Six Toes is indeed a lucky kitty. This weekend he was fortunate to secure the services, however indirectly, of one of the most important Reiki masters in America...Christopher Penczak. You see, my daughter was attending a convention where Mr. Penczak was teaching. She was able to consult him about Six Toes and how to heal him from his heart problem and other difficulties. Mr. Penczak offered many suggestions based on his teachings, which she will attempt. Frankly, we'd do just about anything to save Six Toes...even thought right now he seems to be doing fine.
Reiki is the practice of healing the body through energy manipulation. It is Japanese in origin and focuses on stress reduction through relaxation techniques. It is done by laying hands on the person being treated and balancing the energies of the person. Exactly how that happens, I'm not sure. But I know people who have undergone Reiki treatments say it works. I've never seen it applied to a cat. I guess we will find out if Six Toes is interested in Reiki.
I can't tell you how many times I've worried about him since this started...when he sleeps, if he stops purring, I sometimes wake him in panic, thinking he's stopped breathing. I watch his breathing and when he's busy chasing his brother Buddha around the house. If he seems too active, I'll stop him by picking him up and petting him, trying to calm him down so he doesn't hurt himself. He spends a lot of time in my lap or lying by the computer as I write...although why he sticks to me like glue when there are other people and cats in the house I don't know. He's picked me. So I guess I owe it to him to do the best I can by him.
Others in the community have been supportive of Six Toes as well. The pharmacist asks how he's doing. Friends always reference Six Toes. The vet checks in from time to time. He is a loved cat, no question. But then, look at his picture! How could you not love that little face?