MERCY Place residents say living at the aged care centre feels more like home because of their four-legged feline resident Charlie, according to service manager Surabh Nair.
The friendly feline has lived at the Lathlain centre for more than four years after undergoing an initial trial from the Cat Haven, where he was taken after being rescued as a stray.
With International Cat Day on August 8, residents will celebrate with their furry friend who Mr Nair said had become a much-loved family member with a hugely positive impact on the seniors’ well-being.
“Most homes have a pet and we’re really focused on creating a warm and comfortable environment at Mercy Place Lathlain, so Charlie is a very welcome addition,” he said.
“Pretty much all of the residents love him and find him very relaxing to be around.
“In fact it is wonderful to see how much enjoyment they get by stroking his fur, he is definitely a very calming influence and part of our community.”
International Cat Day festivities were put together for the first time in 2002 by animal rights groups including the International Fund for Animal Welfare to celebrate the popular pet.