It is clear to me that pets can be of major therapeutic value. Many years ago I got a cat-he was I think actually called Tiddles-admitted to a psychiatric ward. Her owner was very reluctant to go as a voluntary patient with our the cat. The hospital-Sefton General-was one of the most depressing I've ever entered and this lady was destined to go to the elderly person's ward which-I kid you not-looked out on to a large cemetery. Anyway I persuaded one of the porters to take the cat in. He had a very successful admission and had access to a large number of rodents to hunt.