When he first came to us, we were a bit overwhelmed by his exuberance. Of course as he's aged (he's now about 3 1/2), he has calmed down quite a bit. But he's still a very curious, active cat.
We made the decision early on to keep them as indoor cats. A couple of years ago, he managed to get outside while I was away and spent the night outdoors somewhere. By the time I came home, he was pacing and meowing a lot and clearly quite nervous.
I took him to Mid-Isle Veterinary where Dr. Louise Janes gave Gryphon a couple of laser treatments for emotional issues. The improvement was quite dramatic, but he still periodically would get nervous and the whole cycle would begin again. Along with the anxiety came feline acne, which was never severe, but never totally went away either.
I started doing sessions with him when I started the Animal Reiki Core Training. Both the anxiety and the acne improved right away, but he still sometimes reverted to pacing and meowing.
While in the 6 month Animal Reiki Internship, I asked one of my colleagues to do a distance session with him. I accepted that sometimes one can be a bit too close to their own animals and it can be beneficial to seek outside help.
Within a couple of days, the acne completely disappeared and has not returned. His anxiety level went way down and now, he rarely wanders or paces. Often when he does, he's simply picking up on my moods--I take this as an opportunity to both look inside and offer some Reiki.
When sharing our lives with animals, I think we become very intimately connected. Reiki deepens that connection, and offers a way of being with animals that is unlike any other work that I've done. I know that all the personal work I do benefits them. And I know that their beautiful souls do so much to benefit me.
I've found that over the months of doing Reiki with Gryphon, I've become much more accepting of qualities that I'd sometimes found annoying in the past. I appreciate him more for who he is and celebrate his enthusiasm.