The Vibrational Healing Power of Cats
“I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats.”
-Eckhart Tolle, Author and Spiritual Teacher
“I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.”
-Hippoltye Taine, French Historian
“If you put a cat and a pile of broken bones in the same room, the bones will heal.”
-Old Veterinary Saying
Throughout history, cats been associated with spirituality and/or magic. They have been worshipped by numerous civilizations. For example, ancient Egyptians believed cats brought good luck to their owners. Revering these treasured pets, wealthy families adorned them in jewels and fed them treats fit for royalty. Along with their owners, cats were mummified.
Today, dressing our cats in jewels seems over the top, ridiculous in fact.
Yet, many “cat people” (myself included), consider these pets to be special, spiritual, and even healing creatures. In fact, scientific research suggests that cat owners live longer than other animal owners. How is this possible? Perhaps it the frequency of their purr, which vibrates at approximately 26 Hertz (Hz-the frequency of sound).
Scientific research indicates that twenty-six Hz corresponds to the vibrational frequency used to promote tissue generation, treat broken bones, edema, joint issues, and pain management. Purr vibrations may also aid in the healing of infections, reduce swelling, and increase/stimulate muscle growth.
Additional studies demonstrate that the vibrational rate of purring helps:
· Lower stress
· Decrease symptoms of dyspnea (difficulty breathing) in both cats and their owners
· Lower blood pressure
· Reduce the risk of heart disease by 40%
I own three cats. My energy resonates with their purring vibration. It relaxes me, and at times, puts me into an almost meditative state. I have always believed that cats are attuned to perceive/hear/see beyond human dimensions-wise and spiritual healers so to speak.
Diane Tessman is a friend of mine. Out of her deep, spiritual love for cats, she founded the Star Network Cat Sanctuary. For some time, I have wanted to share her passion and dedication towards these very special animals:
My name is Diane Tessman. I moved back to my native North Iowa 24 years ago and established the Star Network Cat Sanctuary. As a child growing up here, farm cats and dogs were my only friends. In 1997, I returned to North Iowa, purchasing ten acres on which sits an old 2-story farmhouse.
Did I want to just stroll around my ten acres? No, I wanted to do something for my childhood friends, the cats and dogs of North Iowa. There is NO shelter in this vast county which is almost entirely corporate farming.
The hedge groves have been cut to create more room for GMO corn crops, the family farmers are gone, and yet the descendants of the family farm cats, still roam the countryside as feral. There are few mice, few rabbits, and no family farmers left to give them a saucer of freshly squeezed milk. The corporate farms have created a truly hostile environment for the now-feral cats and dogs who struggle to survive in winters which can reach 30 and 40 below zero.
My 10 acres came with an old barn and I soon discovered litters of kittens tucked away in the barn by their feral mothers. 6 week old kittens were already feral and went into attack mode as I tried to catch them, bring them into the house away from predators, vaccinate, and eventually spay/neuter. They learned to love me, transforming into playful kittens. Alas, I could not capture their mothers, who were too smart for live traps, and so more litters showed up.
This was the start of my sanctuary. Originally I rescued stray dogs too; I had 10 dogs here at one time. I have several large fenced areas around the property. It’s been 24 years now and the sanctuary is “just for cats,” although I do have 3 lovely family dogs.
The word must have spread across the countryside through cat telepathy because soon cats were showing up who had walked across the vast corporate fields to reach my place. It took a year or more sometimes to make friends with individual cats so that I could capture them, have them feline leukemia tested, vaccinated, neutered, so that they could join us.
People also dump cats at my house. One kitten was not even 6 weeks old, he was skin and bones, a mere skeleton when he arrived. I nursed him along and today he is “Mally,” a wonderful big boy.
I have also taken in abused and neglected cats at the request of the town’s vet. These are cats which the vet felt would not be capable of being “normal pet cats.” They have indeed become loving cats, full of intelligence and humor. So many stories but you get the idea! Our Star Sanctuary is going into its 24th year. I
I always seek the best of vet care. I have had the same good vet all this time, he gives me a discount but still, vet care is expensive and getting more so. I drive 35 miles to Mason City, Iowa, to this vet because he is a great vet with up-to-date equipment and knowledge.
Our cats are free to go in or out as they choose. Some prefer outside unless it is very cold or rainy. As well as the big barn, there are several other outbuildings, plus a new Amish-made cabin. Many of the cats prefer to be inside most of the time and that is fine because they are my family. All are litter pan trained.
The old farmhouse is the center of the sanctuary – I just live in it. It is home to all of us.
My ten acres is also a wildlife refuge, I shelter the deer during hunting season; they intelligently hide on my NO Hunting land.
This old place was barren when I moved in and now it is alive with wildlife. My cats do not destroy much wildlife, they are too well fed.
I had over 100 cats at one time but sadly many cats don’t live past 14 or 15, and so those early litters of kittens in the barn have dwindled in number; they grew into happy old cats and some have died. New individual cats show up but these days I do have “only” 51 cats (present count). I no longer have feral females giving birth; most of my guys come as young tom cats. I’m not sure why this changed.
I do not seek to adopt out my cats because this vast farming county has only 10,000 population. There is simply not a demand for cat adoption in this rural setting in which many view cats as lowly creatures. Also, in many cases, the feral cats only know me and would be completely feral around other humans.
I finance and run this sanctuary myself in a county which has NO animal shelter at all. The town vet does what she can.
The Humane Societies in neighboring towns refuse to take animals from this area because they are at capacity as it is and because they cannot serve another county which does not contribute to their budget.
Diane Tessman, Star Network Cat Sanctuary
Mailing address P.O. Box 352, St. Ansgar, Iowa 50472
Diane accepts donations either by mail or paypal.