Animals and Pressure - A Deeper Understanding

  • By Karen Nowak
  • 05 Oct, 2015

I was recently asked "do we place pressure on our animals." 

What follows is a feline perspective  from a cat named Satchmo who is in spirit form. To read more from Satchmo go to Purr-ls of Wisdom.
Animals and Pressure - A Deeper Understanding
Satchmo: That is not an easy question to answer. There are many forms of pressure and an equal amount of ways in which it is processed by all beings.

What each human’s definition and understanding of pressure is, is the filter through which the question is asked. Also how it is heard and processed.

I am only answering from my latest experience as a cat.

I felt pressure from not understanding my world during the early years of my life. Uncertainty brought stress. Not being understood, not only by others, but by myself, was difficult.

As you see “pressure” has many meanings. Pressure comes from within as well as outside sources.

As I say pretty regularly, it’s not the same for everyone.

Emotional Pressure

Did my human place pressure on me emotionally? No.

She never asked nor believed I was responsible for her emotions. She grew while we were together to understand how deeply important it was that she was responsible for her own emotions. Therefore she never placed the pressure on me to carry them for her.

What I mean by that is she didn’t believe that my being with her or not would change what she was responsible for in her self.

Of course my leaving was hard for her. She grieved my departure and our separation.

Should you feel your life is dependent on another being , there is no judgment on feeling as if you will “die” without the animal you are so deeply committed too.

You are in pain.

Your mutual experiences are your own and not another's to understand or agree with. There is no right or wrong. Love yourself as well as the other through it all. Your feelings are your feelings they are yours alone.

That is what is important

It is always up to the animal how they feel about pressure and stresses.

We are all here to experience our own unique journey and the many facets of our emotions and the pressure that being in body brings. We all grow.

The Pressure To Stay

Animals may feel your desire for them to stay. Again that is part of the individual journey. A catalyst for growth.

Ultimately we can not force another to stay. It is always a choice made for different reasons.

Each agreement is unique to the individuals in the relationship.

Humans experience a great deal of pressure from daily life that I as a cat did not experience. Living with Karen I was aware of her emotions. I also knew they weren’t mine.

Did I have empathy? Yes. That is different than my believing what was hers was mine to carry. This was our agreement. It doesn't mean I didn't offer my affection to help and support her.

Did I feel her stresses? Yes. Did I choose to take them on for her? No. Again, that was our individual experience. Our choice to experience this way.


There Are Many Forms of Pressure

There is pressure living on earth. Again it is individual understanding and what we do with the resulting stress that contributes to our experience.

Loving ourselves and coming from a place of love in our interactions with others, along with remaining in a state of non-judgment in our interactions with self and others, paves the way to individual wholeness.

I know. Quite a mouthful. Take time to digest this one. If you choose too.

My hope is that you have a greater understanding, from a feline perspective, of a not so simple question about placing pressure on your cat anyway.
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When I was asked that question I thought back to the death my horse, Chris, to find the answer.

Her death had left me emotionally devastated. I wasn’t aware of all she had been in my life. Without conditions. The hurt seemed stronger than losing humans I had been close to. It wasn’t until the loss of my parents, that I was able to experience the difference.

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I matured in many ways on her back. She had my heart and supported me, as I matured into an adult with a federal job and a mortgage.

I became more confident in many areas of my life, from riding her. I trusted her with my heart and life. She knew me in ways no human could. When on her back our energy fields become one. I could never hide my feelings from her, she always knew what my heart didn’t always want my head to know. Chris knew things about me no human could see. She judged none of it.
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Finding lost animals is wrought with fear, anxiety, panic and lack of control.

If the animal has escaped to go out on a jaunt it could include joy on their side not on yours. There are as many variables, emotions, and situations as there are animals.

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