The Finding of a Therapy Cat: a series about Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat (retired) and our journey together.
By Mollie Hunt
Part 30: The Bed
What made Tinkerbelle a good therapy cat? I get this question often. All cats are different and suit different emotional needs, but on reflection, Tinkerbelle’s ability for success involved her bed.
Tinkerbelle had a plum-colored velvet bed that we took with us to visits. Once we were with a patient, I would put the bed on their lap, the arm of their chair, or alongside them on their own bed. Then Tink would arrange her furry self wherever that bed was. For the next hour, she would recline like a queen, accepting her pets and loves.
She also liked being carried in the bed. In common rooms, I would carry her from person to person, her own private chauffeur. She never wanted to jump down or explore. As long as she was in her bed, she was happy.
Some therapy cats like to roam on their leash. Some are curious. Tinkerbelle liked to rest and relax, and she passed her comfort on to everyone she met.
Tinkerbelle served for four years as a registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat, visiting assisted living facilities and hospice patients. Tink is now retired and living a quiet life. Check out her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TinkerbelleTheTherapyCat/
About Mollie Hunt: Native Oregonian Mollie Hunt has always had an affinity for cats, so it was a short step for her to become a cat writer. Mollie is the author of THE CRAZY CAT LADY COZY MYSTERY SERIES, featuring Portlander Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. The 3rd in the series, CAT’S PAW, was a finalist for the 2016 Mystery & Mayhem Book Award, and the 5th, CAT CAFÉ, won the World’s Best Cat Litter-ary Award in 2019. Mollie also published a non-cat mystery, PLACID RIVER RUNS DEEP, which delves into murder, obsession, and the challenge of chronic illness in bucolic southwest Washington. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, THE DREAM SPINNER, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion. She has a little book of Cat Poems as well.
Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and NIWA. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and a varying number of cats. A longtime volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society, she socializes sad, fearful, and behavior-challenged cats. She also fosters sick and elderly cats in her home. In 2014, she had the privilege to work with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy on a particularly thought-provoking case.
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