Karma Paws Blog
|Posted on 11 August, 2017 at 8:10||comments (1)|
I love all animals but it is with cats that I feel the strongest connection. I was brought up with cats and am comfortable with every nuance and quirk of their nature. Cats and I experience a merging of energy that is beautiful and sacred. There is something about cats that draws me in and connects to my soul. The way they look, the way they move and the way they are so self-assured and well-equipped to do what their species was intended to do has a magical and mysterious quality to it. There is nothing quite like a cat.
Whilst it is possible for a human to train a cat in the same way as a dog, it is much more likely to occur the other way around. Cats are notoriously adept at getting humans to do their bidding.
My cat, Monty owns my heart and soul, which means that I obey his silent commands without hesitation, not realising what I am doing until it is too late.
It is no wonder that these stunningly beautiful, adaptable and highly intelligent creatures have been both the subject of worship and objects of fear and persecution since they decided to live within the vicinity of humans thousands of years ago.
Cats even have a special repertoire of vocalisations purely set aside for communicating with their humans. Most adult cats do not communicate vocally with one another unless is it related to mating, rearing kittens or territorial disputes, whereas kittens soon learn that humans are very responsive to the sounds that they make and use meows, chirrups, purrs and various other sounds to their advantage.
The power of a cat’s purr can be quite phenomenal. Scientists have been struggling to locate the source of the purr for decades. It seems to have many purposes. A queen will purr to comfort her kittens and let them know she is close by. A purr can also be a sign of happiness and contentment but cats also purr when they are in pain or feeling stressed as a way of comforting themselves.
Monty has a few different kinds of purr. He has a light purr to show his delight at finding a comfortable spot to sleep; a stronger purr for when he is enjoying some fuss or a good brush and also a persuasive, deep guttural purr for those moments when he is staring at you, trying to persuade you to feed him.
Felines also have a special language that is sometimes missed on humans. Slow blinking, head boops and nudges all form part of feline communication and are usually affectionate in nature. A cat who is pleased to see you will usually trot towards you with a raised tail and wind around your legs. A lot of feline communication is in the form of body language and territorial marking with scent and visual markers such as scratching with their claws.
Cats do not like to be stared at, although it seems to be perfectly acceptable for them to stare at humans when they want something. Offering a nervous cat a few slow blinks will often reassure them that you are not a threat. Cats like to know who they are dealing with and prefer to have the option to approach someone to greet them, rather than have a person charge up to them, pick them up and force their affections upon them. This will often result in the well-meaning person being scratched to pieces or bitten by a disgruntled kitty.
Approaching a cat should begin with the person crouching down low and offering a few slow blinks. When these blinks are returned by the cat, a hand should slowly be offered from a sideways angle for the cat to sniff. Always ensure that the cat has an escape route should it choose to run away.
If the cat finds the hand acceptable, it may offer a cheek to be rubbed. Softly rub the cheek and perhaps behind an ear, closely monitoring the cat’s facial expression and tail movements. If the cat’s face looks relaxed and the tail is still, you are in with a good chance of making a feline friend. If the cat has its ears back, even slightly and the tail is flicking, beware! Terminate the fuss and allow the cat to carry on its way. Cats command respect and more fool the human who does not adhere to this protocol.
Part of the appeal of cats is their interdependent nature and the fact that they like to keep themselves fastidiously clean, unless they are in poor health. They are usually solitary creatures in the wild, relying on their hunting skills and tenacity to stay alive but some wild cats, such as the lion, form social groups to increase their chances of successful hunting and reproduction.
Feral cats are domestic cats without a home. Some may be terrified of people because they were not socialised as kittens. They tend to live in large groups if there is an abundant supply of food and often get along well, spending time grooming one another and curling up together for a snooze. In locations where there are large populations of feral cats, charities often operate trap, neuter and return schemes to ensure that the place is not overrun with cats.
The same goes for domestic cats who do have a home. It is essential to get them neutered because numbers of cats can escalate so quickly, resulting in a wide variety of problems. Responsible cat guardians should ensure that their cats are neutered as soon as they reach breeding age at around four months.
Domestic cats get a bad reputation as being anti-social and aloof yet there are many domestic cats who form deep and affectionate bonds with members of all species, especially if they were brought up together. Anyone who has ever spent their life with a cat will know how strong this bond can be. Cats are unique creatures and make wonderful companions. It’s a shame that some people do not like cats. They are missing out!
|Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 11:30||comments (0)|
Here is a taster of my upcoming book that I'm aiming to publish later on this year. I wrote this piece many months ago to express how I feel about animals. It sums it up perfectly and I'm sure many of you will agree.
'It’s hard to put into words how much animals mean to me. If I spend time without animals, my heart aches and I feel a dried up, aching cavernous abyss begin to slowly eat away at me from the inside. I absolutely have to spend time with animals, every day. For me, simply being in the presence of an animal is healing. They resonate a natural healing and therapeutic energy.
My closest, deepest animal bond of all is with our cat, Monty. He is a solid wall of black and white feline muscle with a big, delicate warm heart. His presence melts away all of my problems and resonates with my soul. I can even see his aura in the right light.
Whenever I come across an animal, there is an immediate, uplifting joy that is so magical, it nourishes my soul and an energetic connection is formed. It is a deep and ancient understanding of love and respect as to how we should approach each other, which flows naturally and effortlessly. Innate instructions lie deep within our DNA about how we should communicate and respond on every level, without the need for spoken words or the interference of ego. This connection is profound and humbling, every time. From dog to cat to horse or even the tiniest fly or plant, I feel that love, respect and connection. We are as one.
When I see an animal, I feel a rising up of my vibrations from my centre as shimmering, gold and white particles of energy. This is an uplifting and energising sensation filled with joy and a sense of true, deep connection and understanding.
You may ask if this occurs with every human being that I meet, seeing as after all, we are animals. The simple answer is no, not with every human. Human beings are much more guarded than animals and often hide behind many layers of complex social conditioning, anxieties and self-protection to avoid being hurt or having their true nature exposed.
There are a great many humans with whom I form an instant connection but it is much more complex than with animals. I often find myself raising my own barriers slightly, playing a game of reading their energy with great caution, just in case I need to suddenly protect myself as they may seem approachable at first but could turn out to be faking their sincerity to serve their own agenda.
This is not the case with animals. I am able to instantly read their energy because they do not hide behind their ego nor create false facade to impress others. If an animal is dangerous or potentially aggressive, it will be immediately obvious to me and a close encounter can be avoided. Their physical expressions and energetic signals seem to be fluid and resonate with a language that I naturally understand. This comes from years of spending time with animals and my ability to receive intuitive and subtle information through my aura and the Universal energy that surrounds us and vibrates within us all.
I believe that this is the reason I am better able to carry out intuitive readings of human beings in photographs. A purer energetic connection is formed this way as there is no distraction from physical cues or changes in demeanour, which may be intended to conceal the truth or distort the intuitive information being received.
The same applies to a certain extent with animals but often a stronger connection can be formed in-person because sometimes, especially with a friendly or deeply spiritual animal, an incredible amount of free-flowing intuitive information and healing energy can be channelled. Animals usually let their guard down and understand how Universal energy and healing works. This can also happen when I meet an animal for the first time, purely by chance. It is a beautiful, amazing and humbling gift for which I shall be eternally grateful.'