Animal Medicine


Cats were first domesticated in the Near East around 7500 BCE and have become one of the most popular animal companions for humans around the world. Domestic cats are extremely affectionate and often bond strongly with one individual, preferring their company over all others. However, despite this apparent loyalty, cats are known to be one of the most independent and contrary creatures with a penchant for aloofness. In this way, Cats demonstrate the importance of personal boundaries and can show us the value of individuality, freedom and personal space. You simply cannot coerce a Cat to be interested in something it does not like and this behaviour provides a valuable example of authenticity and self-honouring. Learning to say ‘no’ can be challenging for some sensitive souls who would benefit from observing the way Cats choose to do what they want, when they want and answer to no one.

Cats are excellent hunters and are popular with farmers who employ their services to manage rodent populations on rural properties. Although they often form amicable social connections, Cats never hunt in packs and prefer to remain self-sufficient in securing their own food. As a result, Cats know they will always be able to rely on themselves even when there isn’t another friendly soul in sight and this can be a source of great internal strength.

If Cat has pounced into your awareness lately, it might be time for solitude and self-reflection. Take a step back and consider what you really want at this stage in your life and who you are giving your time and attention to. Perhaps you sometimes agree just to keep people happy and you would benefit from making a different choice that is more in alignment with your inner values. You can call on Cat medicine to assist you in claiming the freedom to be yourself without apologies or justifications. Cultivate your inner Cattiness and walk your talk with your head held high!

Shamaness Misha Hoo