When I got sick with a nasty head cold a couple of weeks ago, I was once again reminded of the healing power of cats. Allegra and Ruby were clearly worried about me, and their quiet presence was the best medicine I could have asked for. But why don’t I let them tell you in their own words.
Allegra: I’m worried about Mom, Ruby. She’s usually up this time of morning, feeding us our breakfast.
Ruby: I’m worried about my breakfast!
Allegra: I think something is wrong with Mom.
Ruby: Does that mean we won’t get breakfast?
Allegra: Has Mom ever not fed us, Ruby? Of course we’ll get breakfast. But I’m really concerned about Mom.
Ruby: Oh, here she comes. Hi Mom! It’s breakfast time!
Allegra: Nice going, Ruby. You didn’t even ask Mom whether she’s okay.
Allegra: Ruby, Mom went back to bed. Something’s wrong.
Ruby: I’ll go check on her. Maybe if I jump on her, she’ll get up?
Allegra: She’s not moving much, and she sounds weird.
Ruby: I think I’m going to take my morning nap right next to her. That’s going to make her feel better, won’t it?
Allegra: That’s right, Ruby. And make sure you purr a lot. There’s research that says that our purr has healing powers.
Ruby: What’s research?
Allegra: It’s when a bunch of humans investigate stuff that cats have known for eternity. And then they write a big paper about it and think they’re so clever.
Ruby: I just want Mom to feel better. You should come and purr for her, too.
Allegra: I’m coming. If we both purr really hard, she’ll be better in no time.
And thanks to my two purrfect nurses, I did feel better in just a few days. I also took homeopathic and herbal remedies and drank gallons of hot tea with honey, but I know that the power of the girls purrs was the best medicine of all.
Do your cats take care of you when you’re not feeling well?