Robotic cat is the ‘purrfect’ company for our Ravensdale residents

6 August 2020

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Research has shown that there’s connection between health and animals – we all know how much happiness a pet can bring to your life.

That’s why our Ravensdale complex needs care home in Leeds has welcomed Sarah, a robotic cat, into the home – and she’s the purrfect way for feline fans to find their furry fix.

Cat to the future

With Sarah's tuxedo-style, black and white markings, the robotic cat looks like a normal house cat. Meows and purrs seem to flow flawlessly through the cat's fur and whiskers - and it even rolls over for tummy rubs.

The cat’s proven a hit with Val, a Ravensdale resident, who used to keep pet cats. Now, she enjoys spending time with Sarah.

Earlier this year, when the robotic cat arrived at Ravensdale, Val’s Care Team saw a boost to her wellbeing and verbal skills after just one day.

Pawfully familiar

“Val spending time with the cat really enhanced her communications and interaction with us,” says Ravensdale’s Home Manager, Lynda Holden.

“Val strokes her, carries her and even took her to bed with her one night - all tucked up.”

The cat, one of two at Ravensdale, was a kind donation from the Rotary Club of Wakefield, who have donated robotic cats to every home in the area.

The benefits of pet therapy for care home residents

Research has shown that there’s a connection between health and animals, especially for people living in care homes who may be at risk of isolation.

There’s the physical benefits of having pets such as cats, which encourages people to be more active, as well as the social and psychological benefits linked with reduced loneliness and increased engagement.

Lynda is grateful and excited about how robotic cats may help people living with many different needs. “The therapeutic benefits for our residents, not only for people living with dementia but other complex conditions, including Huntington’s disease, are huge,” she adds.