Let’s just say it. 2020 was a full litter box set on fire. It seemed our Fight or Flight switch was turned on every day because of news cycles, lockdowns, conspiracy theories, fear, and overall limitations. Our whole way of thinking was changed last year. In some ways, for the better, and in some cases – for the worse. This new year brings hope and maybe a bit more levity thanks to Bernie Sanders and his mittens. People may be feeling a little extra pep in their steps, but what about our cats?
Last year, we were home a lot more than before. All the time, really. We lived in close quarters with our spouses, family members, kids, and animals creating a pressure cooker of energy that never had a chance to simmer down because we rarely left the house. Imagine how that energy could negatively impact your animals, especially our cats.
Cats are creatures of habit. They love a good routine. Wake, eat, sleep, wake, eat, groom, sleep, litter box, play, sleep and repeat. Without fail, every night at 6:45, our cats begin their orchestra of meows because they know at 8 o’clock, their bowls will be refilled. They like order and systems and thrive on that. Last year, we took their order and completely threw it out the window, and because of that, we’ve changed their internal algorithm.
Cats who enjoy their personal space had to worry about getting attention when they weren’t in the mood. For cats that love attention, they realized they were getting less because the time they spent with their owners became less “special” because of proximity. The chances of being under or overstimulated were much higher because of everyone staying in the house, with no respite in sight. Just as we felt we lost our freedom last year, so did our cats. They’ve also had to rise to the occasion to be our emotional support more than ever. If you think about it, there is a lot being added to the shoulders of our kitties.
An energy pressure cooker could easily change the behavior of your cat. You may find your cat has pulled away from you and not as loving as they used to be. You may find their behavior more aggressive with a streak of rebellion and a hint of defiance. Not only that, but you may find they are excessively grooming themselves due to stress, or their eating habits or litter box behavior has changed. With cats, their energy healing typically falls into two categories, stress or safety. If you find your feline is exhibiting new behaviors within the last year that you haven’t been able to pinpoint, use your intuition or muscle testing to ask if the behavior is stress or safety-related. It may be that their Fight or Flight and Cortisol levels are out of control because of stress, or they simply don’t feel safe because they are always in the eyes of the surrounding family. This is particularly true when young children are in the house because they may not understand the cat’s boundaries.
How to Ease 2020 Fatigue:
- Create a new space, just for them where they can retreat when they feel overwhelmed.
- Allow more time to play with them. In our house, we’re big fans of string toys without feathers. We dangle the string toy in front of them for 20 minutes, and the cats become straight up blissful. It’s an easy way to exercise them and get those serotonin levels going.
- Pay attention to your cat’s behavior around you when you feel your moods are fluctuating. Cats are brilliant and often mirror back your behavior to you as a form of awareness. Is your feline mimicking your emotions?
- Respect their boundaries! If their pupils are dilated and their tail is whipping – leave them be!
Recently, I’ve expanded my session offerings to more deeply serve the Feline community and bring more harmony into their homes. If you find your kitty is suffering from 2020 fatigue, let’s talk and see how we can bring more balance into your home.
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed veterinarian or medical professional. My experience comes from an energetic and psychic standpoint, from what cats communicate to me and from research.