Category Archives: Cats

These are blogs about healing cats.

Tribute to My Feline Soulmate Oreo

Oreo and I had a special bond as if we had been together in other lifetimes and agreed to meet again.

We met at a veterinarian’s office when my family and I went looking for a kitten to replace my daughter Sarah’s cat who died a month or so earlier. The kitten was to be Sarah’s since my other daughter, Erin, had Hony cat. Maybe it was too soon for Sarah to connect with a new cat or maybe Oreo was just meant to be my cat for she quickly became my best loved cat and I her best loved person.

Oreo was a fluffy black kitten and grew into a gorgeous black cat with long black fur, soft as down. Her extra-long tail was made even longer by the length of the fur. And this became a source of constant play for her, as she found it fascinating that it moved and that she could catch it! Her tail was her favorite toy most of her life! I laughed and laughed when she played with it for many minutes at a time.

As she grew out of her kitten fur into her long fur, she was bound to have frequent hair balls. At about six months old, when she would need to throw up a hairball, she started having seizures, the grand mal intensity. She would make a loud and horrible yowl, then throw up and go into a seizure. I was the one who went to her, held her back so she didn’t hurt herself or us. When she would stop and open her eyes, she would look at me. From then on we were deeply connected. A change in food, vitamin supplements and growing older eliminated the seizures thankfully. But, hairballs continued her whole life and I was constantly cleaning up throw-ups.

She had other maladies through her life; crystals in her urine which caused her to pee very small amounts all over the house. A special food helped this. At around 15 years she developed cataracts and started having hip pain. Both got worse in the years that followed, but that never stopped her from trying to jump up on the bed or a chair, even if she had to take several tries. She always jumped up to be closer to me.

Since I was her person, she would come to the door when I came in and meow at me. She never did this when Erin or Sarah came home, only to me. She demanded I pay attention to her and would meow at my feet until I picked her up and petted her, all the time pulling away slightly as if she didn’t really want that.

Change was not her cup of tea, so when people would visit or I was gone on vacation, she would pee outside the box or on the carpet, much to my chagrin. If I took the time to talk to her and tell her people were coming or tell her when I was leaving and how long I’d be gone, she was much better about her toilet behavior. She didn’t like it, but she accepted it. If I ever ignored her for too long, she would poop or pee outside the box or even just over the edge, expressing her opinion clearly.

My favorite times were when she began to sleep at my head later in her life or get under the covers to stay warm. She always slept with me and no one else and would stay with me all through the night. No other cat in my life did that.

In the end, I never expected her to live to be 19 year old. All my other cats had died by 18 years. And to the end she stayed alert and bright eyed (even with hip pain, cataracts, dementia and ongoing hairballs). Finally she gave me a sign she was ready to go. Over 2 days she quit eating and couldn’t control her bowels. And it was clear in her eyes she was tired. We spent her last day together just being with each other, holding her some and releasing her to the spirit world. Now we stay together in spirit and memory.

Oreo 1995-2014

Oreo always looked up in response to me calling her name.

 

How did Mr. Bing go from 8 pounds to 11?

Bing Playing 03-2014

Mr. Bing is thriving, active and happy!

Energy healing, diet and essential oils maintain quality of life with chronic illness.

In July 2012 my cat, Mr. Bing, was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

A year ago, in my last blog, Mr. Bing was hanging in there, affectionate and occasionally perky, yet very slowly losing ground.  His weight was 7.5-8.0 pounds.  Now, one year later, Bing is now 11 pounds, plays like a young cat and demands attention and cuddles.  How did that happen with this chronic disease?

It is clear he still has the disease.  I still notice a few symptoms of the disease (loose stools and high respiration levels).  Yet he has steadily become stronger and back to his old self.  His diet is still grain free and includes a daily pro-biotic.  I also added micro algae in November and this brought his energy level up and he started playing more.  I continue energy healing (acupressure and Reiki) as well.   He continues to amaze me and affirm the healing work I do with him.  Thank you, Mr. Bing!

Energy healing and essential oils: a cost effective way to maintain and improve health! – August 2013

In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

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We are now a year plus past his diagnosis and Mr. Bing is holding his own at 9 pounds, playing again and comes to me when he wants healing.   Neither my vet nor I expected him to live this long since Hypercalcemia is very hard on the internal organs. His only symptoms are loose stools, as the disease seems to affect his digestion most.  He is his old affectionate, outgoing self.  And discovered newspaper and ribbon as his favorite toys.  He reads the travel section mostly :-)

What happened since my last post in February when Mr. Bing was having a small setback?   He recovered from the setback quickly.  He seemed to figure out he needed to drink more water to dilute the calcium and pass the excess in his urine (I should buy stock in kitty litter!).  He has stayed hydrated and maintained his weight very well over the past 5 months.  He lost some interest in the Brushtail food and I stopped feeding it to him in May when it was no longer available.  I have been feeding him a tuna and lamb wet food and he loves that.  He eats consistently with relish, begging for food.

I give him regular Acupressure and Reiki when he wants it and daily Essential Oil Raindrop Therapy with an extra oil for diarrhea.    Mr Bing of course loves summer and being able to be on the deck or lay on the grass.

I will post an update if things change.  Meanwhile I am totally sold on energy healing and essential oils as a cost effective way to maintain and improve health!

Miracle cat: two steps forward, one step back – Feb. 28 2013

A worrisome down turn.

In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

In my previous blog, Mr. Bing had made a miraculous turn for the better, eating avidly and gaining weight.   He even left his beloved paper bag I had situated on the heat register by the front door and started laying on the chair again.

About 4 days ago I noticed him not eating as much.  He went back and forth for a couple of days; eating more, then eating less.  Now yesterday and today, he is barely touching anything I put down for him, even the Brushtail he devoured for 4 weeks straight.  Of course this happened just after I ordered another case of Brushtail!

Some of the glazed look of pain is back and he lays listing to one side (a sign of pain in the past).  So I’ve increased the frequency of the Arnica drops and essential oils.   Such a strange and unpredicable disease!