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Kittens are a Migraine Gal’s best friend

You remember how I got a kitten a few months ago? And how I was hoping that having her in my life would make me feel more comforted and at ease, especially in the midst of a migraine?

Well, it’s working. I’m not getting fewer migraines because of her, and I’m not going to claim that she’s making me physically healthier. But having her around helps a lot.

At times I go to feed her and realize that I myself have gone a long time without eating. Having her reminds me it’s time to snack.

She is so danged cute that I often interrupt my 12- and 15-hour workdays to play with her and her toys—I look at the clock and realize it’s been hours since I got up from my desk. Having her to play with reminds me that I need to play, too.

Once in awhile, I’ll be working at the computer and she’ll nestle right beside me (as she’s doing now), placing one of her soft little paws on my forearm. I stop, take a minute to pet her, and can feel myself happy and smiling. Having this adorable little animal next to me, looking into my eyes and begging to be pet, reminds me to take a little break, take a deep breath, and do something that relaxes me.

And just now—just this moment, really!—she knocked my to-do list off the couch and started batting it around the floor. A less than subtle reminder that it’s 9:10 PM and I’ve been working since 7:45 AM. Maybe it’s time to just take a break, she seems to suggest as she bats the to-do list under the couch.

Of course I’m being partly playful when I outline all the ways in which she reminds me to take note of the little things. Wally can’t know what in particular I’m working on, nor can she understand the pain I am going through during a migraine. But animals like her are intelligent, and she can sense when the energy has shifted. She is a sweet, affectionate companion, and she does provide me with so much comfort when I am lonely or tired or just plain overwhelmed.

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  • Amanda Whitsitt Delffs
    8 years ago

    I know this sounds crazy but I used to have a cat that would lay on my head an purr when I had a migraine. It would relieve the pain, don’t know why.

  • Amanda Whitsitt Delffs
    8 years ago

    Wish I still had him!

  • Cindy Cole Ettingoff
    8 years ago

    Wish I could borrow that cat!

  • Debbie Rapsky
    8 years ago

    My cat Maxie never leaves my side when I have a migraine and sometimes it can be 2 days. She lays at the foot of my bed the whole time.

  • Marietta Johnson
    8 years ago

    Pets are so wonderful! I have a 17 year old mini Dachshund who seems to know when I am hurting and sticks with me like glue, like he’s watching over me. He likes to lick my feet and legs to try to comfort me. Its such a joy to pet their furry little heads! Makes me smile! 🙂

  • Heather Macon Lawless
    8 years ago

    Love this post. I have a pup that does the same thing. He knows when I feel bad and takes a nap with me. When I get up so does he. Pets just make you happy. They are not a chore.

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