Can our animal companions help us heal?
After a recent injury, (a broken wrist with torn tendons and still recovering), I believe so. That the animals we share our homes with as our companions are sometimes also our healers. Not only in a spiritual sense but a practical sense as well.
After I got home from an overnight stay at the hospital, my youngest cat Stash never left my side. At first I thought it was because I had been gone overnight. However, after a few days I realized it was because I was injured. He slept with me day and night, followed me from room to room, protected me and stood up for me when one of the other cats hurt me or did something to upset me. And because we have someone to look after, we humans will move around, get up and do what we have to do to take care of the animals. Movement and caring for others is also a great healer.
In 2013 I had a medical issue and was in the hospital for 2 weeks. Once home, all of my cats surrounded me for about a week after. As I laid on the couch, I’d have one on my stomach, one by my legs, one on the floor right below me and one on the back of the couch right above me. This happened every day, all day long.
Ever get a cold or flu and have your animal companion sleep beside you? More so than usual? This is their way to tell us they are with us and want us to feel better. Does this happen with every animal? Not necessarily. Does every animal take our illnesses and make it theirs? No I don’t believe so. However, if the bond is strong enough it could happen. Humans will experience it as well. Sympathy pains? Maybe. However, it’s been documented that a cat’s purr is a healing frequency. From Wikipedia: The vibrations and contractions of a purr show a consistent pattern and frequency around 25 Hz; these frequencies have been shown to improve bone density and promote healing in animal models and humans.
Do you have any stories where you believe your animal helped you heal? I would love to hear them! Please post them in the comments!