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December 7, 2013 11 Comments

Mews and Nips: Cat Provides Healing Purrs at VA Medical Center

Posted by Ingrid

Miley healing cat

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

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11 Responses to “Mews and Nips: Cat Provides Healing Purrs at VA Medical Center”

  1. Sammy says:

    What a special guy Miley is…..if I wasn’t so shy, that’s the kind of job I’d like to have. Making humans feel good when they’re probably not. I love hearing about cats who have special talent or special relationships – we really are so much more than “just a cat” when we have a chance to be!


  2. June Ferley says:

    Cats are wonderful if you are ill. When I was going through chemo for ovarian cancer my grown children said, after they researched, I needed to get rid of my cats. At a family meeting with my Oncologist they brought this up and the doctors reply was, “No, Mom does not get rid of her cats, but someone else will clean the litter box! Mom keeps her cats!”. My cats were such a wonderful comfort to me during the entire ordeal. Cats help us to heal!!

    • Ingrid says:

      I’m glad your oncologist saw the importance of you keeping your cats, June – far too few physicians understand the healing power of pets during treatment.

  3. What a wonderful cat! Miley not only has a great life and home, but he’s bringing joy to SO many people. I’m especially touched that he welcomes new people and sleeps with them for a few days. How special is that!!!? As I’m working with Waffles and paying visits to the nursing home near our house, it’s all sinking in and making me realize how heartbreaking it would be to not have my kitties anymore. I hope that Waffles is able to touch in particular those that have had to give up their pets.

    Miley is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing his story.

  4. viki worden says:

    Miley sounds like an awesome cat. I believe this is his calling. Every kitty has a purpose in life. I know my four each serve a special purpose in my life, individually and together.

  5. Sue Brandes says:

    Miley sounds like a very special cat. I love hearing stories like this.

  6. I ADORE stories like this! YAY MILEY!

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