Kittens proved the purr-fect companions for people with mental health issues as part of an animal sensory session at a Gloucester care scheme.
The furry felines were treated as VIPs at the Carmel Care scheme where residents were allowed to hold, stroke and feed them.
The session is part of ongoing sensory therapy which has proven to help people diagnosed with mental health issues and can achieve increased health, well-being and quality of life.
Care scheme manager Maja Chyll said: “Pets bring great benefits to all of us—companionship, unconditional love, and fun. By their very nature, pets do not judge, and they are not critical.
“For people diagnosed with mental health issues their very presence can help with anxiety, agitation and depression. Animal Therapy is a stimulating and exciting addition to traditional therapeutic methods. Often animals make a huge impact on adults that are often unable to express their feelings to other people.
“The session proved a big success with the people we support and they wanted the cats to stay on as the scheme’s pets.”
Resident Amelia Holmes said: “It was lovely to hold and pet the kittens. They were really friendly and loving. I am looking forward to seeing what animals will visit us next.”
Carmel Care is part of Valorum Care Group which supports more than 1,000 services users in schemes around England.
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