A Feline TTouch™ Moment

January 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Animal Healing, New Posts


Nail Clipping a Cat Dramatically Improved

© January, 2012
by Nedda Wittels

So after I bought and read and reviewed Getting in TTouchWith Your Cat, I made a point of using the gentle circles on Violet and Sakhara, my two feline family companions.  Both thought the circles a bit odd at first, but I was very laid-back about the whole thing.  I didn’t try to structure, “now is our TTouch time” with them.  I decided to just incorporate TTouch circles into our other time together.

So when one or the other would jump into my lap, I would pet them as I normally did, and then do some TTouch circles.  I didn’t memorize all the different ways to do them using different parts of your hand.  I just did whatever felt right.  I also did many different parts of their bodies, but not all in the same session.

We’ve only been doing this for a few weeks – since around Christmas.

And now, here’s the big surprise.


For two lifetimes Violet  has been very resistant to having her nails clipped.  I’ve used lots of Rescue Remedy flower essence formula, been exceedingly patient with her, and done my best to desensitize her to this nail clipping process.   As a result, I’ve been able to clip her claws, but often not all of them at one sitting.  I always make sure we finish before it becomes too hard for her so that we end on a positive note.

Yesterday, I picked Violet up after I felt her needle-like claws on my skin, and announced that it was time for a nail clipping session.  She gave me her usual dirty look, but I went right ahead and got out the clippers.

Violet will lie on her back in my arms and on my lap, which is her preferred position for doing her rear claws.  I often start with them because she will tolerate clipping them more readily than her front ones.   I have found  it’s best to get the rear ones done before she decides she’s not putting up with this human weakening of her battle weapons and runs out of patience.

This time, Violet lay there in my arms PURRING while I clipped her rear claws!!!

Purring and claw clipping have never occurred simultaneously before – NOT EVER!!

Then I did her left front paw – again because she tolerates this better than her right front paw.  If I do the right one first, I often can’t do any of the others at the same sitting.

Violet kept purring and just lay in my arms.  Three paws down.  One to go.

Although I was quite astonished, I continued to stay as calm as possible and to moderate my enthusiasm while I focused on the task at hand. I reminded myself to keep breathing and keep my heart center open.

Finally, I moved on to the claws on the right front paw.

The purring continued!!!!

I got them all done!!!

She was still PURRING when I finished!

If this isn’t a recommendation for TTOUCH, I don’t know what is.


Getting in TTouch™ With Your Cat

December 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Energy Healing Systems, New Posts


Book Review by Nedda Wittels

Commentary by Violet and Sakhara


This November,  2011, just after the electricity was turned back on at my home in Connecticut, Cathy Wells spoke at the Animal Communicator Forum about Tellington TTouch™, a system based on Moshe Feldenkrais’ techniques for healing from neurological injuries.  [Cathy’s Talk] The timing was perfect for me personally, because Cathy reminded me how powerful TTouch™ is for animals.

I had first taught myself  the basic techniques of TTouch™ many years ago when Echo, my horse companion, had some special needs that nothing else was able address.  Why I never made the connection between TTouch™ and cats eludes me.  However, listening to Cathy’s program made me realize that both my feline companions, Violet and Sakhara, would greatly benefit from  this powerful system.

Cathy recommended the book by Linda Tellington-Jones called “Getting in TTouch with Your Cat.”  (If you have dogs, there is a similar book specifically for dogs.)  I am delighted to say that it proved to be exactly what I needed to help my two furry, purry gals.

What’s terrific about this book?

  • Easy to read.
  • Clear instructions on the various touches.
  • Excellent and beautiful photos demonstrating the touches.
  • Well organized.
  • Good indexing to help you find what you need in specific situations.
  • Suggestions on how to accustom your feline companion to TTouch™.

What’s missing from this book?

Unfortunately, a very basic and key piece of information is not included:

  • Instructions on how to choose the correct pressure for applying the Touch.

Despite this key missing piece, I do recommend this book to anyone who loves cats and wants to assist them.  It can help them be more comfortable in their physical body and to cope with the many challenges of life.  I dare say, from Cathy’s talk, that it would be a huge benefit to use with feral cats as well, as it includes methods for helping a cat accept touch in general.


Violet relaxing.

“I don’t like to admit it, but the nearly 2 weeks we had no heat were very stressful for me.  Nedda worked hard to take care of all of us and to keep me warm enough.  Still, that first night the sound of crashing, crying trees was so painful and the house and ground shook.  I know Nedda was up most of that night and I tried to help her stay calm, but it was a challenge for all of us.

“By the time we got the lights and warmth back into the house, I was exhausted and very tense.  I just couldn’t seem to completely let my body go and relax.  One day, Nedda started doing these weird circles on my body.  At first I didn’t like them, but then quite suddenly, my muscles started going limp on their own.

“It was like magic because I felt myself unwind.  I could stretch again.  I felt like running and jumping again.  And I did all these things.  My body relaxed at last.  Of course, by this time I was exhausted and I did get sick, but I’m sure I healed faster with these funny circles on my body.”



“I really enjoyed the time we had no lights.  It was cooler in the house and I love the cool air.  It makes me feel energized.  So I was fine during the time Nedda slept on the sofa, although it was kind of crowded for the 3 of us.

“When Nedda started doing circle movements on my body, it felt a bit weird, but basically ok.  I relaxed into it right away.  For me it was just a different way to be stroked.

“For me, the TTouch stuff helps me when I detox.  When I make energetic shifts, my digestive system does a lot of the cleansing work.  I just have to throw up the junk my body wants to get rid of.  Sometimes I need help to get rid of it.  I need to eat stuff to make me vomit.  But by then I feel really yucky.

“When I have these detoxing times, I’ve noticed that Nedda does funny things with my body.  She calls it a “belly lift” and she uses that along with the circles all over my body.  It really helps a lot to make me feel better faster.”

I can’t imagine a better testimonial than hearing from the cats themselves.


p.s.  If you don’t know how to adjust the “touch” pressure, contact Cathy Wells in Vermont.  802-985-2304 www.commonheart.net