Apple Mac and some sheets! Wow. Love that. The cat pictures came from well wishers and are on Facebook. The hospital looks fantastic.
I love the way Maga strokes the sheet. She just loves to be in contact with her cat.
Cats and dogs are often used as therapy animals. There are countless examples of sick people benefiting from contact with animals. Here are two articles on dogs and cats as therapy animals:
Why are dogs and cats such good therapy animals? My answer is: they bring us back to nature. The put us in touch with nature. Nature is where we find our roots. And they are innocent and without malice. Domestic cats are utterly reliable and predictable. These are reassuring traits.
Here is a still image from the video in case the video goes offline:
My thanks to Dorothy for spotting this story.
Note: This story has been republished from 2012 because it is so nice. It needs to be ‘brought forward’ to highlight how animals enhance our lives. Therapy animal are widely employed to assist in recovery.
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