Lincoln Pet Culture’s series of interviews with therapy cats resumes this week! My therapy cat Rainy sat down to do an online interview with Millie. She is certified through Love on a Leash and spreads sunshine to seniors and children in New York. Rainy’s interview with Millie appeared earlier this month on Instagram.
RAINY: Why did your Mom and Dad want you to become a therapy cat?
MILLIE: When Mom and Dad picked me at the rescue, they wanted me to be there for Mom when she had anxiety which mostly happened outside the house. They got me comfortable with the harness and brought me to come local outdoor events. Many people wanted to say hi to me and I loved the attention. Mom and Dad decided to look into me helping people!
RAINY: How did your Mom and Dad prepare you to become a therapy cat?
MILLIE: After I got comfortable with being in my harness, Mom wanted to make sure that I’d never be scared when I was outside of my house.
First, she got me comfortable in the car. Dad let me walk around the driveway to get comfortable with my home, first on my leash and now without. I get out of the car and go in the house all by myself now!
Mom got permission from the local mall to bring me there for visits, so I could get comfortable around groups of people and loud noises. I also spent time at Lowe’s. They allow pets and there are lots of interesting smells and noises there!
RAINY: Why do you like being a therapy cat?
MILLIE: I get to meet all different kinds of people. They give me lots of pets and sometimes mom lets my new friends give me special treats. I love that I can make people happy when they are having bad days or help people relax when they are stressed out!
RAINY: Tell me the story of how your Mom got you.
MILLIE: Before I met my mom, a very nice lady found me and my brother in a dumpster outside of a laundromat just before winter started. I was only three months old. I lived in a big room with a whole bunch of other cats. I didn’t like it there.
I was so happy when my mom and dad came in and picked me! I went to live with them the next day. I was so happy to be in a home that I didn’t even hide when I first came home. Now I basically run the place!
RAINY: Tell me more about your family members.
MILLIE: It’s just me, my mom, and my dad. I’m their only baby, and I get all of their attention. I like hanging out with my grandpa too!
RAINY: How do you react to other therapy cats and/or dogs?
MILLIE: I like other cats in public just fine as long as they are respectful of my personal space. I like dogs much better. A brown dog licked my nose once and I didn’t really mind. I do get a bit jealous when my mom shows the dogs some love!
RAINY: As a long-time therapy cat, what advice do you have for newcomers?
MILLIE: Our job is really important, so always listen to your mom and dad when you’re out of the house. They know what’s best for us and want to keep us safe. It is also important that between visits to spend time learning new things!
RAINY: What ways do you cause your Mom trouble?
MILLIE: I don’t like to cause too much trouble, and so I don’t knock things over or scratch where I’m not supposed to. At the same time, I do lots of things that make mom nervous, such as climb up high on to a book case. My favorite thing to do is sit on the bottom of my scratching post while my dad picks me up and flies me around the living room!
RAINY: What ways do you make your mom happy?
MILLIE: My mom’s favorite thing in the world is when I stand on her head when she’s laying in bed trying to fall asleep. I never do that to my dad, so she knows that is our special moment! I also like to sleep on mom at night!
RAINY: Why did you start a fan page?
MILLIE: My mom made a fan page for me, so that the people I visit at the group home can see pictures of me between visits. Also, I’m a lot more shy in public, and so I don’t really like to talk or do tricks on in front of other people. On my page, mom can show my fans all the fun things I only do at home!