Tom, a 7-year-old rescue cat in Salem, VA, provides hospice care to patients at the VA Hospital in Salem, VA. Tom freely roams the hospice ward like a doctor making his rounds, nibbles treats sneaked to him by patients, and brings comfort to old soldiers and their families during an emotional time. When the staff first adopted Tom, they weren’t sure whether patients would approve. Now, it’s hard for them to imagine life in the ward without Tom. Families have thanked the staff for Tom’s calming presence. He’s even become the subject of a children’s book written by a local first-time author, whose own father died in the hospice and palliative care unit in 2012. For more about Tom and his amazing gift, read the full story on The Roanoke Times.
If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we offered tips on how to reduce the stress of Halloween for your cats and to keep them safe and we introduced you to a new food bowl design by Dr. Catsby, on Tuesday, Allegra and Ruby reviewed a super comfy cat bed, on Wednesday, we told you about a campaign sponsored by Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter to leave cancer in the dust, and on Friday, we reviewed Clea Simon’s new book, Stages of Grey (and you can win an autographed copy.) And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for an assortment of toys from the new Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate!
I am impressed by the cat in today’s video – now that’s how you play Jenga!
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Have a great weekend!
Photo via The Roanoke Times