Cats can often be overlooked as therapy animals. But, as cat people know, felines are also a great source of comfort and companionship, and they can be a great addition to therapy animals around the world.
For those who are thinking of signing up their cats as a therapy animal, veterinarian Dr. Anne Valuska gives some of these signs to consider a cat for therapy work.
- A therapy cat will have to interact with people, so a calm temperament and predictable behavior is advisable.
- A good therapy cat can provide physical, psychological, and emotional benefits to those they interact with.
- Pet Partners said great therapy cats have a strong bond with their owners or handlers, and they know a few cues and commands. They are also comfortable walking with a harness and leash on.
- A therapy cat must have an easy-going personality and have a strong bond with their handlers.
- It is also important to know the characteristics of a good animal handler. They must be able to read an interpret their animal companion’s body language and advocate for cat welfare.
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