Mews and Nips: Cat Provides Healing Purrs at VA Medical Center
Miley, a former alley cat who has been adopted as the mascot and chief calming agent for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Fort Miley in San Francisco. SF Gate reports that Miley has been living at the facility for about three years. “I think [getting Miley] changed the way we view this place,” said Social Worker Lisa Dipko. “We see it as a home now,” she added. Miley has been known to welcome new patients by visiting their rooms and sleeping with them for the first few days they arrive. The staff says he “goes on rounds”, walking down the hallways and checking in on all of the patients. For more about Miley, and to see heartwarming photos of his “work” at the center, please visit SF Gate.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we shared important information about a common feline virus in Feline Calicivirus: Not Your Common Cold, on Tuesday, we reviewed Tiger Teaser Toys, on Wednesday, we told you how you can help the Santa Paws Drive aims to bring some holiday joy to shelter pets, and on Friday, we reviewed David Michie’s The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a custom kitty hammock from RadPet.
Just in time for the holidays, here’s a new Simon’s Cat video for you! I had a chance to sit down with Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield two weeks ago. If you missed it, click here to read my interview with Simon.
Have a great weekend!
Photo credit: Leah Mills, The Chronicle, via SF Gate