Ask Your Pet
by Jennifer Dickman
My cat Amanda seems very depressed lately. She’s listless and doesn’t have as much interest in eating, although she still eats some food twice daily. She doesn’t seem sick, but doesn’t seem like her normal self. Can you tell me what is wrong with her?
The first thing I have to ask you is to please take Amanda to a veterinarian immediately. When an animal isn’t behaving like his or her usual self it can be a sign of a medical condition, whether serious or more benign. The fact that Amanda isn’t eating as much as usual is concerning, especially in a cat. That alone would be a reason for an urgent veterinary visit.
When addressing conditions that are medical or potentially medical, I always have to give the caveat that I’m not a veterinarian. Animal communication isn’t a substitute for veterinary care and this isn’t medical advice or a medical diagnosis. I’ll merely be relaying impressions I receive from Amanda, and hope that they’ll be helpful to you and your veterinarian in unraveling her condition.
As I connect with Amanda, I do sense that she seems sad, similar to a state of depression in a human. It is almost as if she is in mourning. She says there is someone who was in your life who is no longer there, and she misses this person’s presence. I don’t feel like this is someone who crossed over, but rather someone who was close to you and in your home often, but is no longer around. I hope you’ll know who Amanda means.
Cats seem to have a great deal of difficulty in adapting to change, although there are always exceptions. This person (I’m seeing a female with light hair) was very warm and loving towards Amanda, and Amanda misses her greatly. If possible, I would try to put whatever happened aside and ask your former friend to come and visit Amanda as often as she is able. I’ve explained to Amanda that this change was not her fault or about her, and that your friend still loves her very much. That made her feel a bit better, but she still misses her a lot. The “Grief and Loss” formula from www.GreenHopeEssences.com might be helpful for Amanda in this situation.
I’m very sorry that this change in your life has occurred, and wish everyone involved the best. Again, while I’m receiving quite vivid impressions from Amanda, this is in no way a substitute for seeing a veterinarian. Even if Amanda’s sadness is at the root of her behavioral changes, her lack of appetite is a cause for medical concern. And, I may be missing something medical that is coinciding with what’s happening emotionally. I’ll send healing energy to all concerned, and hope that Amanda will see her special friend again soon.
Jennifer Dickman is an Animal Communicator, Reiki Master-Teacher specializing in Animal
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