Have you ever had a “cat” nurse? No, I’m not speaking about Halloween fun at the hospital. A “cat” nurse is the ideal study I can use to describe an astonishing feline phenomenon that I have personally witnessed. They can’t do CPR or take your temperature, but make no mistake your cat adores you unconditionally and it shows. It’s one medicine that you won’t need a prescription for.
It was nearly a year ago to the date, my wife Natercia had to have ankle reconstruction surgery after a series of painful falls. The surgery was a success, however, it required my wife to be off her feet for several weeks. Just one day after the surgery I concurred to welcome 2 new family members into our home. We titled them Sassy and Shadow. They were 2 of the cutest tiny kitties I had ever seen. As the kittens started to feel welcome in our home, and my wife adjusted to her new life of staying in bed, I noticed something truly amazing.
Sassy, the female kitten could always be found at my wife’s side. I would take Sassy to another room for feeding, but soon after she was right back in bed with my wife. I asked myself, “Could this kitten know that my wife is hurt?” Sassy would not only stay by her side, but she would always know when to give that tiny bit of loving that she needed. Though at times it seemed like Sassy new more, nearly as if she was protecting her or watching over her.
Sassy’s brother Shadow also shares this magic. I had been sick with a very bad infection. The physician had prescribed a very strong anti-biotic that caused me to sleep more than usual. Shadow never left my side, only to visit the litter box and to fulfill his craving for salmon. Having him there with me gave me a sense of security. I had been thinking that cats had this hidden nurse like tendency, but I still wasn’t sure if it was just my kittens being extra loving, until my close friend Sharon had a heart attack.
Sharon is a diabetic. After having some difficulties with her sugar and insulin equilibrise she had an episode that place her into a coma for 3 days. Physicians still aren’t sure if she had a stroke or heart attack. Though once she had recovered enough to return home she was greeted by 4 of the most concerned tiny creatures. That first night back at home Sharon could not believe it. All 4 of her cats, which normally wouldn’t go near her room at night, slept on her bed with her. She had one at her head, one at her feet and one on apiece side of her. They did not leave her side all night.
The next morning when Sharon’s daughter stopped by to check in on her the nursing didn’t stop. When Sharon’s daughter sat on the bed to speak with her mother, the 4 cats stood up and acted nearly as to say, “Don’t get too close to our patient.” They place themselves between the mom and daughter.
It has taken me some time to come to some understanding of this, but I can only state that pets communicate on a completely different level. This can also be seen in dogs that protect their owners or run to get help when their owner is hurt. I’m sure that someday science will find a way to communicate with animals. At which time a plethora of questions will be answered. In the mean time we leave it up to faith. You see, all of the cats in this story knew that their owners needed them. That is why it never hurts to have a pet or two in the family. If you too have experienced a “cat” nurse home call please tell me about it. I would be delighted to know that the Order of the Cat Nurse is alive and well in a bedroom near you.
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