Robotic cats are ‘purrfect’ companions for people with dementia in Cambridgeshire
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Robotic cats are being used to reduce stress levels and anxiety for people with learning disabilities and dementia in Cambridgeshire.
The "purrfect" companions are part of a pilot project by Cambridgeshire County Council.
They have already been tested on groups of people with learning disabilities - who loved to snuggle and play with the life-like felines.
They offer companionship and comfort of owning a pet without the responsibilities which people with dementia may not be able to fulfil.
A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire County Council said: "The cats had and immediate impact on the group.
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"We noticed that when the individuals are feeling stressed or anxious, the cats can help reduce this, bringing out their caring side.
"This is part of a suite of technologies that we are using to improve peoples well being and keep them independent."
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The cats can lift their paws, turn their heads and enjoy being fussed and groomed.