Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Cats on Tuesday
I have a famous friend in Canada who has dedicated her life to rescuing animals, giving them food, shelter, and eventually homes if she can find them a good one. If she can't place them, she continues feeding them, and some of them are lucky enough to move in with her to her overflowing home menagerie. With the funds donated to her nonprofit foundation, she performs miracles. Her animal stories and adventures enthrall me when she shares them with me as I'm also an ardent, passionate animal lover. Since she has such a kind heart, animals (even wild, crazed) instinctively know this, and they communicate with her in ways she intuitively understands.
When we traveled together many years ago, she would rise before dawn to fetch water for the goats tethered at the main square in Kathmandu, Nepal. And if she saw an animal chained to a fence, we would stop by the roadside, and she would make sure the animal had water. Sometimes she would knock on the door of peasant homes, and communicate through mime about the need of an animal. I observed the respect people had for her, and little children would run away from the skirts of their mommies in Tibet to pay her the tribute of the namaste hand gesture. Little children and animals recognize a great being in their midst.
She and I agree we prefer the company of animals to humans (certainly, not all!) because of their honesty and non-judgmental & unconditional loving nature.
We all have the capacity to understand and communicate with animals, but for some people, it takes practice to learn what an animal is communicating. The really good animal communicators are people I hold in the highest regard--which leads me today to a quote by a famous animal communicator about cats. I share this quote with you because I FEEL this to be truth. I resonate with this precious wisdom from Amelia Kinkade's website--and it's why I allow my cat Anela her freedom to run outside and live it up!
"22) Should cats be allowed to go outside?
If you live in a neighborhood where traffic or coyotes are a danger, you will have to make an educated decision based on the perils of your environment. However, I am a big advocate that cats simply must have grass under their feet, wind in their face, trees to climb, sunshine on their fur, butterflies to investigate, stars to navigate their evening adventures, and moonlight reflected in their eyes. There is not only an energetic interchange between felines and other living things and felines and the chi (life-force) of plants, but there is a magnetic healing effect emanating from the earth itself that maintains a cat’s health. This is no less true of humans. We need to have the earth under our feet to maintain our equilibrium. Living in these toxic wood and concrete oversized shoe-boxes (houses) is doing nothing for our well-being. Of course, I’d prefer to see cats locked in spacious homes if their only alternative is cages at the shelter or worse yet, death row at the pound, but a more perfect world is a world where cats can roam free and act like cats, not doorstops. If you can’t accommodate a yard for your cat, even a balcony with flowers and an herb garden would be much appreciated."