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        My three Cats helped me beat cancer

By Maggie Barry

    A woman who said her cats helped her to beat cancer is inviting other sufferers to stay in her home to experience their

‘Healing powers’.

    Alison Woosnam believes the loving nature and deep purrs of her Norwegian Forest cats had an enormous therapeutic effect

on her.

   And she is now renovating her home in Dufftown, Banffshire, which already has a therapy centre, into a guest house to help other patients.

   The grandmother said “I want people to come to stay with me and my cats. I want them to come in feeling unwell and leave feeling better.”

  She added:”When I got breast cancer I got three cats as part of my recovery. I knew instinctively they would help me with their enormous purrs.”

  “Obviously, there is no cure for cancer, but they helped me, and in ways people do not realise. Just because they are not mainstream, like cancer drugs, doesn’t mean they cannot forget and heal. Pet therapy’s not wacky, it works.”

Article reproduced with permission of Daily Mirror

14-08-2009 Photograph reproduce with permission

by the Northscot Press Agency

Press and Journal Articles and evidence

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Forest cats for therapy questioned

owners say ‘furry terrorists’ could wreak havoc

in hospital wards

Time to let the cats out of the bag

Articles reproduced with permission by Press & Journal

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These two are the youngest of the four Norwegian Forest Therapy cats in training.  All four cats are related!

Photo reproduced with permission by the Northscot Press Agency


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