Wednesday, February 02, 2011
has been shown that petting a dog or cat lowers a human’s blood pressure after
just minutes. The sound of cats’
purring actually helps broken bones and other tissues to heal. People who have animal companions tend
to stay healthier and live longer, happier lives. What can we do to return the favor for our furry or
feathered animal friends? Bond
with them! Pet them, feed them,
spend play time and quiet time with them daily. Help them groom, make sure medical needs are attended to,
and reduce anxiety or stressors in the household.
stressors that you might want to take into consideration include excessive
noise or chaotic activity, unfamiliar people or animals, household dynamics
between pets and people, and our own stress that we bring home. If neighbor cats like to antagonize
pets through windows, keep blinds shut or plant catnip out of view of the
windows. If there is a lot of
excessive noise, find ambient down-tempo music to leave on to provide a
buffer. Learn to turn the
television off, and the radio to a sensible level. Remember their ears, noses, and sensitivities are much
stronger than ours. If there is a
lot of dust or pollution outside, get air filters. If there are arguments, whether real or on television, or
other excessive noise from gatherings or stereos, be conscious of how the noise
and frequencies of these things may affect delicate ears and psyches.
have amazingly keen perceptions.
They will often mirror for us what we have going on internally. For example, if we are stressed, our
dog or cat may be restless or agitated.
Take time to listen to your pet, both their vocalizations and what they
are telling you through their body language. Often an “annoying cat” (words I’ve often heard but would
never use myself!) who sits on your paper that you’re trying to read, or gets
under your feet all the time is trying to tell you, “Slow down! Pet me! You need to relax and I need some attention and
time daily to connect at a heart level with each pet in your household. Animals love to be around people when
we are emanating love from our heart centers. This means we have to let go of incessant mind chatter to
focus on our hearts. Ways to help
us learn to do this is through meditation, qi gong, yoga, creating art,
listening to positive music, and play time. Notice what kinds of games your pets enjoy, and interact
with them. Some pets have never
learned how to play because no one has taken the time to engage them in
play. Pets who have learned how to
play and feel secure in a house will often create their own games. This is wildly amusing. I find that I have no need for a T.V.
because my cat and dog entertain me endlessly!