Patricia Write and her husband Bob have always had had pets around to keep them company, in fact, with Bob being a retired veterinarian having animals around has always been something that brought him a lot of comforts.
When Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease back in 2002 it became increasingly more difficult to find things that brought him joy. It seemed like nothing he used to love made him smile anymore except for one thing – his beloved cat Mooshu!
Now, we know that cats can bring joy to even the most stony-hearted of individuals, but there’s just something between Mooshu and Bob that makes their relationship particularly special.
Mooshu arrived in Bob and Patricia’s family in 2002
And it didn’t take the sweet boy long to realize that his new family was in particular need of some tender love and care. It’s lucky that Mooshu is such an affectionate, social cat who’s always up for a snuggle and some attention from any human who will give it.
“Bob kept asking for a cat in his lap, so I kept picking Mooshu up and putting him in Bob’s lap,” Patricia said in an interview. “Now he’s there all the time and he sleeps in his (Bob’s) arms at night.”
Mooshu and his Dad have a special bond
Not to be overlooked is the couple’s other cats, Norman, and while he’s a sweet cat there’s an understanding between Bob and Mooshu that has created more than just a human-cat friendship. Mooshu seems to understand that his human needs more love, comfort, and tenderness than others, and is more than willing to give him everything he needs.
Patricia says: “I kinda think he does know that his dad needs him more now than before.”…”When Bob gets his shower, Moosh is the one who is in there meowing and rubbing against him like he’s trying to make sure he’s okay.”
Mooshu spends as much time with his dad as a cat possibly can
But for the rare moments when Mooshu needs to go off and run some cat-related errands, Patricia got a little creative in finding a best friend substitute. She did the best thing she could think of to keep Bob from getting upset when Mooshu wasn’t around to comfort him.
“Bob was so happy with Moosh on his lap and it kept him so calm that he wasn’t happy unless the cat was there.” She said. “I had to buy him a robot cat to keep him company when Moosh was off doing cat stuff.”
At first, Mooshu was a little uncomfortable with the robot cat
It looks a little time to adjust to having the share Bob’s lap space, but Mooshu has learned to put up with the Robo kitty, and I’m sure he understands that when he’s off exploring Bob still has company to keep him happy.
Living with Alzheimer’s isn’t easy
Some days can be hard, and some days can be harder than hard, but as long as Mooshu is around there’s nothing that this family can’t get through together.
“Moosh is the one thing that Bob still enjoys,” said Patricia. “He used to be a veterinarian, so animal contact is very important to him, and Moosh willingly supplies it all the time.”
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