Alright. Here's where I'm gonna lose some of you, and I get that. When Dexter was about 6 months old, we had him declawed. And I will never do that to a cat again. We had rescued kitties living with us over the years that had been declawed and they were just fine, and when Dexter's lack of appropriateness in scratching surfaces led us to literally screw split tree branches to door frames in a last ditch effort to find something he would scratch on that didn't destroy our furniture and window frames, we made the decision to declaw him. He came through the surgery and recovered quickly and rarely even makes scratching motions anymore anywhere. But I'm afraid that damage was definitely done. Believe me, with what I know now, I am heartbroken to think that I did this to my (bestus) kitty.
Over the last couple years, we have noticed that Dex isn't much of a "run arounder". He doesn't jump a lot, and is heavier than the vet would like him. We decided that taking him out for walks might be the way to go and he actually took to the harness well. But when his feet hit the grass... bam. Stop, drop and roll. At first we thought it was just play, but I noticed when he did walk, he would take just a couple of steps and then hunker down. He really looked confused. He loved the grass and played with the weed heads, but walking on the grass, just looked painful for him. I thought about myself for a minute. I am diabetic and have just a bit of nerve damage in my toes. Energy just doesn't get all the way down there anymore and it made me wonder if Dex had some blockages or residual pain from the surgery. I had given him some Rescue Remedy when I brought him in and it settled him down, so I thought about trying something specifically for his feet.
When I pick flower essences, either singly or to make my own blends, I look at the overall situation that I am working to balance. Declaw Blend had some essences in it that to me, spoke to the issues I thought may be a part of what Dex was dealing with and many more that were supportive of this type of surgical trauma.
Observing him over time, relating behavior or lack of behavior to something out of balance, intuitively feeling what might need to be addressed, I was particularly drawn to these essences in this blend.
Diatoms: (a single cell, silica based organism from the sea) : fosters healing on a deep cellular level, regenerative energy - this felt right for redirecting neural energy.
Sulphurflower: for healing old wounds - pretty much speaks for itself
Kaikoura NZ: (an etheric essence) Freedom through forgiveness - yes, I feel guilt, I hope if there was any emotional hurt over what was done, he would let it go.
Scleranthus: For balance, stability, inner strength and confidence - something inherent in cats, but maybe a bit lacking in our boy.
Cat's Claw: (a plant, seems appropriate, yes?) for grounding and reconnecting to the earth.
So we will start giving him the essence four times a day. He will take essences sprayed on the top of his paws, I can spray my hands and pet him, especially around his ears, and I will spray is soft food dinner. He has taken essences these ways before, as well as he licks my hands when I am done petting him. Every person/animal is different in their reaction to essences, so we will check back in a few days to see how things are going.
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