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What my dying cat taught me about doing EFT on animals

EFt Tapping Outdated ImageNote: This is one of 3,000 articles written prior to the updated Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tapping Tutorial™. As a result, it is likely outdated. It provides practical uses for EFT Tapping but you should also explore our newest advancement, Optimal EFT, by reading our free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™, and/or get help from a Certified EFT Practitioner.

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Hi Everyone,

Those with pets know that we can communicate with them in unique ways. Baerbel Froehlin gives us good examples of this as she communicates with her cat while using EFT during her last days. Near the end of her article she says, "About doing EFT on animals: She assured me that animals will let you know if how you do it and what you say is acceptable for them or not! Wow! Tapping along her spine, saying things like “I’m such a cool cat and my Mama loves me” or “Even though I have this cancer I choose to be free of discomfort and enjoy every moment of my life” never caused any resistance. However, when I insisted that her body should stop producing all that fluid that needed to be drained she growled at me, making it clear she didn’t want me to proceed like that."

Hugs, Gary


By Baerbel Froehlin

Noodle - my cat and sometimes therapist - taught me many lessons while she was in my life, but especially as she went through her vicious cancer illness, which finally took her life late this summer.

Noodle was my good friend for 16 years.  Always there when I was cooking, preparing food, she used to sit and watch me, talking to me, the most talkative cat I knew. Reminding me with her sing-song that the chicken was definitely ready to eat, the bowl needed to be licked out, to not waste any of it. Always the glutton, always ready to eat because food was sooo good!

My last article about Noodle was EFT helps cat through surgery … and calms the owner. After that surgery the vet told me that Noodle had cancer, the most vicious and rapidly progressing cancer. Yet we still managed to keep her for another year. She was pretty much okay for 8 months after the tumor had been removed. I tapped on her often, keeping her well, she was looking healthy.

Then, suddenly in early summer a big bump grew at her right side, a bump that grew so big that she looked like she was carrying something on that side. She didn’t seem to have pain, maybe because of the tapping I used to do on her often and which she really loved and enjoyed. When I took her to the vet the man cringed when he saw the bump. He decided to drain it; more than half a liter of fluid was removed.

After that the same procedure was done weekly Noodle being real still and patient at the vet’s. You could see she liked being relieved of all that fluid and held still when the needle for the drainage was inserted. Afterwards fluid would still ooze out for the rest of the day, but she seemed to feel better, more energized for some time.

As her cancer progressed rapidly, within a few days that bump always filled up again and she became slower, sleeping most of the time without moving at all. Weeks before she had already started to fall into coma-like sleep during the day, not longer greeting me at the door when I got home. What worried me the most was that my other cat Dribble now would often sit next to her, watching her as she slept for long hours.

One time as I tapped on her, asking her body again to reduce the production of fluid, to minimize it to only the most necessary amount she suddenly lifted her head and growled at me twice, growled in a very scary way, coming up from deep down.

She stopped me in my track; the scary unexpected growling took my breath away. I realized she didn’t want we me to say what I was saying. She rejected that I said “I don’t need that much fluid, I only need to produce very little of it, it will save me from having to go to the vet all the time.”

After a while I went on tapping on her as usual but without asking her body to change, only affirming her well-being, tapping, telling her that I loved her very much.  She behaved like always, making little noises of comfort and delight.

After that I never asked her body again to facilitate changes, like going back to being completely healthy again. I became more and more aware of that Noodle was on her way into the transition from life to death. The time came when I had to face letting her go. I felt pressured, overwhelmed by having to make that decision, once in a while she seemed to be having a better day, and I just couldn’t imagine to end her life.

One Sunday I was riding on the back of our motorcycle, feeling so overwhelmed and sad that I tapped for a long time. As we were going through quiet mountain roads I focused on my tapping only and fell into a light trance. Suddenly it felt like I heard this voice saying “Listen to your cat, she wants to talk to you!” and there was Noodle, talking in her somewhat robust way.

“I have to go and leave you. It’s what I have to do now. Only humans make a big fuss out of it. For us animals it’s just another thing that we do, and we understand that the moment we are born. Because you’re human it means you feel pain and sadness.”

After that experience I suddenly felt comforted, not helpless, and undecided any more. It felt right now to let Noodle go. I took her to the vet a few days later, she had stopped eating. On her last morning she licked a small lump of butter of my finger – she had always loved butter and begged for it – but now couldn’t finish it.

When I took a nap later in the day I was startled awake by feeling that heavy ‘CLONK” that Noodle used to make when she jumped on my lap, weighing 13 pounds. There she was on my lap, grinning at me, saying “Hey – look at me!” and purring the way only she could purr. At that moment I felt joy under my tears, and the wonder of peace filled my entire system.

Now I’m looking forward to the one special thing that I know is going to happen sometime soon. I have noticed in the past that whatever painful problem we manage to get through will present some kind of beautiful thing in return later in the future. It’s like a reward for the growing experience we had to go through.

The things I learned during Noodle’s transition: There were many but here are only a few:
The most profound one is that I still have many issues with grief and loss that I wasn’t aware of, which I had pushed aside, not wanting to deal with them, many of them childhood issues.

During Noodle’s last weeks she used to watch me as the flood gates would open and I’d weep like a child because her unstoppable process of deterioration triggered foggy flash backs of losses I had suffered and not grieved for …many years ago.

Among others, the loss of my dog … being run over by a car, watching him die when I was just a little girl. Lots of cleaning up to do. This loss triggered many old losses. Well. What do we think we know when we are so young!

About doing EFT on animals: She assured me that animals will let you know if how you do it and what you say is acceptable for them or not! Wow! Tapping along her spine, saying things like “I’m such a cool cat and my Mama loves me” or “Even though I have this cancer I choose to be free of discomfort and enjoy every moment of my life” never caused any resistance. However, when I insisted that her body should stop producing all that fluid that needed to be drained she growled at me, making it clear she didn’t want me to proceed like that.

About eating: If you can’t eat for some reason … take a few licks of butter or cream during the day … and watch how that puts back the sparkle in your eyes!

In the end I came to realize that grieving for an animal is no different than grieving for a person.  It triggers just the same pain and sadness one feels when losing a person close to us. Good to have EFT to help us get through it!

Love to all,

Baerbel Froehlin, Life Coach and Hypnotherapist

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