Saturday, August 24, 2013

Reiki for Rescues

Black Cat Holistic Rescue does more than save black cats and provide them with individualized holistic services, we also offer holistic services to the cats that have been saved by other rescue organizations in our area.  Reiki for Rescues represents our vision to provide Reiki services to cats of all fur colors being cared for by local rescue organizations.

This month we felt honored to offer our Reiki for Rescues service to 19 white cats that were saved from a hoarding situation by a local rescue organization.  When we first met these angels, they were all scared, traumatized, hissing, scratching, biting and hiding.  Some of them were also sick, lethargic and unresponsive.  They were essentially untouchable.

The first thing we did when we met these cats was introduce ourselves to each and every one of them.  We told them that we understood that they were scared, but they didn't need to be afraid of us.  We praised them and sent positive energy and loving thoughts from our hearts to theirs.  Then we went to work sending them Reiki.

We chose to perform distance Reiki since the cats did not want to be touched. One of the ways that we introduced Reiki to them was by gently filling their bodies with the calming blue light of Reiki.  We used our intuition and imagination to visualize each white cat turn blue with Reiki.  Reiki calmed them and allowed them to relax their tense muscles and release their anxiety.  Many of them blinked slowly to show their gratitude.

Our Reiki treatments for these cats have evolved into longer, more complex sessions with wonderful results. Three cats allow us to pet them, scratch their head, ears & chin and roll over to ask for more.  Many of the cats allow us to touch them with one finger and only one still hisses.  However, all of them seem to eagerly await our arrival and are very responsive to our presence.

The most important part of our services is to ensure that rescued cats associate the gentle, loving energy of Reiki with human interaction.  This positive reinforcement is integral for the socialization of cats that have been abandoned, abused, neglected and/or betrayed.  We accomplish this by giving Reiki while talking to them, praising them and reassuring them in a gentle, calm voice.  We do this for as long as a cat needs us to...daily, weekly, monthly - as long as it takes.

We are available to provide Reiki and other holistic services to cats in the care of rescue organizations in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.  We are a non profit organization and our services are always free.  Please contact us if your rescue organization is in need of Reiki and/or other holistic services by emailing  

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bach Flower Remedies for Cats

Bach Flower Remedies are easy to administer.  Just place 4 drops in your cat's water dish.

Cats have feelings too.  As a matter of fact, they have a very rich emotional life.  They feel love, happiness and joy, but they also have feelings of anger, jealousy and sadness.  Cats are sensitive to subtle changes in their environment, as well as the more obvious disruptions that occur in life.

Some things that might bring stress and feelings of unhappiness to your cat's life include:
  • Stormy weather
  • Natural disasters
  • Fireworks on the 4th of July and other occasions
  • Going to the vet
  • Getting a new pet
  • Rearranging the furniture (yes, this does cause stress...even small changes do)
  • Moving to a new residence
  • Having get togethers/parties
  • Human additions to your family
  • Changes in routine  (even small ones)
  • Being home alone a lot
  • The death of a loved one (human and/or animal)
  • Trauma & abuse
  • And much more...
Bach Flower Remedies come in handy during times of stress.  Cats respond quite well to Bach Flower Remedies and there are absolutely no side effects.  A great all around remedy to have on hand is called Rescue Remedy Pet.  We give it to our cats when there is going to be a drastic change in our lives and to our foster pets to help them transition into their new home.  It is easy to administer; just put 4 drops in your cat's water dish  or on a treat and repeat when necessary.

It looks like this and can be found at pet stores and natural food stores like, Whole Foods, as well as on the internet at sites like

Monday, June 24, 2013

Opaque & Obsession: Day 1

6/20/13:   We traveled to Best Friends Animal Society in Mission Hills from Westchester to pick up Opaque and Obsession.  The people at Best Friends are very gracious and extremely kind.  They gave us an extensive tour of the facilities and explained how to foster kittens.

When we got home, we let the twins out into their foster room.  It is our 14 year old's bedroom, which is quite a bit larger than the cage that they were living in.  They have filtered water to drink, a soft cushy bed (shown above), a twin bed that they can jump on and hide under, limitless food, hardwood floors with a very colorful area rug to lounge on, a ceiling fan, an open window with an ocean breeze and lots of love and attention.

At first, Opaque was the extrovert.  He was the brave one and the one who checked us out and gave as a big purr when we picked him up or petted him.  His sister, Obsession seemed afraid and shy, hiding under the bed each time we came into the room.  Opaque has a very relaxed, calm nature.

Saturday, June 22, 2013