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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Here we go again. I posted this on another loop, but thought maybe there would be a few here who hadn't read about it:

You know from my whiney posts that I had shoulder surgery six weeks ago. The pain has been worse than expected, and I hate taking narcotics, so I whine a lot. A couple of days ago, I had taken my narcotics and other meds to kill the pain, but it didn't work. Must have been a weather change. So as I lay there on my Lazy Boy recliner, aching and feeling sorry for myself, a strange thing happened. One of our rescued cats, Hobbit, who is very fat, jumped onto the headrest of my chair. This is something new for her. She isn't a lap cat, but she's done this since a few weeks before my surgery. She's more attentive for some reason.

Soon after, Mel's cat, Teddy Bear, another rescued cat, jumped onto my chair and lay on the armrest. She isn't a lapcat, either, so this was weird. Then Data, my two-year-old kitten, rescued from Walmart parking lot, who is very attached to me, jumped onto my chest and settled in, purring and grinning into my face, from time to time touching my cheek with his paw lovingly. Hobbit-the-fat started purring very loudly. All three cats were touching me. I couldn't get out of the chair, because Hobbit is really heavy, and I couldn't raise the chair back.

The shooting pains across my shoulders, arms and hands began to go away. Within ten minutes, that pain was gone, and remained that way for several hours,

Call me crazy. As I've said to other friends, I know about the laying on of hands, but the laying on of cats has not been common knowledge. I had just prayed for God to ease my pain. He did. He used these cats to do it, I have no doubt, though it feels really strange to admit that. I had just been complaining two days before that our cats didn't keep up their end of the housework. I won't complain like that again.

I'd love to read about other stories of animal aid. Do you have animals you love who have had an impact in your life in this way? I know we've discussed this before, but this healing thing, it's all new to me!

Hannah Alexander  
posted at 11:22 PM  
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At 8:52 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Wow! That's really cool. :)

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Cats being cats, however, I haven't been able to get them to do it again. LOL Not all at once, anyway, just one at a time.

At 3:43 PM, Blogger Peg said...

What a neat story. My cats often seem to know when I'm not feeling well and want to get close. But I've never experienced anything like you described. Awesome.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

My 17 year cat, Kameko, has never been a lap cat, but she seems to know when I'm not feeling well and will either be on the bed with me, right at my side, or if I"m in a chair, laying right on the arm or the back of the head. It seems if I'm having a particularly bad day, she will take actually want to lay on me for some time. She just purrs and will some time reach out to touch my face with a paw.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I've read that purring is a way cats heal themselves, and maybe it's a healing attempt for their loved humans. My two-year-old, 13 pound kitten does that, reaches out and touches me on the face with his paw, with the most loving look in his eyes. Mel and I discussed this once, and wondered, jokingly, if the cat might just be thinking, "If you were smaller, I could eat you."

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

In the infamous words of Winnie the Pooh: "I don't want to eat [you], I just want to TASTE [you]."

A cat's purr can fix just about anything for me. That's an awesome story.

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

LOL. That's right, Winnie the Pooh is also very calming.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

LOL, Cheryl, first healing of cat's paws I have heard of also! I will say the warmth from an animal whose temp runs about 102 degrees is very welcome when something hurts unless they try to 'paw' back and forth on the most injured part.

My stray adopted cat I am still trying to teach not to bite me but every so often will come up and want to sit on my chest when I am laying down and purr. Cats are certainly strange creatures.

We think we now know why this cat was lost (declawed) as she goes in a frenzy about 4 a.m. and keeps it up for almost 2 hours. No sleep for anyone!! I bet her former owners are very refreshed right now from a good night's sleep.

Me? I'm plain tired!

At 11:30 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Our cats do the same thing when we let them stay upstairs with us at night, so it just doesn't happen. They go to the basement at bedtime, lured there by a little bit of kitten food, which they love. Even if they do go crazy, we wouldn't hear them. Plus, I wear ear plugs and we have white noise in the bedroom. I'm a light sleeper. If you can keep her in the garage or in a separate room far from your bedroom, you'll be fine.

We've found that our adult strays are much more difficult to tame than the kitten, of course. Teddy Bear, whom we've had for about three years, is much more tame now than she ever was. Hobbit is our wildest, who only came in from the cold a little over a year ago, and is afraid of everyone but Mel and me. I can see why they're afraid, though. They've probably been abandoned by their trusted people, so they've lost trust. Bless you for taking in and protecting your little cat, who is helpless in the wild without claws.

Happy New Year!

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

Very fun story, Hannah, thanks for sharing! We have two teen cats, who are very alert when our girls get upset. It is so sweet. They will usually come to see what is wrong.

I prayed for God to have the right cats ready for us at the right time, and I think He has answered my request. Tex and Jake are great cats, and since we left them for a week for Christmas and have returned to them, they are so much more affectionate. I think they have decided we really are theirs. :-)

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Abby said...

My husband and I were really sick with a stomach virus after Christmas and our normally hyper 6lb dog ignored the rest of the family to lay by whichever one of us was sick at the time. it was so sweet. Animals just know.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Cheri said...

Thanks for the good advice. I just hate putting her in the garage but she IS driving me crazy, lol. Just when I am about to sleep for an couple of hours, this starts up. She 'paws' at the door, the TV, gets on the dresser and does it on the mirror -- anything to get my attention. In desperation, I finally let her out but worry about her.

I am hoping the longer we have her, the more she will feel comfortable being inside. I need to take her to the vet and make SURE she is neutered, as I don't want a kitty family out in the cold. I feel since she is declawed, she must be spayed, but I guess I shouldn't count on it.

I, too, am a light sleeper so will definitely let her have the laundry room, at least -- thanks!

Oh, I was always the one who brought home strays and whose mother always made me take them back, lol. Now, I can keep them!

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

They do know when you're hurting, for sure. Right now, though, I'm noticing that every time I sit down to read or email or write, they also know, and they come running. Sigh. And of course, now that my cats all "healed" me, I feel guilty for kicking them off my lap fifteen times a day. LOL

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Yes, Cheri, she'll become more comfortable as you keep her inside longer. Our overgrown kitten, Data, started acting like a teenager, staying out too late, eating plants (yeah, now he thinks he's a vegetarian) and getting sick on the carpet. I started keeping him in all the time, and now when he goes out it's cold, so he doesn't stay long. I think he's past adolescence now. Whew. I would say if someone went to the trouble of declawing a cat, they would spay her, too, but you can't be sure. Thing is, it's hard to tell if a cat's been spayed unless they shave her. But that's no biggie.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger kSk said...

I've been sick with a cold for a week and pregnant too and my two 50+lb dogs have both tried to sit in my lap at one point over the weekend while I was laying on the couch.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Don't you just love 'em? Even when they're pests?


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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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