ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — They are used in nursing homes across the nation, and now the Stratton VA issues them to veterans suffering from dementia. 

What are they?  They are robot cats and dogs.  Each veteran gets their own companion robot, and they get to keep them forever. 

The pets are packed full of sensors and respond to touch and sound. They will even take a nap on your lap. 

Caitlin Holley, a clinical psychologist, said the pets help with agitation, restlessness, anxiety and mental health issues.