Do Cats Get Depressed?

A few newsletters ago we wrote about feline depression and introduced a new flower essence: Emotional Sunshine which will brighten up the mood and emotions of a depressed cat. We asked our good buddy and Feline Editor At-Large Sir Issac Newton to chime in with his usual insights and charming wit to talk about feline depression from a cat’s point of view!


Newton’s Purrspective – Do Cats Get Depressed?

The short days of winter have made me think about how sad people can be this time of year. Depression is widely recognized as a serious problem in humans (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs369/en/) so perhaps you have wondered if your cat could also be affected. Since you can’t ask Fluffy if she is feeling sad, or is worried that her life is not what she hoped, astute observation is essential. Speaking for myself, I have a delightful personality filled with a host of amusing quirks. If my staff found me hiding under the bed all day, refusing food, or ignoring my favorite catnip toys I would be at the vet’s office in the blink of an eye. All of these behaviors could be symptoms of depression and a legitimate cause for worry.




Isaac Newton

First, it is important to understand that depression is not a disease in itself, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. An exam can rule out physical problems which may be apparent only to health care professionals.

Clinical signs include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Uncharacteristic behavior (e.g. hissing for no apparent reason)
  • Changes in litterbox habits
  • Disruption in sleep patterns

https://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/can-cats-get-depressed

If no medical problems are evident then it is time to look at mood related issues. I would start with changes in the household. Have there been additions or losses (either human or animal)? Although we cats have a reputation for being aloof we can closely bond with humans, other cats, and even dogs! This affection is part of our normal balanced routine and a disruption could lead to depression. Losing the companion who shared a sunbeam can be devastating. On the other hand, learning to share with a new addition is also stressful. I know jealousy isn’t productive, but even perceived loss of affection is depressing.

Other changes that could be upsetting include new furniture, food or daily routines. Is Tabby home alone more than in the past? Have favorite toys or beds been lost or cleaned with something irritating to a cat’s sensitive nose? Any change could be stressful, leading to depression.

Even if you can pinpoint the cause of depression you may not be able to fix it (e.g. the change was a new spouse or move to a new apartment). Change is part of life. However, there are things you can do to help restore Kitty’s emotional balance. The therapy is quite similar to that used to decrease stress. Make sure Kitty has a safe space for quiet time, but also provide environmental enrichment and quality time with you. My favorite thing is having my ears rubbed. No matter how bad a mood I am in I just can’t stop myself from purring.

I have to admit that Cat Faeries Legendary Cat Toys are right up there with ear rubs when I need cheering up. Cat Faeries also has a wide variety of products to ease stress – everything from flower essences including the new Emotional Sunshine to mood music for cats to the new cat shaped amethyst geodes (beautiful and perfect to use with flower essences).

Do cats suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the short days of winter? Probably not, but given a choice you will find me napping in a sunbeam.

 
 
 
 

New! Emotional Sunshine Flower Essence For Cats!

Have you ever thought that you cat might be depressed but dismissed thinking that you were imagining things? Well you probably were not, feline depression is a real thing, not just a bad fur-day! Cats are happy by nature when they get to do what they enjoy like sleeping, eating, playing, resting in sunbeams, stalking, loving peace and quiet, but sometimes circumstances beyond their control cause them to become depressed. They can get gloomy and down in the dumps just like we can – and sometimes they pick up our upsets and bouts with depression. Cats will react by being mopey, sleeping more than usual, hissing at situations which never bothered them before. They might be hiding or maybe the cat stopped stop grooming or lost their appetite. They can lose weight, they can gain weight.

We’ve put together our most upbeat and cheery flower essences into a bottle of Emotional Sunshine Flower Essences For Cats to chase away the blues and shake off the doldrums! If the cat exhibits signs of depression for an extended period, please see your veterinarian to evaluate any underlying health conditions.

While you are waiting for your order to arrive, pick up your cat, turn up the volume and dance around the house!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbZSe6N_BXs

 
 
 
 

Correcting feline behaviors with beautiful objects to adorn your home

In addition to our wildly popular and successful energized waters – specifically our Convivial House Cat and our Flower Essence Formulas for Cats – the placement of the crystal Amethyst throughout your home has some surprising benefits for changes in behavior and in health. What we love is when something benefits cats and their people at the same time. This to us is a huge win-win and it’s what we are all about. We are advocates of great benefits, good health and good behavior, plus a lot of love and kindness for all! Gemstones and crystals have been used medicinally dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, and going further back to at least 25,000 years B.C. in India, China, and South America. Surely any ancient culture worked with the stones and crystals indigenous to their area. It’s not just the stone itself, but the shape, color, and feel also contribute their gifts and meanings.

Placing Amethyst in Your Home!

Aside from what they can do for your body, Amethyst crystals are one of the most beneficial stones to have in your environment. Due to this, many people fill their homes with them—in their bedroom, living room, bathroom, office, meditation room, and from our viewpoint they should go near cat litter boxes, and where cats eat and spend most of their time napping. And yes, put one in your car too. The purpose is so that the amethyst healing properties constantly surround, influence, and protect them. Amethyst works to purify any space of negative vibrations, emanating an energy ideal for you to thrive in and be happy in. They help to clear the mind of unnecessary thoughts and clutter. On a physical level, having amethyst crystals in your home is believed to help strengthen the immune system and heal any imbalances that lie in the body.

Amethyst clusters and Amethyst geodes carry the strongest power to rid your home of negative energy or to correct bad behaviors of those who live there which makes them the best crystals to fill your home with. Key places to put Amethyst is anywhere that’s central to your home such as on your fireplace, coffee table, dining table, or any other place that’s central and important in your unique home. We want Amethyst’s healing properties radiating inside each room, creating almost a tempo or resonance between them that’s full of life and beneficial healing. Also place placed near each door that comes into your home from the outside to prevent bad energies from entering and causing interference. If you have a front porch, or a side or back step place one there too.

For cats they can be tucked into a cat’s bed or in the corner of a favorite sofa so that the loving and soothing energy can be right where a cat is spending most of the day and night which is usually sleeping and resting. They can go in your cat’s dining area and near their litter boxes (which are ideally in separate rooms and far away from each other. Amethyst carved into the shape of a cat might be particularly useful to our domestic cats and surely could assist in positive changes in their behavior particularly when Cat Faeries Flower Essences for Cats or Convivial House Cat is placed upon it. This would be after you cleansed it, energized it, and set your intentions as we detail in our crystals handout that comes with your order.

If you are a person who has a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep Amethyst crystals are even thought to helpful with insomnia or middle of the night agitation. They dispel anger and bitterness. Placing an Amethyst cluster in your business is thought to attract abundance and bring new opportunities walking through the door. Do you use a sauna? Take an Amethyst with you and set it near you to dispel the toxins that are releasing.

Correcting Cat Behavior and Enhancing Their Health and Well Being

Many feel that unlike quartz crystal that Amethyst charges itself especially the darker the purple it is. Other crystals and gemstones need to be set out in the sun for charging but all that’s needed to clear your Amethyst is cold running water. Once you have cleansed your new Amethyst carved cats place them in special or cat loving places.

  • Near the water bowl BUT not in it as there could be traces of toxic minerals not visible to the naked eye. It’s also best to not place them in water bowls as the cat’s saliva will coat them with biofilms which would require washing with warm soapy water. See our blog article on biofilms.
  • On your cat’s bed
  • On the sofa or a chair that your cat likes to snooze on
  • In the litter box latrine area to prevent chasing of timid cats or fighting by territorial cats
  • Place them on a dish or a piece of velvet or another cloth is nice and keeps them from rolling or moving around
  • Some Amethysts fade a bit in bright sun so keep that in mind

Step one: Cleanse your Amethyst under cold running water. Shake off excess water, pat dry

Step two: Program it by holding it in your hands, near the cave of your heart, and say the words or phrases which describe the changes in your cat’s behavior or health that you wish to see occur. After you do this say a heartfelt thank you. The flowery or more poetic your speech, the better!

Step three: Place it or them where you desire making sure that the location is easy and convenient for you since you’ll be applying drops or sprays daily.

Step four: Put a few drops or sprays of the product of your choice which would be one of Cat Faeries Flower Essences for Cats or Convivial House Cat. You can use more than one remedy at a time. Do this daily until the situation has changed or for maintenance.

Step five: Once a week or so give the Amethyst a rinse under cold water to remove dust and dried flower essences or Convivial House Cat. It probably won’t need re-programming, but do it anyway, crystals of all kinds love being cleansed and they LOVE being talked to and thanked!

More detailed instructions come with your order, save them!

 
 

How to Expand Your Cat or Dog Family

Often this time of year a new dog or puppy finds a new home, and often that new home has a cat or a few cats already in residence. We asked our friends at Rover for some advice for introducing a new dog to cats so that the transition is as peaceful and harmonious as possible!

Don’t forget Convivial House Cat, and one of our flower essences like Multi Cat Household or Multi Species Household will work wonders too!


How to Expand Your Cat or Dog Family

By Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

When you’re ready to bring a new fur baby into the house, you’ll want to think carefully about how and when you introduce them to your other cats and dogs. It can be stressful to get acquainted, so take the time to prepare. Here are some helpful tips from Rover.com.

First, gather as much information as you can about your animal family before the introductions.

  • Has the dog you’re inviting into the family had experience with cats? You’ll want to know how he will interact with the cats before you bring him home. The same goes for new cat friends joining a dog family.
  • Do you have a dog at home who hasn’t met a cat before? Invite a friend’s cat over to play to see how they interact. If you discover your pup is aggressive or rough with cats, work with a trainer before you bring a cat home. If you’re a cat family, do the same work to ensure they’re ready to welcome home a dog.
  • What is the personality of the new cat or dog? Are they playful or mellow? Do they have a quick temper or are they easily frightened? Consider what kind of cat or dog would work best with your current family.
  • Think about the age and activity level of your animal family. If you’ve got kittens who like to play, they may respond fine to a younger dog who has lots of energy. However, if you’ve got a chilled out cat, adding an active puppy to the mix may be more difficult than a senior dog who is more relaxed.

When you’re ready for introductions, take your time moving through each phase of the process.

  1. Before the official introductions, find a separate space for the cat and dog to reside in your home. After a few days, have them switch places. Repeat this process for up to 3 days. This will allow them to learn the scent of the other animal before physical contact. They may be curious, excited, or anxious about the new smells in the house. This is normal!
  2. Next allow them in the same room but make sure the dog is on a leash. Allow them up to an hour together in the same room to sniff each other out. Then, separate them for a few hours. Repeat this cycle several times adding a little more time together during each session.
  3. Once the dog is calm and the cat is comfortable moving around freely, let your dog off leash but continue to oversee their interactions. It may take time, but you’ll know they’re comfortable with each other when your cat eats and uses the litter box freely and your dog is relaxed with the cat. If your dog barks obsessively or becomes aggressive with the cat, you’ll need to work with a trainer.

Don’t worry if it takes longer than you expect. With patience and consistent practice, your family will find their own rhythm living together!

 
 
 
 

How To Help Animal Victims of Hurricane Harvey and How to Prepare for Emergencies

Our resident feline expert – Issac Newton – writes on how to help cats and other animals affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as preparing your own household for emergencies.


Newton’s Purrspective – Hurricane Harvey and Beyond

You have probably heard of the courageous people risking their own lives to save abandoned animals following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. http://www.lovemeow.com/cats-rescued-houston-residents-stay-behind-to-help-save-stranded-animals-from-flood-waters-2478964880.html?from=homer

You may also be wondering what you can do to help. But aren’t sure who to trust with your efforts or hard-earned money.




Isaac Newton

Most of us are not in a position to physically help with rescue efforts, so you might be considering sending money to a relief organization. Many groups are doing wonderful work, but sadly, not all can be trusted in this electronic world. Since 9/11 there have been many stories, for example, about The American Red Cross not distributing money as they promised.

How can you tell if your potential recipient will spend the money to help hurricane victims? How can you tell if an unfamiliar group is a legitimate charity? The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance http://www.give.org/for-donors/about-specific-giving-guidance/disaster-relief-donations/ is an excellent place to start.

Rescue organizations across the country are partnering up to help the overcrowded Texas shelters by transporting displaced animals to other states. If you live in a state near Texas your local shelter may be accepting some of these cats, dogs and other animals like bunnies. If you know a shelter that is taking in evacuated pets you can donate food, bedding, cat litter, dishes etc.

In general, cats are very “location oriented” and have a much more difficult time with losing their homes than “people oriented” dogs. Perhaps you have experience in foster care. Fostering a displaced animal can not only supply an immediate need, it can also free up room at shelters.

In fact, if you have been considering adopting a cat, now is a great time to do it. (Of course, attempts will be made to reunite families, but there are many adoptable cats in shelters waiting for forever homes.)

Hurricane season is not over and disasters are possible wherever you live. The Red Cross explains how to prepare yourself for such emergency situations. http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready/get-a-kit However, animals are not considered and may not be allowed in shelters designated for people only.

Redrover has been helping animals in crisis situations for 30 years. Their website provides a comprehensive list of supplies needed for cats. https://redrover.org/disaster-supplies-cats

Cat Faeries flower essences may also help Kitty through a stressful situation. I recommend Moves and Changes, and Calm and Serene. Convivial House Cat can be used in tandem for added calming and the ability to cope with stress.

Having a plan and supplies gathered is as important as having a list of emergency numbers by your phone. You might get a few backpacks and fill them with first aid materials, cash in small bills, food and water for all of the species in your home and keep them near the front door or the garage door in the event that you need to make a quick exit. It’s always a good idea to have carriers in good shape, clean and that contain a carrier pad – Cat Faeries waterproof washable pads are excellent choice. And, of course, the time to make your plan is now – long before you are told to evacuate.

Another wise precaution is posting a sign saying there are animals inside your house to alert first responders. https://secure.aspca.org/take-action/order-your-pet-safety-pack Wallet cards and keyring tags saying “my pet is home alone” are widely available and could save lives if you are sick or injured and unable to return home.

While this story centered on Hurricane Harvey, at the time of this writing Hurricane Irma was threatening to strike. We also cannot forget about the horrible fires in The Pacific Northwest, throughout California including Los Angeles and Yosemite National Park, Montana, Oregon and the people and animals who will be displaced, or worse.

Help others whenever you can, and above all, be safe! And be sure to hug and kiss your cat and loved ones!



Photo courtesy of the Southeast Volusia Humane Society
 
 
 
 

Crystals and flower essences, pairing two powerful and effective modalities!

Many years ago, a few of us flower essence visionaries did an experiment. We wanted to see if we could beam or transmit the vibration from our flower essences to another person or animal by using crystals. We thought that in theory it would work, but we wanted to thoroughly test it out to make certain. We gathered our own single essences and several of Cat Faeries formulas for cats which feature the vibrations of flowers, trees, mushrooms, and gemstones. We selected a few people who had cats or other animals who agreed to be part of an experiment but who didn’t know the details therefore we could conduct a “blind test” with zero influence from our test subjects. To create a “double blind” test we covered over the name of the essence on the bottle, and shuffled them around so we would not know which we were applying to our crystals.

With giddy joy, we found that putting a few drops of a flower essence on a crystal, then following with the power of our minds and the intention of our spoken words asking the crystal to transmit the energy to the person or animal that it had worked. When we checked in with our subjects and asked if they felt or noticed changes either for themselves or their furry friends every answer was yes! Some people told us they actually preferred the use of crystals as it felt more powerful, but still gentle, to the traditional methods which include people taking drops in a glass of water or under the tongue, and for cats and other animals, putting drops in a cat’s food or water, anointing a cat’s fur, paws, ears or back.

Wondering if our success was serendipitous we did this 5 times over the course of a few months and each time with different subjects. The results were the same, we always got positive feedback and lots of YES! This new amplified way of using flower essences on crystals was working and we couldn’t have been happier!

Getting to know Cat Faeries crystals – new specimens have just arrived!

There is a very special mine where our crystals come from where the stones are mined with integrity and care. The quality is superb. The vibration of these crystals is pure and they await YOU to clear them and to set your intentions so that they may serve you, your cats, and all of those who you love and care for.

We are fortunate to have crystals called Golden Healers which are a quartz crystal that grew on or near Iron Hydrate and gives them a wonderful golden color, a golden glow, or a wash a golden yellow. This golden color adds to the healing power of quartz crystal. Golden Healers are rather hard to come by, and healers collect them and cherish them. They are for anyone who’s intrigued by crystals and likes having them around for their beauty, or who is serious about crystal healing and wishes to elevate their work with crystals we are honored to offer you Golden Healer Quartz.


 
 

In Vedic astrology, this color represents the planet Jupiter, it’s day of the week is Thursday which would be the ideal day to do your crystal healing. Thursday is a positive day, a day to wear yellows and oranges, to feel grateful and to be productive, and to take care of our health and the health of those we love. This is a good time to expand your consciousness and to learn something new or elevate what you already know, and crystal work will compliment this perfectly. Gazing upon a golden healer for 3 minutes on a Thursday will soothe the eyes.

Currently in our collection we have two categories of specimens of Golden Healers: 1) Chubby or Pointed which are more the usual crystal shape with a point that is either pointy or rounded, or which might be an irregular shape. These are sold individually and we select them for you based on your name or the name of the cat who needs crystal healing. 2) Grab Bags which contain a mix of what we call “pin needle” crystals that are long, narrow and have a point or are smaller irregular shapes. There are 5 to a grab bag. When you order you’ll use the COMMENTS area to tell us who the crystals are for and its ok to tell us the condition you are hoping to correct.

Coming later this month we will offer a few larger specimens sold individually, which were weighed and photographed so you can purchase the one that speaks to you.

If you like your crystal “water clear” we also have beautiful AAA grade quartz which is may have some cloudy elements, something that healer love too. They have points and are sized around 2 inches in length.

When you order flower essences from Cat Faeries we include our lavender color handout which will have the various ways you can use flower essences including how to work with crystals.

From our website:

Golden Healers are themselves master healers, therefore they will help you master your own healing work. They will help you access The Gold Ray. They will help you transform, transmute, grow, change, evolve, find and feel joy, blossom and flourish. They assist you when you need to dissolve negativity and release it. Access your own Christ consciousness, Angelic and Devic energies, and the Goddess within. Golden Healers have a very high vibration or frequency and are very well suited to flower essence work. Welcome to a special clan of healers who work with Golden Healers. Join us in doing your own healing work to benefit those you love and care for, and those in your unique community.

Quartz Crystals are powerful and beautiful and will boost the effectiveness of flower essences and of Convivial House Cat. All you need to do is place a few drops of either (or both) products on your crystal and it will beam the vibration to where you’ve directed it. So simple! Detailed instruction will be found in your hand out for Convivial House Cat and our flower essence formulas.