We've been recently checking out cat-sitters to look after Ginger (a.k.a. Sweet Kitty) for those upcoming trips. Given Ginger is a geriatic, and quickly approaching 17 years of age, we've decided that having someone come into the home to feed/water/medicate/change litter box ir preferable to boarding her and stressing her out.
So, our interviews have produced two viable candidates....both that seem responsible and trust-worthy. After all, this is our little girl.
So, last evening, cat-sitter #2 (let's call her J) pops over for a meeting and get acquainted session. Question: who is the get acquainted session for? (I later find out, it is for both of us - J sits down to "talk" to Ginger at one point - who knows what they discussed!).
After we had gone through all the cat-sitting agenda topics, she raises a question. "I hope you and Ginger will not mind if I give her a Reiki healing treatment - would that be OK?" I am a bit perplexed. First, because I am not sure what a Reiki treatment for cats (or adults for that matter) would involve, and two, I have no clue what Ginger's views on the subject are. We've never discusssed it, but if we had, I am sure the answer would have been "meow". Not terribly insightful.
J begins to explain, and proceeds to hand me a brochure. She literally has a brochure with a description of the services and a price list. J assures me that this would be totally free of charge the next time she house-sits and will be to ascertain if Ginger likes it. I say, "Go for it, and let me know what she says". Can't wait for that update.
Later in the evening, I share this with the Budman and we look at the brochure in more detail....Reike is described as an ancient healing technique that enhances physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health by channelling life force energy to where the animal needs it for healing. Essentially, the healer puts her hands on specific areas of the body (chakras), bringing energy through her and to the animal. This addresses the whole system and is not just symptom relief.
What's the cost? One animal session is £75, half day rate is £150, and a day rate is £250. (Currency translation, that is about $125, $250, and $425). J also does combo sessions with the pet and the owner...for a slightly higher fee, of course.
J apparently has been doing this for 10 yers, is a TV presenter on the subject and sports a celebrity clientele. For example, J worked on Barclay (the Dalmatian) for the Duchess of York and it was a rousing success.
If it is good enough for the Royals' pets, it is good enough for my Sweet Kitty. Reike-away, J...free of charge, that is.