Robo­cat Valen­tine their purr- fect pet

Ayrshire Post - - Around Ayr -

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

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