Is My Cat A Psychic Healer???
Here's Some Background Info
So I have a solid black Manx named Rat. He's the most gorgeous, onyx colored, leopard eyed cat you've ever seen. He has a crooked tail. And he hates everyone. He's the epitome of the asshole cat. The reason I bring this up is so you can know his nature before I tell you my story.
When Rat was born, he was born to his Manx mom and dad, neither of which have tails. We were looking at the newborn baby and my oldest son said "He looks just like a Rat!" So from that moment on, Rat was his name. Rat was the most hateful, angry kitten to have ever existed, and no one could pet him. Except me. For some reason, he took a shine to me early on and has never bit or scratched me. Everyone else (my husband or my two boys) are fair game. Now Rat is an adult, and while he's not attacking everyone at every turn anymore, he still doesn't allow anyone else to pet him except me.
Fast Forward to Present Day
Now that I've established the nature of Rat, let's get to the point of this Hub. I know, I know - you're all thinking "Finally!!!" Just chill. I'll get to it. Let me ramble another minute.
For the last couple of years I've been dealing with some incredible medical BS. I've learned that my cervical spine is essentially collapsing on itself and I have a rare disease called Cervical Dystonia on top of that. When I have a flare up of Dystonia, it feels like there is a metal rod shoved in my spine that is molten hot and runs parallel to my spine. My head will jerk toward my shoulder, causing indescribable amounts of pain. These spells last anywhere from 1 day to a full week, and there's really no way to predict when it'll happen or how long it will last. When stricken with a flare up, I can do nothing but lay on the couch and feel sorry for myself, many times breaking down and crying for hours because there is nothing to ease the pain. But I've noticed something recently...
Rat Knows When I'm In Pain
There's no other explanation. On my worst pain days, Rat was on me. He was either sitting behind my head (where the pain travels to) or curled up around my left arm (where the worst of the pain hits me). Every time. And no matter how long the spell was, there he was. He stays with me every single time I have a flare up, loving on me and letting me pet him. I've done tons of research to see if I'm alone or it's just a coincidence, but I've decided that it can't possibly be coincidence. When I'm having a normal pain day, Rat is aloof in his playhouse or laying in the window in the kitchen. As soon as I start to have a flare up, he's on me. He stays on me until it subsides, even sleeping with me at night, and will go away to do his thing when it eases.
The only conclusion I can come to is my cat must be able to feel my pain. What do you think?
Like I said previously, I've done tons of research on this just to see if I'm insane or not (don't start an argument), and apparently there are many stories of cat owners swearing their cats can feel their pain as well. I even read an article from one lady who says her cat massages her head when she starts to have a migraine!!!
I've Never Been An Animal Person
I don't like cats. I don't like dogs. I don't like birds. I don't like fish. I'm just not an animal person, and I've never been. I'd never hurt an animal, mind you, but I'm not gonna be the person who goes out of their way to say hi to a dog. Most animals can sense whether you want them near you or not, I know this is a fact. Animals stay away from me most times. Rat does most of the time, except when I'm in pain. He doesn't care whether I want him on me or not, he's going to be there while I'm hurting. And honestly, I love it. I wouldn't give Rat away to a rich family who promised to feed him caviar for dinner and stuff his bed with real down feathers. Because when I'm at my absolute worst, that cat comforts me. He nurtures me by petting me back and hugging my arm when there's pain.
I've told you my story, and everything I believe to be true about this. Now I wanna hear yours. Do you have a cat, bunny, fish, rat, ferret, or some other creature that comforts you when you're sick or in pain? I really want to know, because I think these dudes are a lot smarter than we give them credit for. Dogs, on the other hand.... ;)