It’s a known fact that cats can soothe people by lowering their blood pressure and calming them down. However, training a cat to be a therapy animal isn’t always easy since cats usually don’t like doing anything other than sleep, eat, and sleep some more.

That’s why the¬†Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx offers dementia and Alzheimer’s patients time with therapy cats, but since real cats are in short supply, they let patients hug and cuddle robot cats instead.

Unlike real therapy cats, robot therapy cats can be available at all times and never need food, litter boxes, or exercise. Perhaps if robot cats prove useful, more people might prefer a robot cat instead of a real cat.

To read more about how patients are using robotic cats for therapy, click here.