Everyone knows that just having a cat around and petting it can lower your blood pressure and soothe your nerves — right before the cat starts howling and ordering you to feed it as often as possible. So if you have a cooperative cat (which pretty much eliminates 100 percent of the cats out there), you can train it as a certified pet therapist so it can help others.

The basic requirements for being ┬ápet therapist includes a cat that’s comfortable in a harness with up to date vaccination shots.

Cats also must meet a minimum age requirement such as one year old, and be familiar to its handler for at least six months.

The ideal therapy cat is friendly and shows no aggression toward strangers or other animals. Cats should also be comfortable with loud noises and unpredictable situations, which makes retired show cats ideal since they’re used to frequent handling and being around crowds of people.

If you think your cat might make a good pet therapist, read more here.