Showing posts with label therapy cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label therapy cats. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Veteran with PTSD grabbed 30 lb Meatloaf for comfort

Sad update! 
Meatloaf the Cat has passed on to kitty heaven. The 30-pound cat went viral after King's Harvest Pet Shelter in Davenport posted a picture of the adoptable chunky cat. 
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30-lb shelter cat ‘Meatloaf' adopted by veteran in Iowa to help with PTSD
WSB TV Atlanta
By: Lauren Padgett, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Updated: Aug 21, 2018
A 30-pound cat, named Meatloaf (not pictured) was adopted from a shelter in Davenport, Iowa, by a veteran suffering from PTSD. Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images
DAVENPORT, Iowa - A shelter cat who became internet-famous for his physique has found a new home with an Iraq veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Meatloaf, a 30-pound cat, was put up for adoption by King’s Harvest Animal Shelter in Davenport, Iowa, after his older owners weren’t able to take care of him, according to the Des Moines Register.
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Comfort Cats Roam VA Hospital in Massachusetts

Cats offer comfort to veterans in final moments at VA hospital in Western Massachusetts
Michelle Williams
August 18, 2017

At the VAMC, staff have noticed quality of life improvements in some veterans, thanks to the cats. 

From a hospital bed on the second floor of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leeds, a hushed meow could be heard. 

Michelle Williams | Michelle.Williams@MassLive.comTherapy cats of Veterans Administration Medical Center in LeedsMadison and Zoe are therapy cats at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leeds. The pair roam the halls seeking attention from staff and offer comfort to patients, often at the end of their lives.

People were talking outside the room Madison, a sandy blonde cat, was sleeping within. 
This bed and most others on the floor are where she and fellow feline Zoe enjoy taking naps and seeking attention from patients and staff. 
The pair are therapy cats, offering comfort to veterans receiving long-term care at the hospital. 
Madison and Zoe were adopted four years ago when the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs relaxed its stance on comfort animals. 
Soon after hearing the news, officials at the Western Massachusetts hospital began researching their options.