“She loves to be petted,” Boudens said. “To be able to come down here every day and play with her is great.”
Boudens is a resident at the Silvera for Seniors – Valleyview supportive living building in southeast Calgary.
Staff there have put in a new custom-built “cat room” in which residents can visit with Lily, who has become a “pandemic pet” for dozens of seniors to share.
“Residents have been asking for a cat specifically, and pet companionship is so great for mental health,” Silvera’s Taylor Stewart said. “With COVID(-19) and all the restrictions, it felt like the perfect time to bring a cat here.
Connecting with Lily has provided a big boost for the seniors after months of COVID-19 restrictions limiting visitors.
“It was hard,” Boudens said. “I like seeing my daughter and it was hard not to be able to see her.”
Lily is at the building as part of a partnership with the Calgary Humane Society. She’ll soon make way for a succession of other guests in the cat room.