There is no doubt in my mind that cats have the power to change lives. I’ve experienced it in my own life more than once. Feebee, my first cat, was responsible for me leaving my soulless corporate job and embarking on a career in veterinary medicine. Buckley changed my life in more ways than I ever could have imagined. It took an entire book to tell her story! Amber, of course, inspired this website, and Allegra and Ruby are continuing the tradition of feline change catalysts in my life.
The word “catalyst” refers to a substance or force that accelerates change at a faster rate than is otherwise possible. Catalysts help others achieve their goals in a more positive way. And how purrfect is it that the word “cat” is at the root of the word “catalyst!”
During the opening remarks at last year’s Alley Cat Allies National Conference, one of the speakers made the following statement:
“Every encounter with an animal, whether positive or negative, is part of your personal evolution.”
I found this statement incredibly powerful. Of course, this applies to every encounter we have in life, period – be it with animals or humans. But in the case of cats, for those of us who have opened our heart to what these amazing creatures can teach us, I believe that this is especially true.
Every encounter with a cat can be a catalyst for change. Whether it’s the cat who came into our lives when we needed her most, or the the cat we rescued from a life on the streets that made us decide that we want to help other cats, or even just the cat whose picture we saw on Facebook that made us want to volunteer or donate money to a rescue group – all of these encounters changed a life, and in many cases, more than one life.
How have cats been a catalyst for change in your life? Share your stories in a comment!