Service Cats: Just What Is Kitty Capable Of

Meowllo and welcome to Service Cat Monday. One of da things mommy hears most offen when tellin’ peeps ‘bout us is, “Service Cats? I’ve never heard of a cat being a service animal?” And then da next biggest question is, “What do they do?” Once mommy tells a few of da things we do fur her peeps jaws drop a bit; some in disbelief and some in awe. We’ve covered a lot of topics in this series, includin’ trainin’ tips dat every kitty could benefit from. So, ifin you’ve missed any of our postys, purrlease click on da links at da end of this post. As with all our educational postys, da followin’ will be written in human English. Purrlease leave your questions, comments or topics you would like covered in da comment section below. We’ll be discussin’ da last of da questions we’ve received today. So without further adieu, let’s get on with it.

 Dezi laying in wheelchair

When people hear that mommy passes out and that we help her in the shower, it probably conjures all kinds of pictures in ones head. We guess that based on the question mommy is asked. And our friends Shoko, Kali and awnty Jean of the Canadian Cats made certain to ask, “Just what can an average cat do to help you in the shower? How do they Move you?” For all of you that are new to our blog, let us back up a minute and explain what they’re talking about. See, mommy passes out. This happens for many different reasons, none the less it happens daily and often while she’s taking a shower. And it was Shad, mommys’ first ever Service Cat that trained herself and showed mommy what a kitty is capable of. You can read Shad’s story here and here. Please be aware the Shad posts were not educational training posts and are therefore written in cat speak. Anyways, the question remains, just what is it that the average cat can do to help an unconscious human? After all, the average cat weighs in at about 8 to 10 pounds and hates water.

SHAD, Mommy's Original Service Cat
Shad, Mommy’s Original Service Cat

As most of you know mommy has rather large kitties. She always has. Even Shad, who weighed in at 15 pounds, was considered large. And yes, at 15 pounds she was healthy and not considered overweight. Shad was amazing, and without her there might not be a me or sis Raena. But mommy did learn that some of the things we are trained to do require 2 cats; otherwise it’s just too hard on kitty. Now let’s get back to the shower and just what it is we do.

Lexi lays in wheelchair
Healthy Lexi at around 30 pounds

You are right, even 2 healthy 30 pound kitties can not pull or push a wet, naked, over 100 pound human out of a bathtub. We aren’t concerned with getting all of mommy out of the tub. The only concern is that she doesn’t drown. So all that’s necessary is to make sure her head is out of the water flow. To accomplish this we push mommys head and torso up over the edge of the tub. Stop imagining things and let me explain. This is exactly why 2 cats are needed. Each kitty gets under an arm and positions in the armpit and pushes at the same time thus moving the torso and head. On occasion, some kitty does have to grab a mouth full of hair and reposition mommys head to lay on or over the edge of the tub. We then get out and roll around on our towels and wait for mommy to come too. We don’t mind water. We’re trained from the beginning to be in and around both standing water and flowing water like a shower.

 Raena lays on Liberty cat tree

We, like Shad, are devoted to mommy. There is a special bond that exists between a Service Cat and their human handler. This is NOT among the first tasks we are trained to do as it is asking a lot of a kitty and bonding takes time. And for that reason we will not be posting the how to’s to train this task to your kitty. It is something that the new kitty starts learning from the resident kitty at this point, as Raena is already trying to help me help mommy. We do hope this has helped you understand a bit more just what a kitty is capable of. But remember, NEVER expect more of an animal than size, breed and species would dictate. The love and devotion Shad and mommy shared caused Shad to go above and beyond. Mommy knowing the kind of love and devotion she gives and elicits has allowed her to have that continued help from the cats who came after. Anyone can have that relationship and any kitty can be trained. But you must start with a solid foundation.

       I’s a good helper aren’t I sissy? 

 Dezi laying on back of chair

Yes Raena, you’re a good helper and are gonna be a fine Service Cat. Anyways, we do hope we’ve helped you to understand a bit more of what we do. Fur those of ya’ dat read Shads’ story we hope you enjoy it, she is very much a pawrt of who we are today. Mommy wants me to remind ya’ dat cuz she be naked and we live alone of course, there will never be any fotos of us purrfurmin’ these duties. Mommy says she’s no pb bunny. We need to know what you all wanna hear next, so leave your questions in da comments. We’re gonna see ‘bout goin’ fur a stroll while da weather’s nice, so have a great day.



Do you (your cat) like water?

Is there something you would like to know how to train? 



Till da next time………………………………..Be Blest!!!







Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

Deztinee and RaenaBelle



What to Look For  Training Foundations  Training Kitty to Massage 

Smelling Disease   Do You Need One   Who Bears the Cost  

Housing Laws and Exceptions   Accommodations and Common Sense  

What Happens When Handler Dies   Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 

The Easiest Task to Train   Getting Kitty Ready for an Outing  

Discipline   Internal Disputes   Calling for Emergency Help

36 thoughts on “Service Cats: Just What Is Kitty Capable Of

  1. You are a brave lady, Miss Audra..and you are a smart one too! You have helped your kitties overcome the fear of water,( though yes there are some kitties who enjoy wetness or ignore it)…and they do a great, yes even life saving work for you. Kudos for having such a strong bond with them so they are willing to do those things. And to know that service cats are not recognized as such…hisses!! MOL! Glad you are not letting that stop you!
    Pipo & Minko would um…just mew and stalk off for being ignored, MOL!!!

    Petcretary had an aunt who suffered from fainting at the most inopportune times, in and out of public. She did it once when petcretary was there with her…and she slid off her chair right under the kitchen table…scary stuff this fainting. Petcretary herself has only ever fainted twice in her life…but she had enough warning to get to a sitting position.

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  2. this is amazing… and I hope you are always there when “it” happens to help your mom. I like the way how you think while helping and how careful you act… there are a lot of stories where untrained animals hurt their owner while trying to help them…. so fortunately you know what to do…

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  3. You are such amazing kitties and carry such a weight of responsibility.
    Step-Grandma’s Mummy, who is 90 Human years old and not in the best of health, doesn’t have any kitties, so she had a walk-in shower installed, instead of a bath-tub, just in case. Besides the danger of drowning, there is also the danger, with a bath-tub, of hitting one’s head on the rim of the bath-tub when one falls.
    There ought to be a Medal for service kitties! We would certainly nominate You!

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    1. Aaaaaaaw Fank you. Yes there are dangers in fallin’ in da tub other than drownin. But dat’s iur concern. We’re fur sure dat your step grammaws mommy is safe. Big hugs to you all.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena


  4. Great post, I am always amazed at what you do, especially this job because you get wet. If I were your Mom, I would be afraid to shower if I had to be afraid of passing out, but I guess that is something that you can’t avoid doing on a daily basis 🙂 XO

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    1. Fank you awnty Ellen. Yeah, you would get pawfully dirty and smelly ifin ya’ didn’t shower. MOL Truth is, mommy just got used to it thru da years. Da thing she hates mostest is passin’ out in front of other peeps. It’s dat embarrasin’ thing.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena


    1. Fank you. Mommy never really talked ’bout her purroblems and all we kitties do till we got a catputer and started da blog. We just figgered nopawdy was innerested. Big hugs to all of ya’.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Raena


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