This 81-year-old with dementia has been a lifelong cat lover – so when she was given this new robotic furry friend, she was delighted.

Virginia Smith first moved into her current nursing home a few years ago when her dementia and mobility issues steadily worsened. Since the home didn’t allow pets, however, the senior had to give up her pet cat, leaving her heartbroken.

“My mom has had cats most of her adult life, [and] when we had to move her into an adult family home, she had to leave her kitty with my brother,” says Virginia’s son James Allen Smith. “For the past 2 years, she has been living without a cat and it has been very hard for her.”

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So for Virginia’s birthday earlier this week, James and his brother bought their mom a $100 robotic cat.

The robot has sensors that respond to stimulation with purrs, motions, and blinks.

It may not be the real thing, but when Virginia first held it on her lap, she was delighted.

The senior cuddles her new friend for a few minutes before decidedly naming him “Robbie”.

“It’s so wonderful to see her smile like this, she took to it instantly. I recorded this video within a minute of giving it to her,” added James.

(WATCH the video below)


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