Monday, October 10, 2011

How Pets Assist With Caregiving

If you are caring for a loved one, you've probably noticed that our pets, whether it be a favorite cat or a dog, can sometimes provide tremendous comfort for those that we are caring for. Our cat Hershey used to love to lay on the recliner or bed with Grandma and snuggle up against her leg or side. She had Alzheimer's disease and was unable to move around on her own or communicate much and sometimes she would be anxious or agitated, but she seemed to be particularly peaceful when Hershey was laying besider her. What was particularly interesting is if Hershey was laying on the kid's bed or next to them and their legs were under the covers he woud go after them and play like most cats do, but not with Grandma. He seemed to sense what she needed most, and he would not paw at her feet or anything like that, but instead, he would lie peacefully beside her and just be a comfort to her.

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