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Doctor tells patient, who is feeling sad, that to feel better she should get a cat

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Michel Martin. When Robin Sipes went to see her pulmonologist last month, she told him her cat had died, and she was feeling down. So Dr. Earl King wrote her a prescription - get a cat. Dr. King said that pets can improve mental health and alleviate feelings of loneliness. So Sipes followed instructions, and on her way back from the appointment, she saw a kitten who needed a home. She took her in and named her after the doctor - Earlene.

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