The benefits of Reiki for our beloved paw babies
I have two cats; one is a 6 year old named Abby, and this summer my partner and I rescued a long haired kitten who we named Wimbly. Both of my cats are rescues and came to me with a variety of emotional needs. My most recent kitten Wimbly was rejected by his mother when he was born and had to be bottle fed, and because of this he has many issues. I have been working on both cats with Reiki and have achieved some beautiful results that I would like to share with you.
Reiki is very calming for animals and reduces stress. When I first rescued Wimbly he was covered head to toe in fleas (this was the reality for Abby as well). I do not condone harsh chemical treatments so by using apple cider vinegar and tedious combing I was able to be rid of the fleas within a week. Unfortunately, this meant, for both cats, much of their first weeks with me was forced holding and rigorous combing. Sadly this created anxiety in Abby and to this day does not like being picked up, (we are still working through this together). With Wimbly, I started by holding my hands open to him and offering him Reiki, when he accepts Reiki he will investigate my hands and usually collapses into my lap for Reiki cuddles. I noticed how much this reduced his stress and he soon would come over to me if I showed him the comb and would purr during his flea combing sessions! Relaxation achieved!
Reiki relieves pain and speeds the healing process. Wimbly recently went in for surgery and therefore had to wear a cone on his head, which was recommenced for a week. If you’ve ever had your pet in this state you know how heartbreaking it is to see them so sad looking and uncomfortable after surgery and in a cone sized prison. With Abby, she became so depressed, she did not move from one spot on the couch for 8 days. Wimbly was more energetic but after giving him some Reiki I noticed he was very uncomfortable and in pain. He became desperate to remove his cone, and during a Reiki session with a client he slipped his cone off and came onto the table and slept for the entire session. For the next week I did Reiki on him every day and monitored his recovery, and noticed a huge shift in his mood and overall recovery.
Animals need Reiki as much as we do – and they love it! It is very rare that I can practice Reiki on myself without one or both of my cats coming and laying quite literally directly on my hands. They ask for it all the time in different ways, and usually sneak into my Reiki sessions with clients by sleeping on the table for the duration of the session, (this is Wimbly’s favourite hobby). Overall there are so many benefits of Reiki for Animals that can help with many different things, even behavioural problems. I will be posting more about this in Part 2 of this article! Stay tuned..