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Therapy cat

NikkiA

Site Supporter
#1
Our vet told me he thought D would make a good therapy pet, so I am considering it.

Last night I went to the local SPCA to attend a therapy pet session.

D, our F5 boy, has never met a human he does not like, adapts well to changes in his routine, and loves to go on adventures outside the house. He is a bit hesitant around dogs, but not terrified. He likes to meet new people, is comfortable with being touched everywhere, and perfectly happy even when a child is rough with him.

His test is not for about a month, I thought I would ask if anyone else has a therapy pet? Do you think it is a good experience for your pet? Does your pet enjoy it?

Do you have any suggestions?
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#2
Kristine has had a couple of Savannahs that were trained as therapy pets and I think she's had great success with them. Hopefully she will be reading the board soon and share some of her experiences.
 

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Paige
Staff member
#3
Nikki, that is what i wasn't to do with Taj.i didn't know NJ had classes on therapy pets. How did you find out about it?

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Brigitte Cowell

Moderator
Staff member
#4
As Patti says, Kristine has a couple Savannahs certified as therapy pets and they do so much good! It's a really wonderful thing to pursue, imho, best of luck!
 

NikkiA

Site Supporter
#6
Nikki, that is what i wasn't to do with Taj.i didn't know NJ had classes on therapy pets. How did you find out about it?

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I am doing it through Monmouth County SPCA. They have a therapy cat program as well as a therapy dog program. My vet, Dr. Stockett, suggested the program to me. The Monmouth County SPCA does an initial seminar for the humans, and talks to you about what your pet will need to be able to do and tolerate, and then tests you and your animal together. I picked Monmouth because that is the local SPCA I already support, and because they don't have any breed restrictions for therapy pets. This is the SPCA's page that talks about their program (very briefly) http://monmouthcountyspca.org/education/certified-pet-therapy-program/.
 

wolviechick121

Savannah Super Cat
#7
I was actually thinking about this very thing. I have a friend of my boyfriend who is currently having their dog go through the training it takes to become a therapy dog for elderly and for rehabilitation programs! I think it would be a great thing! Cats are already so calming! I know savannahs are more energetic, though. So I was wondering about this as well! I know I would be more than overjoyed if I was in a home and a savannah came to make regular visits to me!! haha
 

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Paige
Staff member
#8
I am doing it through Monmouth County SPCA. They have a therapy cat program as well as a therapy dog program. My vet, Dr. Stockett, suggested the program to me. The Monmouth County SPCA does an initial seminar for the humans, and talks to you about what your pet will need to be able to do and tolerate, and then tests you and your animal together. I picked Monmouth because that is the local SPCA I already support, and because they don't have any breed restrictions for therapy pets. This is the SPCA's page that talks about their program (very briefly) http://monmouthcountyspca.org/education/certified-pet-therapy-program/.
Thanks Nikki!