People often ask me, do cats purr when they are in pain?
On the surface, this seems a very odd concept. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject:
- everyone knows that when a cat purrs, they are content
- pain is subjective – no one knows when someone else is in pain. Guessing by the posture, mannerism and condition is the closest we can come to another’s pain
- humans are very focused on the physical aspect of life, with many never considering the non-physical, or dynamic aspect
Starting with the first known consideration that cats purr when they are content. They do this when they are settling down to sleep with a safe and benevolent being, whether a human, another cat and any other animal.
They do this in greeting a benevolent, known being.
So if cats purr when they are content, it does seem odd that they would purr when in pain.
The second consideration that pain is subjective brings in what we know about humans.
Some people are more sensitive to pain than others.
Some feel pain from anxiety.
Some people only feel pain when they think about it – the pain disappears with distractions.
So it’s very individual.
The third consideration may not be plausible to some, but obvious to others. And that involves the dynamic or spiritual side of life.
Spiritually speaking, pain is considered to be resistance, or when your spirit and your mind are not in sync. Which happens a lot with people, as we mostly operate from our minds.
Much less so with animals. Animals are heart centred beings. They work from their feelings, so they are in sync with their spirit, for the most part, if not constantly.
Everyone can call on their non physical, or spiritual guides to help them through a crisis. Again, humans do this infrequently as our societies take us away from this instinct as we grow older. Animals, and small children, use this support instinctively and frequently.
Which takes me to the feeling that if a cat purrs when they are in pain, or when the condition they are in appears painful to a human, then they are connecting to their loving guides. These guides are personally known and are benevolent and support the cat through the crisis, whether back to health or to pass from their physical life to the next exciting adventure.
Animals, especially cats, are far better than humans at dealing with health issues, including what we consider to be painful conditions. They commonly sleep a lot, which deeply connects them to the spirit world, they move little as healing takes place and they may prefer not to eat. Digestion takes up a lot of energy which may be more usefully used in healing.
We need to break free of our own limited beliefs and accept what animals are trying so hard to convey to us. They try to lead us by the examples they are setting us.
And what cats may be trying to convey to us is that, healing can occur naturally. And taking time out to relax and sleep can support that. And connecting with our spirit guides is always available and always a good idea.
In addition, the gentle, rhythmic, benevolent sound of a purr can be healing in itself. As we are all dynamic beings, we need dynamic healing. Sound in a known healer, as are colours and light. They are all dynamic, vibrational, with deep healing capabilities.
Just as is homeopathy. Using humans as examples, we know that the judicious use of good homeopathic treatment in any condition, including painful ones, results in dramatically improved healing rates AND a dissolving of pain.
The same must inevitably be true in all animals.
Whether you believe that cats purr when they are in pain because they are connecting with their helping spirit guides or not, you can rest assured that cats heal very well when treated appropriately with homeopathy.