A few years ago, a friend asked me to talk to one of her cats. While communicating with this kitty, I felt there was something on his mind. When I asked him what he was thinking about, he said that “Mama smells funny in her top part.” He couldn’t be specific about what it was he was smelling, he just didn’t like it . I got the sense that the smell was somewhat acrid. I passed this information on to my friend who didn’t know what to think of it. Since it didn’t seem to be anything that was important at the time, we both just forgot about it.
About a year or so later, my friend was diagnosed with cancer. She immediately thought back to what her kitty said about “the smell” he didn’t like. She is convinced that her kitty was smelling the beginnings of her illness.
I tend to agree with her…of course we have no proof of this. But, being able to pick up the “smell” of an illness such as cancer seems more than possible, especially for a pet that can smell the tiniest bit of a treat that’s locked in the car out in the garage next door…..
One of the things we need to remember for the benefit of our pets, is that they will often take on what’s bothering us. They do this in order that we might feel better….they want to help us. Dogs will do this more than cats. But in any pet, this can sometimes cause changes in their behavior or even an illness.
Once I was asked to talk to a dog who had developed a sudden limp. The owner said that the dog had no injury to his leg and the dog’s vet could find nothing that would cause this animal to limp. What could possibly be wrong? I wasn’t sure the dog would be able to tell me, but it was worth a try.
During the course of the conversation, this dog told me that he was concerned about his mama. “Sometimes mama can’t walk right….and she says her leg hurts”. I asked this dog if that’s why he walks funny now. He said ” I just want to help mama feel better”. When I told the owner what her dog said, she was quite taken aback. Yes, her leg was sore occasionally and every now and then she does “walk funny”. Could this be the source of her dog’s limp? The answer is a resounding YES. Her loving furry friend was trying to help his mama feel better by taking on her leg problem.
This woman’s dog only took on her limp in an effort to help….so he was not making himself sick with it. But I have talked to animals who have actually taken on their human’s pain, both physical and emotional. They can develop real pain in their bodies that can become debilitating. More common than animals taking on their owner’s physical problems is animals taking on their owner’s emotional ills. I have been asked to talk to pets who have suddenly become depressed, sad or anxious. More than once I’ve found that the reason a pet suddenly hangs her head, mopes around the house or paces and pants around her owner, is that she is feeling the depressed, sad and anxious energy coming from her human. She doesn’t know she’s doing this….she just knows there’s something coming from her mama that doesn’t feel right.
This pet’s owner was somewhat surprised about what her dog was telling me…but yes, she has been somewhat depressed and more than a little anxious because she just lost her job and isn’t sure what the future holds for her.
The lesson here is that sometimes our pets develop problems directly related to what’s going on with us. Any time we see changes in our pet’s behavior and health, it’s always a good idea to take a look inside ourselves and around our environments…..we may find that the answer to what’s going on with FiFi is us.
Blessings to you and yours,