When a Polish animal shelter brought in a cat suffering from a respiratory infection, they feared that the ailing feline would not survive. Little did they know, they had just welcomed their most effective nurse.
Rademenes is a jet-black cat from Bydgoszcz, Poland. After falling ill to an infection, he was brought to a local animal shelter, where veterinarians gave him a grave prognosis. His will to live proved to be resilient, and the furry little guy managed to survive, according to Shareably.
Not content with just pulling off a miraculous recovery, Rademenes quickly impressed staff members with his uncanny knack for comforting other animals at the shelter.
The feline spends every day nestling up to other cats and dogs, purring against them and licking their ears as they suffer through illness or recover from surgery.
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The shelter's staff have decided against finding the little guy a family. As far as they are concerned, his home is in the shelter as a very unconventional nurse.
Rademenes even has his own Facebook page documenting his acts of delivering his own unique medicine to his fellow animals. The feline's social media profile currently has over 6,000 followers.
While Rademenes provides tender loving care to animals in Poland, his American equivalent gives comfort to the elderly every week. Stanley, a certified therapy cat with a snow-white coat and impressively long whiskers, visits seniors every Friday at the Heritage Assisted Living home in Knoxville, Tennessee.
"Everybody is so happy to see him," Michelle Gardner, Stanley's owner, told WBIR. "I know they know Stanley's name... Some of the residents tell me they think about Stanley during the week, and they have his picture and talk to him."
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Cats like Rademenes and Stanley defy the common perception that felines are far less affectionate or comforting than dogs. Professor of veterinary behavior Sharon Crowell-Davis at the University of Georgia asserts that cats are just as expressive of their affection as their canine counterparts, but humans misinterpret their behavior because they at differently than dogs, according to New York Magazine.
Crowell-Davis notes that cats indicate their trust for humans when they blink slowly, purr when they want affection or are signaling for help, and that their habit of rubbing up against each other and wrapping their tails around each other is "like a human hug."