“Stories from a holistic vet” is the blog of Dr. Laurel Davis, a holistic vet and “animal interpreter” with a clinic in Asheville, NC and also offering intuitive animal health and lifestyle advice for animal companions and their human friends across the USA.
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As a holistic vet, I am always fascinated by the animal personalities I get to meet every day in my Asheville clinic. Kiki, a large majestic Maine Coon look-alike cat, came in for a checkin/get acquainted session today. He confidently strolled around the room and finally sprawled, in all his glory, by the door. After I assessed his perfect physical being, the conversation moved to his new caretaker’s pressing questions. Maria wanted to know why she didn’t see him for gaps of time. He initially had appeared at her house six months ago, quickly settling in and effortlessly stealing Maria’s heart. However, despite his apparent devotion to her, Kiki would leave for entire nights or parts of days.
Kiki shifted to the small table at my side as we checked in (via animal communication) with him, conveniently covering my patient health notes with his fuzzy front leg. He wanted to participate, up front and center. We found out he, indeed, had a second home and preferred each home for different reasons. His personality and his need to socialize was ‘bigger’ than just one home. When Maria and Kiki left the office, their mission that evening was to find his second home so they could coordinate Kiki’s wellness care.
Of the cats who spend time both in and out of houses, 14% have at least one other house they call home. Most of these felines I have come across simply love the loving, wherever they can get it, and are true socialites. Of course, there are the cats who crave the extra physical, emotional or spiritual support not provided at their home of origin.
My cat, Orange Man, is one of those feline ambassadors. How do I know? Hmmm…..well, he certainly is much more ‘filled out’ than my other raw diet kitties. He is round, despite missing 2-3 meals a week. It makes sense. He is a ‘good old boy’ cat that loves his lovin’ and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. My family lays the love on him, but we’re not always there. I haven’t followed him yet….maybe it’s time.
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