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Gayle Nastasi, animal consultant and author

Creature Thoughts: June 2020 – A Kitty’s Gotta Scratch

“How do I get my cat to stop scratching?” is a question I have heard quite a few times over the years. My answer? “You don’t.”

That’s not a fatalistic outlook speaking. You don’t get a cat to stop scratching, because scratching is absolutely essential for a cat’s mental and physical health.

June 25, 2020

Creature Thoughts, Jan 2020: Animal Totems

For as long as there has been human culture, that culture has had a strong association with the animals with which we share our world.

January 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts, November 2018: Vibration

“Everything in life is vibration.” — Albert Einstein

Or, even more dramatically:

“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” ― Albert Einstein

Okay, I think we can all agree that Mr Einstein was a pretty smart guy. If he says that everything is vibration, and that, when broken down to the most baseline truth, there is no matter, that sure gives us something to think about.

November 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts, October 2018: The Ghost Cat

What would October be without a ghost story or two?

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts, Sept. 2018: Dog Days

The Dog Days of Summer. As a lover of words, as well as of dogs, I couldn’t help wondering where that phrase originated. It turns out that ancient cultures saw a connection between the hottest days of the summer season and the rising of the star Sirius.

September 5, 2018

Creature Thoughts, Aug 2018: Forever, Stars

I know that Stars would want to thank everyone, all her friends and fans, for all of the love that has been sent her way. Some might say a Starling wouldn’t understand enough to feel grateful for such love. But I know, and you know, that Stars would. She would call you all her hamsters, her very favorite word to use about things that made her happy. And you are all my hamsters, too.

August 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Creature Thoughts, January 2018: Our Twilight Pets

Our Twilight Pets Is your older dog pacing, whining, and anxious without reason? Has your senior cat become restless at night, crying and calling out? Has your old pet’s appetite … Continue reading

January 10, 2018

Creature Thoughts, August 2016

They love us regardless of who we are. They love us even though we are far from perfect. They hold no expectations, they make no judgments. They are an island of unconditional love in a hostile sea.

Or perhaps it’s not so much that they love us despite ourselves. Perhaps they simply have more faith in our hearts’ potential than we do.

August 5, 2016

Creature Thoughts, July 2016

This month, I’d like to share an excerpt from Through Their Eyes: The Nature of the Beast

I first encountered the word anthropocentrism when I was beginning to seriously study animal communication.

July 2, 2016

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