Robocat Valentine their purr- fect pet
A nursing home has welcomed a new resident with four furry paws.
Windyhall Nursing Home in Ayr have introduced a therapy robot cat which provides comfort to elderly dementia residents.
The feline friend, named Valentine, looks, feels and sounds like a real cat but doesn’t require any special care or feeding.
Valentine has built in sensors which responds to motion and touch like petting and hugging.
The cat helps soothe the agitation and anxiety that often accompany dementia and Alzheimers.
Pauline Perratt, Manager of Windyhall Nursing Home, said: “I had heard about these before and attended a care conference in Glasgow in November where they had the stall with them.
“I decided to buy one as I thought this would be beneficial to residents, particularly dementia residents.
“When I brought this cat into the home and gave it to one of my ladies who has dementia, she sat and talked away and stroked it - it bought a smile and tear to my eye.
“Many of our residents would have had cats and dogs and this cat can bring a memory back to life for them. She now has a collar on and we are going to buy her a small bed.”
purr- fect pal Elizabeth Ferguson enjoying time with Valentine. Inset, left, the robocat has settled in nicely at the care home
feline fine Geoffrey Watson with Valentine