Welcome to Mondays with Merlin. Excuse me while I finish my breakfast in bed. That’s right. Breakfast in bed and a midnight snack, all cozy with Layla. When you get to be a old cat with kidney disease, the appetite wanes and vomiting increases along with more frequent water consumption and urination. I can’t eat much at a sitting so I get fed pretty well on demand 24/7. Sometimes I cry for food but sometimes I communicate by non-verbal messages. Sometimes by pee-mail. Humans can be so obtuse.
All cats communicate with us all the time and the easiest way to begin to learn our non meow ways is to simply spend time being with us. Get comfortable in bed or on the couch, chair or rug. Any place where your cat likes to be. Sit with us undisturbed by TV, cell phones and yeah, a little thing called the Internet.
The more you hang with us cats just being, breathing, feeling, observing, you will naturally watch and learn our secrets. Even a cat who seems to be asleep with their eyes closed has more awareness than most humans.
Watching a cat in repose is naturally relaxing. When you feel relaxed, notice your breathing and notice it becoming deeper and slower. When you feel more relaxed, imagine an invisible roots extending from your feet deep into the earth grounding you. When you feel grounded and focused, you are ready to communicate with your cat. You can use your voice to speak out loud or silently with your mind. Tell your cat you are learning to communicate with them in a new way. Ask them if it’s okay to give you a sign like moving their head to show you’ve been heard. If they do, thank them. Thank them in any case. Feel a big cloud of love going from your heart into theirs. Say I love you. Imagine your cat already understands what you’re saying. Once you believe that’s possible, anything is possible.
That’s your lesson for this week. Lesson #2: Practice makes purrfect.