DIA launches cat therapy program with its first feline, Xeli

Xeli is a domestic shorthair cat. She weighs 12 pounds and, according to a press release, “loves making new friends.”

Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport's Canine Airport Therapy Squad. (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)
Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport's Canine Airport Therapy Squad. (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)
Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport’s Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS). (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)

By now you’ve probably seen the therapy dogs that hang out at Denver International Airport to provide some comfort and smiles to travelers. They’re very good dogs.

But if you’re a cat person, maybe you’ve wondered, “Where’s my therapy fuzz ball?”

Well the powers that be at DIA heard the complaining in your head (because they’re the Illuminati) and have recruited the first feline member of the Canine Airport Therapy Squad, otherwise luckily known as CATS.

Meet Xeli.

Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport's Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS). (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)
Xeli, the first cat in Denver International Airport’s Canine Airport Therapy Squad (CATS). (Courtesy of Denver International Airport)

Xeli (pronounced zell-ee) is a domestic shorthair cat. She weighs 12 pounds and, according to a press release, “loves making new friends.”

Presumably she also loves naps, rubbing up against things, knocking things off tables and sitting on whatever you happen to need at the moment, but this is unconfirmed speculation. We can confirm that she will give you a high-five with a little help from her human

Xeli will make her first appearance from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in Jeppesen Terminal, on Level 5 in the center of the Great Hall.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.