Purr Therapy: What Timmy and Marina Taught Me about Love, Life, and Loss

Purr Therapy: What Timmy and Marina Taught Me about Love, Life, and Loss

Kathy McCoy / Nov 13, 2019

Purr Therapy What Timmy and Marina Taught Me about Love Life and Loss Cats aren t a typical choice for animal assisted psychotherapy but Timmy and Marnia are anything but typical Research has found that petting a cat can lower blood pressure and a cat s purr is thought

  • Title: Purr Therapy: What Timmy and Marina Taught Me about Love, Life, and Loss
  • Author: Kathy McCoy
  • ISBN: 9780757318030
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cats aren t a typical choice for animal assisted psychotherapy, but Timmy and Marnia are anything but typical Research has found that petting a cat can lower blood pressure and a cat s purr is thought to help heal body tissues and bones But not just any cat can be a therapy cat, after all, such animals need to be friendly with strangers and willing to be touched, pettedCats aren t a typical choice for animal assisted psychotherapy, but Timmy and Marnia are anything but typical Research has found that petting a cat can lower blood pressure and a cat s purr is thought to help heal body tissues and bones But not just any cat can be a therapy cat, after all, such animals need to be friendly with strangers and willing to be touched, petted and held by unfamiliar people They have to be tolerant ofloud voices and angry shouting, emotional distress, and sudden movements It s a tall order for any animal, but a particular challenge for a cat In Purr Therapy, psychotherapist and cat lover Dr Kathleen McCoy shows how two very special cats rose to this challenge, how they helped wounded souls to heal and how they taught even her lessons in mindfulness, joyful living, and compassion She also shows readers how animal assisted psychotherapy works and gives them an intimate and moving inside look at how Timmy and Marina worked with patients, how their double role as animal companions and cotherapists changed lives, and how, after their untimely deaths, the grief shared by those who knew and loved them led to even growth and healing It s no surprise that there is a tidal wave of cat fanciers growing even the internet prefers cats No dog site has reached the proportions of the most popular cat sites case in point the mega star Grumpy Cat who has over 2 1 2 million followers More than an internet trend, this very active market is exploding through cat video contests and festivals that are claiming the passions of millions who will benefit from and love Purr Therapy.

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    About "Kathy McCoy"

      • Kathy McCoy

        Kathleen McCoy, PhD is a psychotherapist and the award winning author of a dozen books including ALA s Best Books for Young Adults winner The Teenage Body Book Random House, 2008 and Understanding Your Teenager s Depression Perigee, 2005 Dr McCoy was the columnist for Seventeen s Sex and Your Body and she is a former editor of Teen Dr McCoy has also written for national publications such as Readers Digest, The New York Times, Family Circle, Mademoiselle, TV Guide and The Journal of Clinical Child Psychology Dr McCoy and her husband recently moved from Los Angeles to Florence, Arizona, a small historic town where they live with their four cats Gus, Maggie, SweetPea and Hamish.


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    1. I love cats. I have a cat named Sir Pig, and he is my world. Every time there is a book about cats on NetGalley, I request out for review because I know I am going to love it. I definitely ended up loving Purr Therapy. It's my favorite cat book that I've read so far this year.From the first time he was mentioned, I had a feeling I was going to fall in love with Timmy, Katy McCoy's first cat that she used in her psychotherapy program. He was sweet, loving, gentle, and funny. He reminded me a lot [...]


    2. Be prepared to laugh and cry when you read this touching story of two therapy cats, Timmy and Marina. As cat lovers know purrs have therapeutic powers. The head butt or whisker kiss at the right moment can dispel the darkest despair. But these two were beyond amazing.It was never the intention of Kathy McCoy to bring either of her cats into her practice. In fact, she tried to keep a dividing line between her personal and professional life. Then one day when a patient had to come to her home a mi [...]


    3. Title: Purr Therapy - What Timmy & Marina Taught Me About Life, Love and LossAuthor: Kathy McCoy, PhDPublisher: HCI BooksPublished: 10-7-2014Pages: 216Genre: Medicinal TreatmentSub-Genre: Animals, Cats, Self Help, Counseling & Psychology, ResearchISBN: 9780757318030ASIN: B00NU4LQ88Reviewed For NetGalley and HCI BooksReviewer: DelAnneRating: 4.75 StarsCats aren't a typical choice for animal-assisted psychotherapy, but Timmy and Marina are anything but typical. Research has found that pett [...]


    4. Dr. McCoy, a psychotherapist tells how two different pet cats that she owned were able to help her patients open up in therapy and resolve their issues. The two cats were friendly and aware of conflict and jumped in as peacemakers and when patients were upset, the cats comforted them. I love cats and I enjoyed reading about the various personalities of the author's cats and how they were able to help her patients. I think that cat lovers will enjoy this book!


    5. Full review at thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress (October 8)I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:McCoy relates the story of how Timmy and Marina came to live with her family and outlines how the cats’ individual natures changed the course of the therapy journey for clients dealing with a range of issues such as anxiety, grief, marital difficulties and parenting troubles. This is a well-documented recollection of how cats (yes, cats!) can cut [...]


    6. As a cat lover, I was immediately drawn to the title "Purr Therapy", and curious about how cats, who tend to have a mind of their own, could be used as a therapy pet. The book, which I guess you could say is part memoir was written by a psychotherapist who shares with readers how two of her cats were successfully used as pet therapy in her private practice. She explains how the cats helped some of her clients to deal with anger, family/marital issues, loss and to lessen one's grief.The two thera [...]


    7. I wasn't expecting much from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact I was still reading the first chapter when I thought to myself that I was going to like it, and it isn't often that I think that so early on in a book. The author has a wonderful way with storytelling, her words are easy to read, interesting and heartfelt. Her love of cats is clear, yet not preachy or annoying in any way. McCoy has clearly been lucky in life to have owned (or been owned by?) some wonderful cats with [...]


    8. First, I should mention that I received this book through GoodReads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.As a lover of cats, I found the story moving several times, especially the parts where the author and her husband acquired one or more new cats. But the account of individual psychotherapy cases, although different, seem a bit repetitive.At Timmy's death, I cried, especially as it was due to dry food produced by a Chinese manufacturer that replaced wheat by melamine.In the middle of the [...]


    9. I love reading stories about animals. This book is about therapist, Kathy McCoy, and her two cats, Timmy and Marina, who found their calling as therapy cats.Kathy and her husband had always had cats. When the book begins, they have an elderly cat named Freddie who eventually passes away. They can't resist adopting two kittens, Gus and Timmy. Because of his personality, Timmy makes an excellent therapy cat. Unfortunately Timmy dies during the pet food scandal in the late 2000s. They adopt Maggie [...]


    10. I picked up this book because I am a cat-lover, and fascinated by the idea of animal therapy - and also a little shocked at the idea of any cat being so friendly and sociable! Purr Therapy isn't just about the cats - it's about the patients, and the therapist, and the ways in which something so simple can make such a big difference: whether it's unconditional love when you're feeling down, or the distraction of play when everything else is too much to deal with. Many of the stories resonated wit [...]


    11. Purr Therapy follows therapy cats Timmy and Marina. Not only does Kathy McCoy tell us how Timmy and Marina helped her clients in therapy sessions, she tells us how these two cats have changed her life as well as what lessons they've taught her along the way. She eloquently describes her feelings before, during, and after both cats' passing. She describes many of the feelings I felt when my sweet Jewel passed in 2014, and this helped me feel less alone with what I experienced. I would highly reco [...]


    12. I am giving the book four stars because I thought Dr. McCoy did a very good job in describing what her cats meant to her and her thoughts on why pets can mean so much so much to people.The book was less effective in persuading me that cats played a crucial role in her patients therapy (FYI, I am a cat mom and I think cats can be calming and entertaining). Dr. McCoy's cats seemed to have been therapy cats to her husband in helping in calm down and deal with his depression. Rather than writing abo [...]


    13. I won this book through the First Reads and was so excited when I received it. It did not disappoint! I smiled, laughed, contemplated and cried reading through this. God gives us pets to love and be loved by and He certainly gave the author and her husband some wonderful and special ones. Loved reading about them and wish I could have personally met and known them (my daughter was very patient with me during all the times I kept telling her all about what I was reading in the book)! Loved it an [...]


    14. If you love animals, this book will make you cry. I don't think anyone could read two specific chapters of this book without tears forming - I know I couldn't and didn't. Dr. McCoy manages in her 200 pages to write in such a way as to make you fall in love with her cats, with how they help people and how much they give. Many times while I read this morning I was looking over at my own kitty and thinking about how she helps me, and how I dread the day she'll no longer be with me. This isn't a hap [...]


    15. **I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in return for an honest review.**This is a touching inspirational self help book. I loved it, especially seeing as my husband and I are both cat people. This is a wonderful book that showcases how animals can help people in a number of different situations.


    16. This book made me cry. Twice! An essential read for cat lovers. Not only does it talk about cat-personality in detail, but has valuable insight in to exactly how cats are more than companions: that you can learn to engage with yourself by following in their example. I'm not sure I'm get quite to the fastidious toe-cleaning stage that my fur-ball Daisy exhibits, nor the horrific toenail crunching episodes that she delights in undertaking on my lap, but I get the concept.



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