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Nigel the Cat stealing hearts in Houston

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Houston, MN (WXOW) -

The roles animals play in our lives goes far beyond companionship.

The medical field has documented improvements in patients conditions whether it be physical or emotional.

Senior living facilities are among the places animals can work their wonders.

You might think a cat in a stroller is strange, but around here it's quite common

Nigel, a two-year-old Abyssinian, goes door to door in his stroller spreading good cheer.

Resident Joyce Fitting enjoys spending time with Nigel.  "I think it's one of the best things you could do. Because I don't really know anyone who doesn't like cats."

Dr. Janet Veit, a Veterinarian who use to call herself a "dog person" said Nigel helped her understand the bond her patients and their pets have.

"I've always considered myself a dog person. I had cats when I was a kid growing up on a farm but I never had an indoor house cat, so he and his sister were my introduction to house cats and I had no idea the bond that people had with their cats. And I understand it and I get that now. I didn't get it before and I get it now. "

Doris Risler also enjoys visiting with Nigel. "They're so pretty. They are so loving. They like to be hugged and snuggled, which is fun."

Judy Munson is the Activities Director at Valley View and says the animals are a hit. "We've even had snakes and crocodiles, all different kind of animals and staff do bring their dogs. I think it's wonderful because animals give unconditional love so they're very special."

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