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Miley the Cat Keeps Ailing Veterans Company [w/pix]
HaloPets.com ^ | 1/7/14 | Caroline Golon

Posted on 01/07/2014 1:32:25 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

There’s an unusual staff member at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center at Fort Miley in San Francisco. He had virtually no job experience before he joined the team, but he’s uniquely qualified for his position.

He’s Miley the Cat and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s been roaming the halls of the center, calming, comforting and keeping the residents company since 2010.

“He calms me down,” resident Clark Wood told the Chronicle. Wood, like many other residents, enjoys Miley’s company and waits patiently for his turn to hold the cat on his lap for some furry therapy.

While residents like to surmise that Miley came out of the woods behind the center one day, strode in and made himself at home, the real story isn’t as dramatic. A former feral, Miley was adopted from the San Francisco SPCA as part of a special program to make VA nursing homes more inviting. From his previous life on the streets, Miley has seen his share of the battlefield and seems to be grateful for his current retirement digs.

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Photo credit: Leah Mills, SF Chronicle
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He has his own little “apartment” in a converted telephone booth, complete with toys, a cat tree and a bed. But he spends most of his time making his rounds or keeping tabs on goings on from various chairs – or laps - throughout the center or from atop a computer at the nurse’s station.

Miley also meets visitors at the elevator and follows them wherever they’re headed. Not surprisingly, visiting kids take a special liking to the friendly cat, who puts them at ease.

During his frequent rounds, Miley checks on his patients, one time even raising the alarm when resident Pat Collins was having a seizure. The cat jumped off the man’s bed and ran across the hall to Wood’s closed door, mewing incessantly. “I’ve never heard him cry before and I’ve been here quite a while,” Wood told the Chronicle. “He was trying to tell me that Pat was having a seizure.”

Miley takes his duties seriously. He jumps up onto the patients’ beds for a visual (and likely a chin scratch) and is known for his impeccable timing – arriving just as dinner is being served.

As much love and attention as Miley gives, he gets plenty in return. The residents dote on him. “He’s cute as the devil,” another resident Arnold Levagetto tells the Chronicle. “Animals are very good for patients. It’s undivided love.”


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping
BONUS: This Miley doesn't twerk.

Pix at source.

1 posted on 01/07/2014 1:32:25 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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2 posted on 01/07/2014 1:33:17 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’m surprised SF activists haven’t clamored to change the name to Kilometry...


3 posted on 01/07/2014 1:40:05 PM PST by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Allie, a big gray tabby alley cat who moved into my mother’s nursing home and made herself at home, played a similar role.


4 posted on 01/07/2014 1:49:53 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

They know where they’re needed.


5 posted on 01/07/2014 1:58:24 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: chajin

As long as he marries another tomcat he’s welcome in SF.


6 posted on 01/07/2014 1:59:16 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
As often is the case, cats decide to do these things themselves.

That is their gift to us.

7 posted on 01/07/2014 2:07:02 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: doorgunner69

And they demand so little in return. ;^)


8 posted on 01/07/2014 2:12:50 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Miley looks like the cat that we have. We very reluctantly took him in, in March, caving to my daughter’s tearful pleas that he would not have a good life at his prior home. (My daughter is 25. HA) Anyway, we are completely in love with the cat, and he is having a great life with us.


9 posted on 01/07/2014 2:23:04 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: Slings and Arrows

“BONUS: This Miley doesn’t twerk.”

Only if she’s been fixed. There ain’t nothin’ on God’s green earth sluttier than an unspayed cat.


10 posted on 01/07/2014 2:29:17 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: NEMDF

Welcome to the service of our Feline Overlords.


11 posted on 01/07/2014 2:35:47 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

This Miley’s a he.

I didn’t name him.


12 posted on 01/07/2014 2:36:46 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Dogs have Masters, Cats have Staffs... we have found to be true.


13 posted on 01/07/2014 2:44:18 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
There ain’t nothin’ on God’s green earth sluttier than an unspayed cat.


14 posted on 01/07/2014 2:47:49 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Slings and Arrows

I was watching something on MSNBC one Saturday about how they let rescued cats roam Indiana State Prisons.


15 posted on 01/07/2014 4:06:32 PM PST by Perdogg (Ted Cruz-Rand Paul 2016)
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/cat-caught-sneaking-tools-phone-into-brazilian-prison/article6972160/

And used for smuggling.


16 posted on 01/07/2014 5:06:58 PM PST by Daffynition (It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so.)
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