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Should Cats Be Allowed To Live In Nursing Homes? — 7 Comments

  1. David Dines must be a cold hearted cat hater nor does he care about the mental health of the residents who love the cats living there.
    I’ve signed the petition and shared it, there are 2405 signatures now which I think shows the strength of feeling about cat companions in Nursing homes.
    If I get ancient and all alone and end up in a Nursing home or Care home I’d like to think there would be cats around, to cat lovers the thought of life without them is unthinkably depressing.

  2. I signed the it as well. I was #2,193! We’re almost there! There needs to be more places with cats (and dogs) to give nursing home tenants that special unconditional love they really need when recovering from major surgery or living out their finally days.

  3. I signed the petition too and shared it on Facebook. Thanks for listing contact information for Mr. Dines in your article. I wonder if he hasn’t simply underestimated the importance of the cats to the residents. Maybe it’s he who is allergic since he seems to have removed other living things in the nursing home. I have no idea what his rationale is, but I do think it would be very wrong for both the cats and the residents to remove the cats. If the families and the reporter are both “misinformed” perhaps Mr. Dines should be invited to provide the correct information?

  4. Elisa I’ve signed.

    Its awful that one man can decide to take away these peoples feline friends. Why is he allowed to continue in this role when he clearly lacks compassion and understanding thats what I would like to know I bet he’s a cat hater.

    This happened to me and it was awful. When my dear mom (God rest her soul) had to move into residential care due to the onset of Alzheimers she was allowed to take her cat, Treacle with her. They both settled really well and Treacle was loved by the staff and residents alike. He would often be curled up in someones lap, on a chair or in the knitting basket.

    6 months on my moms condition got worse and she had to move where she couldn’t take Treacle so I asked that if I continued to provide food, pay vets bills etc could he stay where everyone loved him and where he had settled as he was good for the residents. The answer was no. I was so upset as he had already been through so much leaving his home, his mom ending up not the mom he knew then leaving this place that he had got used to 🙁

    Eventually my cousin Sue adopted him and he spent a few happy years with her before he died (I couldn’t take him due to already having 3 cats).

    When we picked him up from the home Sue and I both cried because of the reactions and cries of the residents they were distraught!, one elderly lady cried ‘oh no please don’t take Treacle I love him!’ I’m crying now just thinking of it 🙁

    In answer to your question YES! Every care home should have at least one friendly cat!

  5. Why is there always somebody who has the energy to be all anti when it comes to cats. Its often the case that everybody is living together happily and sustainably and then some a** h*le comes along and wants to get rid of them. What part on the universe had to make this annoying rule. I would like to get rid of those people. I think the cats deserve to be anywhere they want to be alot more than the 2 bit analogue cat haters who actually have the energy to make a mess of everything. Free vet care and free food and litter and a bunch of happy residents who probably even choose to go there because fo the cats being there, maybe, and why then, does there have to be a hater. The haters always are in positions of power too. That just goes to show you what qulifications you need to do well in our stupid society. I agree with Michael, euthanise the haters and killers.

    Sorry Elisa – I knowits not a very constructive comment and your article is well informed and seems very balanced. I’m just a grumpy s*d about hearing yet another story of cats in paradise being booted by some stupid executive.

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