Are humans the only ones capable of caring for children that aren’t their own? This video goes to show how universal the maternal instinct can be, even with animals you never thought would get along. Dogs with nursing kittens – and vice versa – to literal tiger moms and piglets – share their milk, comfort the young ones and adopt them as their own. Have you ever seen something so cute?
The growl was rolling in my throat. A rhythmic, vibrating accompaniment for the movements of my body, the soft steps, the stretches and contractions of muscles. I moved a paw forward and my lips lifted over my fangs. Wild. I was wild. I was a wild cat. Another step crumbled a pile of dry leaves, I moved my paw, I moved my hand, I touched the soft, rumpled blanket. Bed. I was in bed. There was silence and soft breath near me, there were the heavy spots of warmth where dogs slept. I was in bed.
I was wild. I closed my eyes again. The forest was warm, pulsating with life. Life I could feel … I can feel it! I thought “I am a cat and I am the forest”. The thought brought others along, “I am the cat” I thought, and the cat became distant, distinct, separate. “I am being the cat” I thought, and stopped being it. I was thinking now, moving back into my body, back in my mind watching, observing, describing … “no!” I thought, “No! Stop thinking, stop thinking … be…”
I padded through the forest, with the forest, as the forest. I felt it on my skin. I felt it in my muscles. I felt the tension, the softness, the presence. I felt it as my body. I felt the trees and their silence, the buzzing of their flesh, of my flesh, stretching high towards the sky. I felt the water spilling over a damp earth. I felt pulled downhill with the rushing streams, I flew over rocks in the rapids with the dancing rivers. I felt the fear and submission of prey hiding nearby, in thorny bushes and earthen holes. I felt their timid presence. Their rapid, pulsating life was my own.
I felt another life, strong, powerful. Present. I felt it and knew I must meet and confront it. My authority against it’s. We must try each-other. The tension must be resolved. The strength must be tested. Hierarchy must be established.
I felt the forest, I felt being, I felt life. I was life.
“Now you know,” said the cat, “now you know how you can be wild in the world.”
“Yes. Thank you”
There was an acknowledgment. The cat left.
I lifted my head, I opened my eyes. In the midst of the night I was wide awake. “I was a wild cat!” I whispered to my husband. “Oh,” he said.
There was nothing more to be said.
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If you haven’t heard, May is National Bike Month, and it’s time to start gearing up for an active and green summer! Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, this month is all about staying healthy, doing your part for the environment, enjoying the rush of fresh air, and experiencing your city outside the confines of a car. There will be bike month events taking place in communities around the country, which you can learn more about here. Tomorrow is Bike to Work day, so if you haven’t hit the pedals yet this month then there is no better time to start!
“But I don’t have a bicycle,” you might say. “I don’t know how to ride a bike… My bike is broken… I want a cycling partner…” Fear not! The League has compiled a database of resources for cities around the country. So if any of the above concerns applies to you, simply visit their website, type in the name of your town, and voilà! (If your town is very small or remote it may take some more digging, but Craigslist and Meetup.com can be great places to start. Just beware of scams.)
For some people, a bicycle might seem like an absurd alternative to the ease, comfort, and speed of a car. But there are several invaluable benefits to cycling over driving:
- You can avoid traffic and parking woes.
- You can get a great workout while simultaneously getting where you need to go.
- No gas, cheap(er) fixes, easier to maintain.
- You’re able to experience your city in a more tactile way than you would from inside a car.
- Fresh air, wind in your face, feeling your muscles work to get you from place to place.
- You can feel super cool and inspire healthy habits in your friends and colleagues!
What are your top reasons for biking?
As if you needed any more inspiration to hop on your bicycle this minute, here is a ridiculously adorable video of one Philadelphia cyclist biking around town with his kitty cat on his shoulders. How cool is that?!
From the purring we gather kitty is into biking, too. 🙂
Photo credit: Flickr
We love our pets. The American Pet Products Association reports that Americans spent 45.5 billion dollars on our 171 million dogs and cats in 2009, as well as millions of small animals, reptiles, and fish. During the holiday season, then, it’s no surprise that we want to pamper our furry little companions with a special treat. Here are some ideas to show that faithful friend that it’s Christmastime for them too, and a few gift ideas for a pet lover in your life as well.
Santa Dog Hoodies are an adorable way to help your pal stay warm and share in the fun of the season. Available in many sizes, from extra small (20”) all the way to extra large (40”). $49.95 at Fetchdog.com
PetHoliday Cat Santa Hat. You might lose a finger trying this and the hat is unlikely to stay on for more than the length of time it takes you to snap the picture, but hey, at $4.99 from PetsMart, it’s a bargain for a great chuckle and lasting memory!
Nom, nom, nom! Your feathered friend will feel festive as he munches on this cute Stick Angel Bird Toy. All birds love to shred and chew. The bright colors will keep your bird entertained and the hard wooden block will help keep his beak neatly trimmed. From Doctors Foster and Smith, $6.99.
This hilarious doormat is, of course, a parody of the famous line, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls.” Funny and functional. Available at Amazon.com, $19.99.
If you are looking for great hostess gift for a cat-lover, you can’t go wrong with this whimsical serving platter from CentralChef, $22.95.
These super-tough giant Christmas bulb dog toys are double the fun, as your pooch can chew and bounce them and work at getting a treat out of the center. Available from the Best Friends General Store, $10.99.
What’s warm and cozy and will provide hours of fun for your kitty? Why, the Heated Crinkle Tunnel, of course! The crinkly part is in the arch. The padded bottom heats to 102 degrees. Heater is removable and the tunnel is machine-washable. Available from SpecialPetsStore.com, $51.97.
Animals can relieve human stress. One study reported at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, showed that pets may play a role in taming physical responses to stress. A few minutes with a dog before an upcoming treatment operation experienced a 37 percent reduction in their anxiety levels.
And people can relieve stress in animals. Our dogs and cats can be negatively effected by various forms of stress as well. They depend on their people to keep them safe and healthy.
Cats and dogs are our special companions, giving unconditional love and devotion. When they are puppies and kittens, these gentle beings steal our hearts with their cute faces and playfulness. Yet, as they get older just like children, they change and require us to help them learn their boundaries, learn the best behaviors, eat right and grow into the best dog or cat they can be in our home.
Information relating to how animals enrich our lives and how we can best care for them, is readily available through media, TV, internet and books, yet many animals are still being stressed and abused, some in uneducated and neglectful ways, others intentional and much worse.
After repeated exposure we tend to tune out the harsh statistics, and "in your face" advice. Most people are motivated by hearing someone else’s experience, rather than being lectured. Even if that person is being told how their life will be enriched by adopting a pet.
The purpose of publishing this book is so it can be used as an educational venue, a marketing tool for the contributors and a fundraising tool for animal related causes. Not a standard book, this book can be customized with the charity logo to help increase their fundraising results.
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If you have a dog or cat story that can help others lives, please take the time to follow this link: http://bit.ly/b0Au0W
Cats are angels with fur.
They can heal with a purr.
When your broken heart needs mending
They are beside you tending.
When you are sick in bed,
Your cats are on your head.
Are you being a grouse?
Your cat will bring you a mouse.
Ever heard of applying paint to your cat?
Racing stripes are good or something like that.
Cats can fly without wings.
Cats are truly wonderful things.
Copyright 2009 Judi Jacobs
From the minute I was born, animals have been a part of my life. When I was brought home from the hospital, my parents black Great Dane, named none other than Lucifer, quickly became my surrogate mother. Then we adopted Thor, a Siberian Husky. And years later, when I was in 9th grade, Wednesday, a black and white tuxedo kitten, came to our doorstep hungry and tired. Wednesday managed to worm her way into our dog loving hearts and as a result, our ‘dog family’ soon became a ‘dog AND cat family’. Is a matter of fact, Aristotle, a white fluffy kitten, and Pumpkin, a redheaded stray, were initiated into the family soon thereafter.
When I graduated from college, I traveled a lot for business and didn’t feel it was fair to have animals. Further, spending time away from our family’s felines caused me to develop an allergy to both cats and dogs, which would propel me into a Claritin dependency any time I visited my parents’ home. Needless to say, for the better part of 14 years, having animals was put on the back burner. So, when my mom asked if I would ‘cat sit’ Pumpkin for a few weeks, it was hard to say no.
Let me start by saying that Pumpkin is not a cat. Okay, yes, physically he is a cat. But, mentally, he is the ‘doggiest’ cat you will ever meet, and I have proof: My husband Dave, who has only wanted a dog for as long as I’ve known him, has outwardly expressed wanting a Pumpkin II.
Over the 26 wonderful days we’ve spent with Pumpkin, Dave and I have learned some of the best lessons. Pumpkin honestly knows the most important secrets to life:
- Love should be unconditional. Pumpkin is a good cat, but when he would do something ‘less than stellar’, it was difficult to stay upset. Is a matter of fact, a light scolding would turn into a mutual ‘love fest’. He would give me big saucer eyes and I would ‘have to’ pick him up and smother him with kisses. With people, we often have expectations and when they aren’t met, our love can be overridden by anger, resentment, or disappointment. Letting things go, and understanding that our loved ones make mistakes is part of loving them.
- Take time and do nothing. Before Pumpkin’s visit, Dave and I were always on the go. If we were home, we had to be doing something, even if it was watching TV. A lazy afternoon meant running errands. And, sitting at home on a Friday night seemed boring. With Pumpkin, we could sit on the couch and be with him, with or without the TV. We could pet him, watch his whiskers twitch and listen to his purr for hours. In the morning, we would let him snuggle between us and be content just being together the three of us. We enjoyed our time doing absolutely nothing.
- Any time is a good time to be loving. Pumpkin was always up for affection. He always received love with open paws, and was always quick to return the love. You could even wake him up from his cat naps and give him ear rubs. He never held grudges and he always gave love openly and fully. In our hectic lives, we sometimes forget to stop and be loving towards one another. Further, we sometimes withhold affection if we carry a grudge. Affection is important in bringing people closer, and feeling loved and secure. Further, giving love (and receiving love) releases some happy endorphins that keep you feeling all fuzzy (pardon the pun) inside.
- Put things in perspective. If I felt stressed or anxious about something, all I would have to do was look at Pumpkin and I could feel my face relax, the stress melt away and the corners of my mouth turn up into a smile. Animals have a way of bringing true calm and peace to your being, and it is that calm, that we so often forget to maintain on our own. Animals also seem to ‘get’ what life is about: it is the experience and living in the moment. Being around Pumpkin has allowed us to take things a little more lightly and realize that getting all worked up over some things just isn’t worth the stress.
- Life is precious and beautiful. Somehow, as humans, we take life for granted. We are big, we are strong and we are intelligent enough, for the most part, to keep ourselves from danger. Spending time with Pumpkin, has reminded me how very precious life is. Watching him breathe, watching the end of his tail flicker, watching his pupils become big with adoration…all seemed like incredible feats of life. How something so beautiful can be real, is almost beyond me. Life truly is precious.
The last 26 days with Pumpkin have been anything but boring. I now realize that Pumpkin did more ‘human sitting’ than we did ‘cat sitting.’
Pumpkin left us today. It was terribly painful. His love made our home more loving and more special. He even had a way of helping bring Dave and I closer together. I think every person should have an animal in their lives. They bring so much joy and peace to our existence.
Do you have pets? How do they make you feel?
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by Christina Ambrosino
My cat Pearl was born in March 2000 in NYC, where we lived. She was a healthy young cat who suddenly began to show recurring flu like symptoms in the spring of 2002. The veterinarian initially said that it was probably nothing serious.
After three or four times on antibiotics, followed by improvement each time, Pearl, my sweet kitty, began to have mobility problems. I could see her having trouble controlling her legs. Paralysis was setting in.
A series of tests were taken…blood tests, x-rays, urine analysis, etc.
I was very worried by this point, and kept sensing she had a virus that was attacking her nervous system.
I had been a professional psychic Health Intuitive and Medium for eleven years by that time.
But this was my baby….the beautiful and loving little kitten I rescued from my backyard.
‘Objectivity’ was not my strong suit at that point, which is a ‘must’ to gain accurate psychic information.
Then the awful news came from a specialized blood test. Pearl had a horrible illness called Feline Infectious Peritonitis FIP …an illness that is certain to be fatal, only supportive care, no known cure. Cats usually die with a few months.
I was devastated, as I had just lost another other beautiful kitten to cancer.
I could not believe the fates were giving us this destiny.
The veterinarian gave me little or no hope.
Pearl was put on the usual care, prednisone for pain and suppressing the immune system, therefore keeping the illness from progressing and fluid therapy for hydration.
As awful as the situation got, I did not give up.
I decided to do research about this rare illness that was so feared and dreaded by the veterinarian medical community.
I found the website of a veterinarian in England. She was an expert on this particular illness, and explained, in great detail, how it attacks and affects the animal’s body.
After reading her information, I decided to research natural / homeopathic medicine. I learned what the virus was doing to Pearl’s body and treated it as such. By this time, she was totally paralyzed.
The veterinarian strongly pushed me to "put her to sleep" for there was no hope. I blatantly refused, which angered the veterinarian who obviously had some control and ego issues. My feeling was that I would do anything and everything that I could to help Pearl. Then if the Divine saw fit to take this loving cat, then so be it.
My intuition guided me. I started Pearl on a twice-a-day regime using the following…. Spirlina to detox and oxygenate the blood, Vitamin C for the Immune system, Vitamin, E for healing process, Omega 3 fish oils, oregano oil for infection, Lecithin for signals from the brain to the spinal cord, Aloe Vera for inflammation and wheat grass juice as a cleanser.
The premise…. as in holistic health care for humans was to clean the colon that carried all of the toxins and illness then use the vitamins and supplements to build the body up again.
Within two weeks of using this treatment twice daily, Pearl began to move again. She went from being totally paralyzed to walking ….gaining strength little by little each day.
The Vets were amazed but still saw this as a temporary "stroke of luck" that was unrelated to my actions.
I was not affected by their prognosis and continued to make the "concoction" twice a day. I knew was helping Pearl. She would see the dropper coming toward her and dread having this nasty mixture nudged down her throat, but like children, animals do not like to take their medicine! But they must, so I made sure she did.
I continued this method for months, with Pearl continuing to improve. I switched to another veterinarian, who was more of a ‘team player’. He was interested and opened to my program after he saw Pearl’s improvement.
Soon Pearl was being deemed "The Miracle Cat" for it was unheard of that a cat with Feline Infectious Peritonitis would survive more than a few months.
She was recently retested for the progression of this disease and her number has been cut in half! 360 were her original numbers. They are now at 160… a few numbers away from the ‘carrier’ range!
Pearl is now "chunky," and all of her other tests are normal. The only symptom she now shows is still weakness in her hind legs the veterinarian thinks that is from long term use of prednisone, which she will remain on till her numbers are in the normal range.
In the past six months, a few veterinary assistants have utilized the same treatment for cats that had the fatal illness leukemia as well as other animals with other health problems. The animals treated had a full recovery and were doing quite well.
In the case of a human subject, a friend suggested this regime to her 75 year old grandmother, a stroke victim, who was totally paralyzed. The doctors gave her little hope. Now, that woman walks with a cane, which is mostly for emotional support and security. This woman no longer speaks of "ending her life" but speaks of the gossip at the hairdressers shop that she still walks to daily!
I decided to utilize this health system for myself, having had health issues over the years. I have felt great improvement and vitality since utilizing Holistic and Natural Medicine.
I have come to see this whole experience as a life learning lesson, with my kitty, Pearl, being my teacher!
I think the point is to understand that we need BOTH western and Natural Medicine, which I integrated for Pearl’s treatment. She needed both to get better….one or the other probably would not have sufficed.
It has been fifteen months since Pearl was diagnosed with FIP. The experts said she would be gone well over a year ago, but she is still with us and getting stronger and healthier each day. I still have her on the program and she still runs when she sees that darn dropper coming. But that’s okay, because after she takes her medication, I give her treats and tell her how much she is loved and I thank her for being my gift and messenger from the Divine!
UPDATE! Since this article was originally published- Pearl passed away.The treatment that was given extended her life over 2 1/2 years. I am grateful for the gift of having such a loving and special friend in my life- that brought me so much joy. Through her illness- she helped many- and most of all, me who was blessed and touched by having her in my life..
NOTE: I am NOT a Medical or Health care professional. I am simply am passing on my experiences in hopes it will help others. Always seek MEDICAL and HOLISTIC PROFESSIONALS before trying any treatments
Original Version published by "Edge Magazine" .
A timidly poked, curious nose
paws its way into my stroking affection,
purring with encouraging delight,
at some unknown exact moment,
my touch becomes sensitively unpleasant
We give thanks for all of the animals on our beautiful planet Earth, those that came before, those that are here now, and those that will be here in the future. For we are blessed by their presence- for those that help to scatter the seeds or circulate the waters, and others that share their genetics for healing, or food, and then there are the domestics that stay with us to guide and give with their nonjudgmental companionship. Because of them we are blessed. Because of them we see the magnificance of Gods creations that are more varied than we could ever imagine just as we are varied, just as we are magnificant. With love and blessings Shelina (and Gregory)
So Gotta La Mortee is Blessings in Kanarian 1st Creation Human Language
The cat was living in Atlantis 95,000 years ago to give love and affection to people according to Qwonnamon 10th dimensional guide that was a mapmaker living in Atlantis at that time, but their weren’t any dogs. There were short haired cats like the Siamese and there were some with longer hair. Indigenous people had domesticated dogs already in other parts of the world.