Feed on

Pets are like kids:  they like to know what’s going on.  You would too, if you were dependent on others for your care.  Imagine being captive, helpless and unable to say, “feed me, I’m hungry!”

If your caregiver keeps good routines you learn to trust them.  You soothe yourself when the occasional curveball comes.

Now imagine your person doesn’t have routines, or that something has happened and everything’s different.  You have no idea what to expect.

You can tell your pet anything.   Today is a work day.  I’ll be gone until dinner; I’ll miss you and when I come home I’ll be so happy to see you! Tell them that they’re going to the pet food store, on a hike, to their friend’s house.   Then it’s back home for dinner and relaxation.   That sort of thing.

Years ago a friend told me that when she goes on vacation she tells her cat how many times the sun will set before the family returns.  To that I would add this: and Molly will come feed you and play with you every day.

It’s been documented that animals communicate most successfully in pictures.  If you’re the visual type, send your pet pictures of what her day will look like.  See the two of you romping at a favorite park.  See him greeting you at the door in the evening and so on.

When you’re gone overnight, it’s nice to visualize your pet, then send him some energy from your heart.  He’ll know you’re thinking about him.   I also tell my pets how much longer I’ll be away.

Talking to my cats helped me feel closer to them.  It’s not easy to prove but I believe they feel closer to me.




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