Women and Cats
By Allen and Linda Anderson
Over the years we have read
many stories about the spiritual connection people have with animals. The
stories come from all over the world. Often we find one common factor in the
stories: one of the central characters is a
strong, loving, nurturing woman.
a cherished pet, an animal in nature, a horse, or other types of
animal companions, there always seems to be the unwritten agreement between animal and woman allowing both the
freedom to open new doors to greater spirituality.
Both woman and animal are individuals experiencing together the trials of
living. As a team, they give each other strength, comfort, and joy.
As a special treat, if
you’ve not already met her, we want to introduce you to our little black-and-white
tuxedo kitty Cuddles. We found her at an animal shelter as one kitten in a
litter of the cutest little critters. We couldn’t decide who should go home
held her arm out, palm up, in the cage full of kittens. Cuddles
leaped over all the other kittens and landed in
Linda’s outstretched hand. Linda looked at Allen and said, “This
must be the one!”
came to us when we wrote our first book and needed to do everything we could
imagine to let people know about it. Because “Angel Animals” was such an
intriguing concept, when we told local
media about the stories we had collected from all over the world and which were
now in a book, they began coming to our house to help us bring out our
became our kitty ambassador. She posed for cameras, sat on
reporters’ laps and purred, and became a publicist’s
dream image. Since then, she was our dog Leaf’s running mate when he became the
first cocker spaniel candidate for president
of the United States. (He didn’t win but we were told
he had write-in votes.)
This sweet little cat is our
friend, our “enforcer,” who makes
us all follow the house rules, protector of our vulnerable cockatiel (another
whole story about cats and birds), and our teacher.
KITTY ALARM CLOCK
Cuddles has a spiritual
connection with Linda that seems to carry
a special female-to-female energy. They “get” each other. Cuddles
always intuits what is important to Linda and in her feline way manages to assist. Since their bond is so strong, Linda puts her furry friend to work and entrusts her
with the important job of waking her up.
Linda intends to take a nap, she says to Cuddles, “I want
to sleep for twenty minutes. Will you wake me up?” Cuddles registers the request in
her mysterious brain. Twenty minutes (on the dot!) later, she licks Linda’s
hand until her human charge is awake.
With that kind of precision,
it’s no problem at all for Cuddles to wake up Linda for whatever time she sets
the alarm clock. The trick is for Linda to remember to tell Cuddles about the anomalies, such as daylight savings time
and snooze alarms.
Their relationship is beyond
words or even emotions. It is a meeting of souls, and the love they share will
live on forever.
Below are a few excerpts
from the “Ask Cuddles” column in our book Angel Cats:
Divine Messengers of Comfort, published by New World Library in 2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted
Do cats really love us, or
are we merely the source of their food supply?
A Human Can Opener
Dear Can Opener,
Can’t you tell we love you from the way we follow you around, jump onto
your chest when you least expect it, and purr even when it’s not dinnertime? Of
course, we love you even more after you’ve given us
our favorite cat food!
Complexly yours, Cuddles
Why were cats given such
amazing powers to heal with their purrs, their companionship, and their
Sincerely, A Cat Purr-son
Dear Cat Purr-son,
We cats are endowed with
healing powers because we don’t hesitate to use them, even if no one notices.
Intriguingly yours, Cuddles
Do animals go to heaven?
Yes, of course animals go to
heaven. And we will joyfully greet you there at the Rainbow Bridge (it does
exist!) when you arrive. That’s a promise.
thing. (You can believe this or not, but I happen to know from personal experience that this
does happen.) Sometimes the soul that was your sweet kitty can’t wait for a heavenly reunion with you.
This soul then rejoins you at another place and time in a different body. If
you want to know the truth of this, look into our eyes. See if you recognize an
old friend. Our love never dies.
Forever yours, Cuddles
photos of Cuddles go to www.angelanimals.net/nlimage94.html and
visit her on Facebook at Angel Cats.
Do you know a woman and a
cat who have a spiritual connection?
Allen and Linda Anderson are
co-founders of Angel Animals Network and the authors of a series of books about the spiritual connection between
people and animals http://www.angelanimals.net. Their newest
book is Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your
Favorite Animal Actors (http://www.animalactorsbook.com)