[Excerpt from TT: 2008-05-14]
[Question] Recently in a private session Michael commented on dogs and how to best care for them, their purpose, and so forth [NOTE: see end of transcript for that piece]. It was quite informative. Would you please respond similarly with regard to cats? Thank you!
[Michael Entity] Again, we can share with you what we perceive as being a general consideration of priorities for the well-being of this domesticated version of Felidae, but we make it clear as well that these generalities may not hold true for all cats.
As with domesticated dogs, domesticated cats are in a process of developing the Emotional Center. Part of the draw of domestication and relationships with human sentience is for that help in development. Though the emphasis for the dog and the cat are the emotional development, their approaches are vastly different. For the cat, the primary priority for its well-being is BIOLOGICAL STIMULATION. As we said for the dog, the physical well-being is an obvious priority, but we speak in broader terms. For instance, a cat’s health can remain strong and enduring, even without a healthy diet, if biological stimulation is a part of the life, but if a cat has a healthy diet, but no biological stimulation, his health will suffer. Biological Stimulation could be said to include HUNTING, PLAYING, and VISUAL TREATS. We would refer to this category as PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING, even as it is fulfilled through Biological Stimulation. We realize that many may associate “psychological” with the intellect, but we use it here to refer to the emotional development and well-being.
The next priority, of course, is PHYSIOLOGICAL WELL-BEING. In the same way we suggested this for dogs, it can also be suggested that higher grade foods are of benefit to the health of the animal. Adding “whole bodies” to the diet can increase a cat’s sense of presence and well-being on a physical level as well, meaning the occasional treat of small fish or a catch of their own (such as a mouse).
The next priority for some cats may be INTELLECTUAL WELL-BEING. For some cats there is a slight reach toward the use of the intellectual center and for these cats, “talking” can often be an important part of their day. We do not speak here of the noises made to receive foods, or to demand petting, but the EXCHANGE of sounds from one cat to another, or from one cat to a human.
A final consideration is the same for cats as it is for dogs and that is the METAPHYSICAL WELL-BEING. This is a description of the bond that develops between a cat and a person, with the cat “taking on” symptoms and behaviors that are often reflective of the caretaker. As with most domesticated animals with which a human can bond, the animal becomes a kind of extension of the human in many ways, but especially emotionally. This emotional extension is usually most obvious in behavior problems or in physical ailments and symptoms. Again, we clarify that these things are not imposed on the animal, but are welcomed by the animal as part of its emotional development. However, it can bring much relief to the human and to the cat if this level of consideration is observed. Understanding that your cat’s illness or bad behavior might be insights into your own well-being can bring much more education to the cat’s emotional development than any correction or medicine. It is important here to not assume that you can save the life of a domesticated animal with whom you have bonded, or fault yourself for an illness or ailment of these beloved creatures. None of this is imposed on the animal. It is simply a part of the dynamic. It is wanted.
We will add an additional consideration here: that the domesticated cat could be said to represent the Emotional Part of the Moving Center, whereas dogs are the Moving Part of the Emotional Center. That is a generality, but a fair one.
[Question] If I may, for instance, when my family pet died last year because of a heart problem did that have anything to do with us as a family? In other words is there somedy’s function that this dog was pointing us to? Would this have to do with pets metaphysical well being?
[Michael Entity] Yes. In most cases an animal bonds to one person on that level and that is the person reflected in the animal’s illness, but it can sometimes be the case that a “family dog” does, in fact, reflect the whole of the family.
What is the best way to raise our animals, especially dogs, to live out FULL, HEALTHY lives.
There is so much physical information out there, but seem all too conflicting, especially food sources and vaccinations.
While we can share with you what we believe to be a valid practice for raising your dogs to have “full and healthy lives,” we cannot truly tell you a “best way,” as this will vary from dog to dog, breed to breed, and species to species, of course. We can, however, highlight the 4 major areas of a dog’s life that could use some consideration:
1. EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
Canis lupus familiaris is a sub-species of an entire species (canidea) who is in the process of developing the Emotional Centers. With consideration toward this, it is accurate to state that the priority of any dog is its EMOTIONAL well-being over any other concern. This is why it appears that many a tortured or pained dog still seems “happy” and eager to be affectionate. Ingredients for nurturing and sustaining the emotional well-being of a dog could be said to be AFFECTION, INTERACTION, and POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT (reward) on a fairly regular basis. If these three factors cannot be provided daily, or several times a day, the dog suffers. Understanding the needs of a dog on this level can also help one to tolerate the same needs within a human.
2. PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
It is a given that the physical being must be tended and nurtured as a means to sustain the flow of the Emotional well-being, and though this is not the priority for a dog, it is obviously just as important. For the most part, the higher the grade of foods provided, the better, of course. Often this is described as “human grade.” We would agree that this is important for long-term health. By-products appear to be a detriment to many animals who ingest them on a regular basis, as well as the ingestion of newspaper, cement mix, leather, and wood pulps as the bulk of “protein” found in lesser-quality foods. A mix of wet and dry foods appear to be an important part of the emotional-physical mix of well-being, as a constant supply of the same form of food can be boring to many dogs, even if they appear to have grown used to it out of necessity. Important supplements to foods appear to us to have proven valid in terms of increasing vitality and health, such as the addition of olive oil or flax seed oil to the foods on a daily basis. Preventative measures through vaccines appear to be fairly harmless, even if not necessary, but the more specific the breed, the more extreme the help or harm can be from these vaccines. In general, we would say they are important, simply because of the peace of mind they may bring and the removal of concern for any legal impositions.
3. INTELLECTUAL WELL-BEING
An additional factor for many dogs who may have gained some access to an Intellectual Center is the necessity for PROBLEM SOLVING. If your dog shows elements of curiosity and eagerness to please, he or she is probably showing signs of a need for solving problems, which can range from the freedom to explore new, but safe, environments on a regular basis to extracting treats from special toys. Exposing the dog to anything NEW on a regular basis can do wonders for the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of a dog. Some may argue that their dog is terrified of new people and things, but this is either because the dog is not accessing the Intellectual Center to any degree, resorting to the Instinctive Center in those instances, or this dog was inadvertently taught that this fear pleases his human companion. Some human companions can find secret delight in feeling “special” to his or her dog.
4. METAPHYSICAL WELL-BEING
An important dynamic to consider when caring for your dog as a companion is the fact that as the bond grows, so does the dog’s inclination to process the companion’s emotional experiences. There is no way to avoid this, or to protect your dog from this, as it is important to them to experience this, but it can shed light on some illnesses, ailments, and behavior disorders. This dynamic is usually limited to being between the dog and one human, but sometimes a “family” dog can take on the processes of 2 or more humans. For a person who takes this dynamic into consideration, the dog can be seen as an accurate reflection of what is happening for the human on emotional levels that may not have been obvious without the friendship of the dog. For instance, a dog who develops a serious skin condition might be processing the human’s unexplored emotional sensitivity and irritation against the world. A dog who is aggressive or protective might be playing out the emotional defenses of the human, etc. Keeping all of this in mind can not only help heal the dog by addressing what it means for the human, but it can help the human immensely, which ultimately pleases the dog in a way that humans might not comprehend. The death of a dog to a disease or condition does not mean the blame is on the human, because dogs will always die of something, however, it can still shed light on some critical areas for the human to explore within his or her own emotional world.
Beyond these basics, the rest is dependent on the observation and feedback within the specific relationship.