Dementia is a very difficult disease, not only on those who suffer from it but on the entire family. Cheryl Yates is someone who knows the truth of that statement all too well because her 88-year-old father, Bob, was dealing with the final stages of Lewy body dementia.
Bob had raised nine cats over his lifetime and absolutely loved each and every one of them. He missed his furry companions but he couldn’t leave the hospital. That is when Cheryl came up with a plan along with her family. They purchased a robotic cat for their father from Joy for All, a company owned by Hasbro that has the desire to “bring comfort, companionship, and fun to elder loved ones,” Cheryl Yates, a woman from Ontario, Canada, recently banded together with her family to help her 88-year-old father, Bob, though the final stages of dementia. A cat-lover his entire life — raising nine felines in total, at one point — Bob began asking for his kitties more often. Since he’s restricted to his hospital bed, Cheryl recently bought her dad a robotic cat from Ageless Innovation’s Joy For All — a company dedicated to helping our aging loved ones — and naturally, it made Bob’s day.
“My father loves cats and dogs, especially cats. He was a real cat man and always had cats,” Cheryl wrote in a Facebook post. “For Christmas, we bought him a Joy For All robotic lifelike companion cat in his favorite orange and white tabby color. This kitty is amazing, totally interactive, and responds to petting, human touch, and voice. This robotic cat purrs, meows and licks its paws. It rolls over, blinks, and head butts. My dad LOVES this cat so much. He named his kitty Buddy and my dad is so much happier and calmer and this cat brings him so much comfort and companionship.”