Archive for October, 2012

Stress Relief: Your Kitty Has the Answer

Tired? Stressed to the max? Feeling overwhelmed? These are all too common reactions to the lives we lead today. I feel all of these on most days, at some point, and I’ll bet you do too.

We are expected to accomplish so much in one day that it’s no wonder we are so tired and stressed out by the time we climb into bed. What’s worse is that this can make it hard to fall asleep. It’s almost like we are too tired and it’s keeping us awake! Add in the stressful feelings and it be a rough night of tossing and turning.

Finding ways to de-stress are so important, for both our mental and physical health. I use all kinds of little methods, from drinking a hot cup of tea to reading comforting quotes, to try to relax. But the very best de-stresser in my life is my cats.

When I take a break, and sit down with one of my cats curled up in my lap, it makes my world instantly better. The very act of petting them is so soothing and if they start purring, it’s pure heaven. Even five minutes of this can make my mind and body relax completely.

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Multiple stress relief...even better! Photo by jon_a_ross at flickr

They have proven that petting an animal can bring about physical changes, such as lowering your blood pressure. I am so happy to see that taking pets to nursing homes, and other places where they aren’t allowed to have pets, has become more common. I can just imagine what that means to the people in there that love animals. I can also imagine that it has to be wonderful “medicine” for them.

The next time you feel as though you are going to crack in half from stress, grab your kitty and have a peaceful moment. Of all the things I have tried (and believe me, I’ve tried a lot of tricks because I am a stress mess) a petting session with one of my babies is the absolute best. Not only does it relax us, but our cat gets extra attention and love too…a win win situation for sure!

My prescription for stress: Take one cat, sit down for petting session for at least five minutes. Repeat as necessary. The only side effect is that it may cause drowsiness, but in this case, that’s a good thing!

Have a peaceful day.

 

So Funny and So True!

My Aunt Esther sent me this and I loved it! It’s so funny because it’s so true! Wanted to share it with all of you and hope you enjoy it asĀ  much as I did.

 

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STRICT, UNBENDING RULES FOR DEALING WITH STRAY CATS
1. Stray cats will not be fed.
2. Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food.
3. Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food moistened
with a little milk.
4. Stray cats will not be fed anything except dry cat food moistened
with warm milk yummy treats and leftover fish scraps.
5. Stray cats will not be encouraged to make this house their permanent
residence.
6. Stray cats will not be petted, played with or picked up and cuddled
unnecessarily.
7. Stray cats that are petted, played with, picked up and cuddled will
absolutely not be given a name.
8. Stray cats with or without a name will not be allowed inside the
house at any time.
9. Stray cats will not be allowed inside the house except at certain
times.
10. Stray cats will not be allowed inside the house except on days
ending in “y”.
11. Stray cats allowed inside will not be permitted to jump up on or
sharpen their claws on the furniture.
12. Stray cats will not be permitted to jump up on, or sharpen claws on
the really good furniture.
13. Stray cats will be permitted on all furniture but must sharpen claws
on new $114.99 sisal-rope cat-scratching post with three perches.
14. Stray cats will answer the call of nature outdoors in the sand.
15. Stray cats will answer the call of nature in the three-piece,
high-impact plastic tray filled with Fresh’n’Sweet kitty litter.
16. Stray cats will answer the call of nature in the hooded litter pan
with a three-panel privacy screen and plenty of head room.
17. Stray cats will sleep outside.
18. Stray cats will sleep in the garage.
19. Stray cats will sleep in the house.
20. Stray cats will sleep in a cardboard box lined with an old blanket.
21. Stray cats will sleep in the special Kitty-Komfort-Bed
withnon-allergenic lamb’s wool pillow.
22. Stray cats will not be allowed to sleep in our bed.
23. Stray cats will not be allowed to sleep in our bed, exceptat the
foot.
24. Stray cats will not be allowed to sleep in our bed under the covers.
25. Stray cats will not be allowed to sleep in our bed under the covers
except at the foot.
26. Stray cats will not play on the desk.
27. Stray cats will not play on the desk near the computer.
28. Stray cats are forbidden to walk on the computer keyboard on the
desk when the human is asdfjjhhkl;ljfd.;oier’puyykmm4hbdm9l o9jmdskdm,.USING
IT!