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Purrfect penpal: Therapy cat keeps in touch with hospice patients with letters

The coronavirus outbreak may have stopped this therapy cat from visiting hospice patients, but Carrots has found his own purrfect way to stay in touch with patients.

By Zoë Monk , 28 Mar 2020

Carrots is a very special cat. The blind ginger moggy lost both his eyes when he was just a little kitten, but that hasn't stopped him helping others.

Therapy cat

Adopted by Katie Lloyd who runs Bradford Cat Watch Rescue, Carrots became a therapy cat visiting the Marie Curie Maudsley Street hospice once a week to bring comfort and happiness to hospice patients.

Carrots loves nothing more than to sit by patients on his visit and be stroked and fussed over as he purrs away.

However, the coronavirus outbreak means that Carrots can no longer visit his hospice friends.

Purrfect penpal

So instead, he's keeping in touch with patients by ‘writing’ letters to his patient pals, with a little help from Katie. The clever cat even has his own letterhead and signs off each letter with a pawprint.

Animal therapy has become well known for improving self-esteem, reducing feelings of anxiety and isolation and generally boosting patients’ happiness.

It's hoped that Carrots will soon start FaceTiming some of his patient pals too.

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