Pet Therapy in Dementia ~ Cat Review
Product: Joy For All Companion Pets ~ Cat
Price: $109.99 with Free Shipping
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Size: 9” x 15” x 10”, 2.2 pounds
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My Rating: 9 out of 10
This robotic feline has some great features:
- Soft, cuddly, thick. brushable fur
- Beautiful, bright open and close eyes
- Filled with all new materials; all polyester fibers
- Built in sensors enable cat to respond to touch (hugging and petting) and movement (lifts paw, opens mouth, and moves head and body)
- Light-weight body for easy carrying or holding on a lap
- VibraPurr technology gives Kitty authentic purr that feels and sounds like real purring
- Available in 4 different colors–Silver (Gray), Creamy White, Black and White Tuxedo, and Orange Tabby
- Easy set up–Size C batteries included
- Minimal care required–surface wash only with dry cloth
- Comes with user’s guide and manual
- Variety of colors to choose from: Gray, Creamy White, Black & White Tuxedo, Tabby
Benefits of Pet Therapy for Dementia
A pet has some awesome benefits (1), especially for individuals with dementia.
- Companionship – With a pet, a person with dementia won’t feel so alone or abandoned
- Responsibility – The person feels wants to live life because the pet depends on their care and love
- Purpose – The person must get up and dressed to care for the pet who needs him
- Unconditional love – Pets don’t see age, color, illness, anger, fear, forgetfulness
- Happiness – A pet is so soft, cute, furry, and sweet
- Entertainment – Pets encourage many smiles and much laughter
- Socialization – A pet brings residents together in a common interest
- Communication – Resident will talk about her pet, show it to others, and may even let them hold it
- Health – A pet improves physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and nutritional dimensions of well-being
- Safe – This cat doesn’t bite, scratch, carry infections, or cause allergies
- Cost for care – Robotic pets do not shed, eat, poop, pee on your rug, yowl all night, have kittens, need the vet or any other supplies/services
- Fewer negative behaviors – Pets can help reduce anxiety, stress, fear, anger, agitation, aggression
- Lower doses of psychoactive and pain medications – In many cases, having contact with a pet aids in better moods, attitudes and behaviors
Peterson et al. (2016) reported the “average individual in a senior living environment consumes on average 16 to 28 medications per day at an average cost of $1,200-1,500 per month.” Medications such as benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, and painkillers.
The known side effects of medications commonly used to treat dementia-related symptoms include falling, sedation, physical dependence, and worsened heart and chronic conditions(1).
Researchers found that using a robotic pet three times weekly for just 20 minutes each time “significantly reduced the need for these medications” and improved oxygenation and cardiac status among study participants (1).
My memory care community currently has several robotic cats and dogs. I’ve literally witnessed miracles happen with residents and their pets. Pet Therapy absolutely works; robotic pets are worth every penny spent.
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Peterson, S., Houston, S., Qin, H, Tague, C, & Studley, J. (2016). The utilization of robotic pets in dementia care. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease vol 55(2), 569-574.