When most terminally ill patients are in a hospital, they must simply wait for the end to come. This is often a sad or depressing moment for these patients. That’s why patients at the UCSF Medical Center have a better option.
The medical center has a therapy cat named Duke Ellington. Duke is a part of an animal-assisted therapy program that allows for shelter pets to visit critically ill patients to help reduce blood pressure, pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. After all, would you rather stare at your relatives all day long or pet a cat?