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Therapy From Cats
October 8, 2008   
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Since last year, every issue of the Kocie sprawy magazine about cats has contained information on so-called feline therapy, which is a form of animal-assisted therapy. In Poland, this form of therapy is not widely known, but articles in Kocie sprawy have made readers more familiar with the term.

Kocie sprawy held the first Feline Therapy Days event Sept. 13 and 14, comprising a conference on therapy involving cats and a feline therapy class conducted by Poland's first therapist specializing in this form of treatment, Mirosław T. Wende from the city of Toruń.

The Rampa Theater hosted a gala with special guest Krystyna Sienkiewicz, a well-known Polish actress and a well-known cat lover. Kocie sprawy awarded her the title of "ambassador of Polish feline therapy."

The United States, Sweden, Denmark and Germany are some of the countries where contact with cats has long been used as a highly efficient form of therapy for children, adults and senior citizens. It is even used in prisons as therapy for convicts. The results are excellent. Feline therapy significantly reduces the cost of medicines administered to patients. Cats have a soothing effect on prisoners, autistic children find they can connect with the animals and children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) become calmer.

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