Skip to comments.Miley the Cat Keeps Ailing Veterans Company [w/pix]
Posted on 01/07/2014 1:32:25 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
Theres an unusual staff member at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Fort Miley in San Francisco. He had virtually no job experience before he joined the team, but hes uniquely qualified for his position.
Hes Miley the Cat and, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, hes 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 Mileys 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 isnt 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.
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 nurses station.
Miley also meets visitors at the elevator and follows them wherever theyre 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 mans bed and ran across the hall to Woods closed door, mewing incessantly. Ive never heard him cry before and Ive 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. Hes cute as the devil, another resident Arnold Levagetto tells the Chronicle. Animals are very good for patients. Its undivided love.
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I’m surprised SF activists haven’t clamored to change the name to Kilometry...
Allie, a big gray tabby alley cat who moved into my mother’s nursing home and made herself at home, played a similar role.
They know where they’re needed.
As long as he marries another tomcat he’s welcome in SF.
That is their gift to us.
And they demand so little in return. ;^)
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.
“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.
Welcome to the service of our Feline Overlords.
This Miley’s a he.
I didn’t name him.
Dogs have Masters, Cats have Staffs... we have found to be true.
There aint nothin on Gods green earth sluttier than an unspayed cat.
I was watching something on MSNBC one Saturday about how they let rescued cats roam Indiana State Prisons.
And used for smuggling.