Robotic cats provide companionship

Robotic cats provide companionship

The residents of Good Samaritan Society in Manson, Iowa, have welcomed some new furry companions into their home. But unlike the typical pet, these kitties don’t require food, litter boxes or regular vet visits.

The long-term care community now has two new robotic cats, supported by gifts made through the Good Samaritan Foundation. The companions tote the benefits of therapy animals without the maintenance and allergens of a real pet.

“These new pets have provided so much happiness in our home,” said Activity Director Cassie Bax. “The robotic pets put smiles on our residents’ faces time and time again.”

The cats have soft fur and employ motion sensors to stimulate realistic behaviors, including vibrations as they purr.

"I just love my kitty” said resident Almeda Gordon. “I could just cuddle up to him every day.”

As activity director, Cassie has watched the robotic cats soothe members of the community, especially those with memory loss and dementia. The kitties also help reduce loneliness and anxiety and make their companions feel more at home in the long-term care community.

“The robotic cats may even remind residents of pets they used to have, which gives them a familiar sense and assures them they are close to home in our community,” Cassie said.

That’s the case for Don Patz, an animal-lover who had several cats before moving to the Good Samaritan Society.

Thank you to our generous donors who give through the Good Samaritan Foundation to support residents in communities like Manson, Iowa. You help enrich the lives of seniors in countless ways.

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