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ForestWind Zoran's Begins Therapy Cat Training

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

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Forest Wind Zoran is a 4 months and is gentle, caring and big boy. The photo was taken when he was only a month old. He is playing with Mattie a lovely young woman who is living with a disability.  He was so gentle  with her,  that I started considering if he would make a good therapy cat.



 When people think of therapy pets they tend to think of dogs. But Siberian cats can have low allergen levels and are so good with people I decided to research training Zoran as a Therapy Cat.

I learned that he had to be one year old before he could be formally trained. There is even a class that one can do on-line since it is not offered in my area, and then we would met up with a certified trainer for a test, He needed to be able to have a harness but not needing to walk with it, sit on people’s  lap while being content and be ok with loud noises,

I decided it would be good to start young so I got a harness.  The kitten ones was too small and the cat was too big, so I got a small puppy one that he is fine wearing. 

This week we start at a local nursing home.  I need to show proof of vaccinations and he could visit.  We visited two floors and people loved it, he truly enjoys the attention and seems to know to be calm and peaceful while being held by the patients. There were lots of buzzers and other loud noises that he handled well.

We brought such joy to people during our visit, and Zoran did great the entire time. He let people hold him, pet him, and best of all he purred, purrred, purred! 

Many people shared stories of their cats from their lives. 

We are looking forward to our next visit as after an hour we only made it to two floors there were so many people who wanted to hold Zoran and see him.

People did ask if he was declawed,  They did this as they felt his paw, because they did not feel his claws when they held his paws and played with them. Zoran has a natural sense of being gentle.I touch and play with his paws often so he is accustomed to it.

So proud of my little (big) boy,

Sandy

Categories: Behavior, Appearance