Did you know that cats have jobs while on earth-to help humans with their relationships? And to help our emotions for us? Well that’s what they do, and that’s why it’s so wonderful to have kitty companions. Do you have pets? Are you a cat lover? I am. I’ve had cats since I was in college. One cat, then two, then the two plus their litter, then three from that litter after their parents died, then two more, then one, and now two again.I’ve been through pet loss many times, and all of the health issues that go with having a pet companion these days. I’ve even suffered through having lost pets, who then return! One of my kitties would take off for about two days, and come back covered in mud, scraggly and hungry. She did this twice. Then a neighbor assumed she was a stray and took her in, after she’d been sleeping on the steps of his building in the sun for awhile. I waited a few days, then put up missing cat flyers. He called 10 minutes after I put the flyer on his mailbox. I got her back. He had kept her inside, even taken her to vet, and decided to keep her, until he saw my flyer. Why don’t people post “found” flyers?
So this time it’s my big fluffy white kitty, Mikey, who’s missing. He’s been gone for over a week, eight days exactly. He left late on Tuesday night, after his third serving of Fancy Feast Gravy Lover’s Chicken, his new favorite snack. I thought he was inside before I closed the slider, but he must have scampered out, in his quest for just a few more minutes of outdoor time. I stayed up until the moon was directly over my building, waiting for his lion-like, blue-eyed face to show up at the slider door again.
Now it’s eight days later, and I’ve walked the apartment complex from one end to the other, posted missing cat flyers with his picture, prayed, worried about him being out in the heat wave we had (97 degrees), lost sleep, sat outside waiting, told all the neighbor kids, and spoken to concerned cat-loving neighbors who call with advice. Here is where “Catitude” comes in. Since I can do animal communication, of course I’ve tuned into to Mikey and talked to him in spirit, several times since that night. Right away Mikey told me he was fine, then asked me how I felt about him not coming back! I didn’t understand at that time why he would ask me that. I didn’t consider that he might be staying with a neighbor.
I’ve also asked for his protection from the angels, Archangel Michael in particular, since that’s his namesake. Lord Michael has told me that Mikey is fine, he’s safe, and the angels are with him. I know that Mikey helps me, to hold a high vibration for me, to help me process energy and emotions, to speed the healing and clearing of any negative energy in our home. I’m not ready to let him go and live with someone else. He has been great company for me during this move and adjustment to a new place.But one of my psychic friends also tuned into Mikey for me, and he showed her that he’s been out meeting new human friends, that he’s happily staying inside with one of these new friends, and he’s not quite ready to come home. He’s helping this new human friend, since they either need his company or have always wanted a pet or a cat. On an energy level, he may be doing some healing work on them. I can understand that. And I graciously accept that Mikey needs to do it, because it’s part of his job. A few times now he has told me in spirit that he’s done, he’s ready to come home, and now even wants me to come and get him. But where do I go?
My intuition has been telling me that he’s close by, maybe in the apartment building next to mine. And last night the neighbor kids told me one of them had seen Mikey on the weekend, that he went into an apartment in that building when this boy stepped towards him! This means he’s been outside, could have come home, but didn’t. I have felt so many emotions in the past week-sadness, denial, hope, faith, and now this. I’m angry, and beginning to shut down my heart, to disconnect. I don’t want to do that to him, but I think this is an old pattern of mine, to protect my heart. This feels like abandonment, rejection by my best cat friend. I have a feeling I’m being tested again, in a new way, so that I can see my patterns more clearly, and break the ones that no longer serve me. This is one that no longer serves me- shutting down, closing off my heart to protect myself from hurt and pain. On top of this, it’s Mercury Retrograde, where we get to review our relationships. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing since Mikey left-reviewing our relationship, asking myself if I’ve been the best cat mom, friend, companion, and where I might be neglecting his needs. Am I too distracted? Do I need to pay more attention to him when he asks me to go outside for a walk or to sit with him on the patio? Do I put him off too often? Am I really present for him? That’s the bottom line. I’m paying attention now. I get it Mikey. I’m grateful for the reminder. If cats are guardians of our relationships, it starts with our relationships with them, right? And now I know that Mikey has been doing an excellent job with me!