Blind Cat Visits His 88-Year-Old 'Grandma' In Hospital After Her Cancer Treatment

Perhaps her positive results are, in part, thanks to "the healing power of a blind cat."

Donny is a blind cat with cerebellar hypoplasia, a "non-progressive, non-contagious neurological condition that results in walking and balance problems," especially wobbly legs. He was adopted by Beth and Howard Stern and lives with a gang of special needs cats whose adventures are documented on the @blossom_and_her_family Instagram account.


Donny's "grandma" was diagnosed with lung cancer several months ago, according to an Instagram post. At 88 years old, it was decided she wasn't a candidate for surgery. So, she received five rounds of radiation with the intention of going to a hospice afterward.

"Unbelievably, the radiation was working so they gave her 12 more treatments and on Monday she’s being released cancer-free," the Instagram post reported.

They wondered whether the results were "the healing power of a blind cat" because Donny had been visiting Beth in the hospital.

To go along with the good news, the family shared a new video of Donny visiting his grandma before she was released from the hospital.

The heartwarming video shows Donny snuggled up on her bed. "That's my darling," she says. "He's so precious."

A fellow patient also admires Donny when they open the curtain between the beds.

Since the video was shared on September 7, it has received over 17,000 likes.

Animals, whether they're cats, llamas or dogs, can have such a positive impact on people. Even animals that aren't professionally trained to be therapy animals can help people. Research on pet-human interactions is still relatively new, but the National Institute of Health reports, "Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure." It continues that other studies have shown pets can boost mood, increase feelings of social support and reduce loneliness.

The impact of Donny is evident in the video. The little cat brings joy to everyone present.

Commenters are highlighting the positive impact cats can have. "Animals really do help to calm and give love," one Instagrammer said. "We think all nursing homes should have animals!"

Another said, "Amazing! Totally believe pets help enormously. Love, love, love."

"The healing power of prayer, strong will and a cat can't be beat," concluded someone else.

(H/T: BuzzFeed)


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