An 88-year-old grandad with dementia was gifted with a robotic cat whilst in hospital, and his reaction was priceless!
A family banded together to purchase a robotic cat for their 88-year-old father in the final stages of dementia and his reaction to the present is so heartwarming.
Cheryl Yates, a woman from Ontario, Canada, knew that her father, Bob, was a true animal lover. Throughout his life, he had donated to humane societies and animal shelters. He also took time to find loving homes for strays and handed many homeless animals over to shelters.
Although Bob had a great love for dogs, he had a special place in his heart for cats. In fact, he had raised over nine felines as they made him so joyful.
So one day, Cheryl and Bob’s other family members took the furry companion to the hospital for Bob to finally meet his new fluffball. And his reaction was priceless!
For the entire day, the smile was plastered on Bob’s face and Cheryl was incredibly moved by the reaction, she couldn’t help but cry tears of happiness at the sight of dad so blissfully happy.
She took to Facebook to share the heartwarming story: “My father loves cats and dogs, especially cats. He was a real cat man and always had cats.
“For Christmas, we bought him a Joy For All robotic lifelike companion cat in his favourite orange and white tabby colour. This kitty is amazing, totally interactive, and responds to petting, human touch, and voice. This robotic cat purrs, meows and licks its paws. It rolls over, blinks, and head butts. My dad LOVES this cat so much.”
The robotic cat – who Bob decided to name Buddy – brought a great deal of joy and comfort to the elderly man. To him, it was a real-life cat and he wanted to hold the kitten in his arm constantly.
Since having Buddy, Cheryl has noted that her dad is much calmer and even the nurses in the hospital said they had noticed a difference in Bob that had blown them away.
If you know anyone who would love a robotic cat, you can purchase one at Joy For All Lifelike Companion Pet Cat for the price of $99.99. The cats come in silver with white mitts, black with white mitts, and an orange tabby.