Allegra’s World: overcoming fears
Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! Today, I get to brag a little. I wasn’t going to even write about this, but Mom is so proud of me, and she said if I should share with all of you how brave I was last week.
Those of you who’ve known me for a while probably remember that I used to be very scared of bad weather. I know lots of kitties are afraid of thunder, but my fears went beyond that. I even felt afraid when it rained a lot. The way that rain sounds against the roof and windows – oh, it was just so scary!
Thankfully, I have a good, safe place for riding out storms. There’s a small bathroom in our basement. It has no windows, so it’s nice and dark in there. There’s a shower stall with a curtain, and that’s where I hide: in the far corner, behind the curtain. It’s cozy and quiet there.
Once Mom realized that I was afraid of bad weather, she did all kinds of things to try to help me. She would come into the shower stall with me and pet me and talk to me softly. She would do Reiki on me. She would give me something called Rescue Remedy®. But I was still scared.
Then, about a year ago, she started to give me this magic water whenever the weather got bad. It’s called Stress Stopper. She’d rub it on my fur, and spray it in my safe space behind the shower curtain. During really bad storms, she’d do it every fifteen minutes or so.
And you know what? Gradually, I became less afraid. Now, when we have heavy rain, I don’t even bother going downstairs anymore. I’m still a little afraid of thunder, and at the first rumbles, I will head for my safe space, but most of the time, I don’t even have to be behind the shower curtain. I just hang out on one of the soft rugs in the bathroom.
This past Friday, my courage (and Mom’s too!) was really tested. Would Stress Stopper hold up to its promise? We had a line of severe weather moving through our area. For several hours, we had heavy rain, some hail, thunder, lightning, and wind. It seemed like every five minutes, another tornado warning was going up. Mom kept giving me Stress Stopper, and I saw her take some herself. Mom doesn’t like bad storms any more than I do. She just tries to pretend she’s not afraid, but I know better!
Mom couldn’t believe that I didn’t spend the entire afternoon in the downstairs bathroom, but the only times I felt the need to go in there was during the periods when we had thunder. The rest of the time, I pretty much followed my normal routine.
And if you’re wondering what Ruby does during storms: she sits by the window and watches all the craziness. She’s fearless. Well, almost. As you found out last week, she’s afraid of the vacuum cleaner. Ha!
It’s good not to be so afraid anymore. I’m so glad Mom discovered this magic water called Stress Stopper!