How nature restores and maintains health – discovering Vitamin “G.”

Several times a year we like to devote a newsletter to you, the person who is the caregiver, the Maid or Butler, the guardian, the Cat Mom or Cat Dad – whatever ways you refer to yourself as a lover of cats and all animals who lives and cares for cats, or who wishes they could. It’s important to us that YOU are as happy and healthy we wish to see your cats be!

The Japanese term Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing” was coined in Japan decades ago, and the practice has spread globally. In Japan people would walk slowly, bathing in the sights, sounds, smells and energy of the forest. They found that they felt better, got healthier, and diseases would reverse. This is not macho hiking with a pedometer! It’s done slowly and purposely with intention and an open heart and mind. It has been so successful that since 1982 it’s been part of the Japanese national health care program. No water is involved! And you keep your clothes on, unless of course you know you are alone and are brave!

Earthing one’s feet is equally beneficial and you can do both practices at the time of any outing into nature. Earthing, sometimes called grounding, connects you with the electrical charges of the earth, directly from the earth. Since many of us are indoors most of the time we have lost this vital health restoring and maintaining connection. Think of this earth as a giant-sized battery which can in turn charge your cells, your organs and every system in the body.

Dr. Josh Axe tells us: “Because of our modern way of living — for example, always wearing shoes and living most of our lives above ground in our homes or offices that are located several floors up in tall buildings, we’re losing touch with the earth’s natural “electrical” force. It is an established, though not widely appreciated fact, that the Earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons. The Earth’s negative charges can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems which may be important for setting the biological clock, regulating circadian rhythms, and balancing cortisol levels.”

When one is electrically grounded to the earth you should immediately feel:

  • Centered
  • Solid
  • Strong
  • Balanced
  • Less tense
  • Less stressed

If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll see that inflammation goes down dramatically. Other benefits are:

  • Better sleep
  • Less Anxiety
  • Better Circulation
  • Less Pain
  • Less stiffness and soreness
  • Improves autoimmune disease such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Irritable Bowl, and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lowers free-radicals and oxidative stress

Dr. Josh Axe goes on to tell us that he and his friends have discovered a new vitamin – they humorously refer to earthing or grounding as Vitamin G, as in grounding! So, go outside, get barefoot and absorb some Vitamin G – it does not come in a bottle and its free!

One last thought about earthing/grounding, it has been proven by scientists and veterinarians that when a cat or other animal is sick they seek out soft earth to lay upon to get well. We found many articles about this and we encourage you to read a few of them. And you thought this story was just about people!

Worried about cooties in the dirt on your bare feet? Us too, so we apply one drop of Oregano Oil to each foot will kill any parasites lurking in the soil. Make sure that the earth you stand on is free of herbicides like Round Up which your feet could absorb. To find out if the area you want to earth in has been sprayed with herbicides ask a ranger if one is available ask them, or before you go seek out maps that would have this information. When you return home soak your feet in cool water with a bit of Epsom salt or apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes. Worried about cooties in the dirt getting on your bare feet? Us too, so we apply one drop of Oregano Oil to each foot which repels parasites and other unwelcome critters.

Using www.meetup.com I found a forest bathing group in my city which is a group activity. I think doing it solo and with a group can both be beneficial. If you don’t have a Meet Up group near you, start one. All you need is some sort of forest or woods, and a bit of reading up in advance on how to instruct your fellow forest bathers.

Using Flower Essences in Nature

While taking a leisurely “forest bath” Sunday, then stopping to earth my feet, (this is also known as grounding) on a bench surrounded by 3 ancient trees I noticed that one of my favorite wildflowers was growing nearby: Forget-Me-Not. These small plants with small blue flowers were pushing themselves up through a large area of non-native and invasive ivy. Their message was loud and clear – remember the love of nature you had as a child or a youth, or during periods of time in your adult life when you could go out into nature to refresh and renew yourself and push through all barriers!

To deepen your forest bathing and earthing experience we highly recommend using flower essences during that time you are surrounded by the plants, trees, birds and the general vibe of the place. Cat Faeries Single Flower Essences can be mixed ahead of time or you can pop a few of them in your bag or pack and take them under the tongue when you arrive. You can create your very own I Love Nature formula! Instructions come with your order!

Are Forest Bathing and Earthing Two Activities that are Appropriate for Your Cat?

I think we all wonder if our house cats are missing out on the joys and health benefits of their feet touching dirt like we do. That’s one of the many reasons we like and have written about CATtios which are outdoor enclosed patios just for your cats where they can bird watch and roll around on grasses and dirt. If your cat has at least one year’s experience on a leash and harness, consider taking your cat on your forest bathing and earthing outing! But remember, it can be risky, so only use a 6-foot leash – never a retractable leash, and be ready for anything which could spook the cat.

The only harness that we recommend is the step in harness from our buddies at Cetacea: http://www.cetaceacorp.com/pets/step-in-harness.html They are made in the US and when fastened correctly your cat cannot back out of it like they can with collars and many other harnesses.

If you take your harness experienced cat be prepared for dogs and cyclists and the need to grab the cat quickly to get out of their way.

Or build a CATtio in your own backyard that your cat can enter and exit as they wish. They will be safe from predators and cars. Stray cats can’t get inside the CATtio to fight with or bother them. And because it’s your own backyard you know exactly what is in your own soil.

Now that Spring is popping up in many parts of the country it’s a great time to get ready for some forest bathing and earthing. When you come home you’ll energized, happier and healthier. Your cats and other beloveds will love to be around the energized you!

A short video about Forest Bathing:

http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html

Do you want to run off to a forest or woods right now, but can’t? Enjoy the sights and sounds from these videos. Just watching, listening and imagining that you are there can work wonders! This video lasts 8 hours! Seriously! Turn it on and go about your day listening to the chirping birds which will also entertain your cats!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G8LAiHSCAs

Usi the cat on his first hike in nature! Notice the short leash – this is so his person can keep control of the cat for the cat’s safety. We recommend walking much slower than the man is and stopping to breathe deeply, gaze upon, and touch the sights of the forest, park or woods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmmyGo8eZnk

 
 
 
 

When Kitty Needs Fluid Therapy

The other day we received an email from a customer who wondered if we had any sage wisdom on how best to give a cat subcutaneous fluids. Her cat is particularly fearful of many things and she’s concerned. Every vet or vet tech have their little tricks to make the process easier for the cat, and the person administering the SubQ fluids, but we thought we’d ask our Feline Editor At Large, Sir Isaac Newton, for his always brilliant take on this, and here it is!


Newton’s Purrspective – When Kitty Needs Fluid Therapy

Your veterinarian will administer fluids for a variety of reasons ranging from routine surgery to dehydration caused by serious illness. However, the most common reason for fluid therapy at home is chronic renal failure (CRF). Cats with CRF need extra fluids to help flush out toxins while decreasing the burden on the kidneys. Standard procedure is to do this at least once, if not twice daily. Although this can be done at a veterinary clinic I know that I would not appreciate all those car rides in a cat carrier! At home treatment is much less stressful.




Isaac Newton

If Kitty needs fluid therapy your veterinarian will instruct you in the procedure. It is simpler than you may imagine. The key to the whole procedure is keeping everyone involved calm and relaxed!

The needle is inserted under loose skin (commonly around the neck and shoulder area) and fluids are allowed to flow from an IV bag until a bulge is visible. This looks a little strange, but it is not painful and the fluids are quickly absorbed.

The procedure may take 10-15 minutes so the real challenge is keeping Kitty still. Set aside enough time so you are comfortable and not stressed about the possibility of being late for a meeting. We cats pick up on your emotions. If can’t hurt to play some relaxing music. I enjoy the “Forever A Kitten, Mood Music for Cats” CD.

Clearly, the best environment is a small quiet room. A bathroom may be your ideal location if you have a shower rod for hanging the fluids. My older brother had fluids twice a day for years and his staff used a bent coat hanger to attach the bag to the rod. Feliway diffusers are commonly used in cat designated exam rooms at clinics, so it may be worth trying at home. Or you can spray Cat Faeries Convivial House Cat around the area and on the bed or towel the cat is placed upon.

Here are a few additional tips:

  • Have everything ready BEFORE you bring Kitty to the treatment area in your home.
  • Although this procedure is often done by a single person, having an assistant around (especially during the first treatment) is a reasonable precaution.
  • Make sure Kitty is as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
  • Some cats like the security of being wrapped in a towel.
  • Other cats may like sitting inside a box (approximately the size of a cardboard cat carrier). Make sure the sides are high enough for kitty comfort, but low enough for you to insert the needle and encourage Kitty to stay in the box if she changes her mind.
  • Eventually your cat may indicate to you a more preferred area. Possibly a Cat Faeries cat bed.
  • Fluids should NEVER be refrigerated.
  • Ideally fluids should be body temperature, but room temperature is fine. Fill a bowl with warm to hot water and let the bag of fluids warm in the water bath. DO NOT microwave.
  • Use a Sharpie to mark how far down the fluid level should go during each treatment as the numbers on the bag aren’t bold and when the bag is elevated above your head they are hard to read. The Sharpie line really stands out.
  • Let gravity be your friend by hanging the bag as high as you can while still seeing the bag markings.
  • When you are finished pull out the needle and pinch the area where the needle had been inserted to stop any leaking. Some leaking is common as is a drop or two of blood.
  • Dispose of the used needle in the manner told by your veterinarian.
  • Insert a clean needle for next time. ALWAYS insert a clean needle.
  • Most cats realize that they feel better after this, so give you cat a few days to figure out that this is a good thing, not a bad thing!
  • Praise your cat after even if he/she is bolting for a closet or under the bed!
  • After you give your cat their daily fluids rinse out the water bowl(s) with soapy water to remove any biofilms which is bacteria harboring slime that we’ve written about. Put 3 drops of Cat Faeries Kidney Kitty in the bowl to help prevent further shrinking of the kidneys and to help keep them functioning at an optimal level.

 
 
 
 

Our Customer’s CATtoos!(A tattoo of a cat or cats.)

A few weeks ago a very delightful-customer named Paula sent us a photo of her first tattoo, a CATtoo. She and her daughter wanted to do something fun and memorable before the girl went off to college and they thought getting tattoo’s would be perfect! Paula designed a cat motif, or a CATtoo. We featured it in our newsletter and asked if anyone else would like to show theirs off to send us photos and a story if there was one. Here they are – inky and loving Valentine’s Day ways to honor the cats in their lives!


 

From Lori: “This was the love of my life Turtle, (Turtle-Hendrix full name lol). He suddenly passed from a tumor in his trachea and couldn’t breathe. They told me for 4 months that it was asthma, after being on inhalers and nothing working I went to another vet who informed me it was cancer and 4 days later had to be put down at age 14. I had just taken in 3 semi feral girls and they all loved him soooooooooooo much. So I got his actual body on my arm, where he would always snuggle beside me so we can be inseparable. My ex bf the tattoo artist traced his body from a photo and he is now on my arm forever. Later on I added the turtle above since his name was Turtle and I have a Turtle “Miss Pickles”


 

From Donna: “Hi. Over the years I have had the pleasure of being a mommy to many kitties. Seven, Jane, Melody, Mr. Furryman, Tomcat who have all gone over the rainbow bridge and Jerry (Toms Brother), Albert James, Jimmy and Cosmo who are still with me. Cats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one… just like tattoos. Here are a few of mine. The slinky cat on my leg is in memory of a friend who passed. The bracelet is for they way the walk all over me.. And my whiskers are just too cute. I also have pawprints within a piece on my back. Love my CATATTOS.”


 

From Karen: “A heart, my cat, an angel, a forget-me-not flower with a quarter moon.”


 

From Karen: “My name is Lynne. Getting a catTAT was my “mid life crisis” . At 49 yrs of age, I decided to get my first tattoo. Since I consider myself one of many “crazy cat ladies” getting a cat tat seemed a logical choice. After getting the tat, I wondered how well it would heal. I have Late Stage Lyme Disease + multiple other pathogens (MSIDS / multi systemic immune deficiency syndrome) from a nasty tick bite, which seriously damages the immune system. Everything healed great! I love cats & love my catTAT, aka catToo.”


 

From Sam

 
 
 
 

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!