by Janet Blue on September 25, 2015

Lily Olivia Requests a Little Reiki

I’ve never shared Lily Olivia’s full “story” before; though, I think I have made mention of her “accident” in passing. What occurred at the house a few days ago gave me the opening I needed to tell you about Lily Olivia, the survivor.

Lily Olivia is not known for her warm and friendly personality. She has mellowed a bit as she has aged and doesn’t hiss and swipe at everyone who approaches her as she once did. But she surprised the heck out of her dad and me last week. I was sitting on our double rocker with our Barn Cat Buddies friend and original foster mom for Astrid and Calista Jo, Diane. Lily jumped up right between us. Tom and I were left with our mouths agape.

Lily went right up to Diane, checked her out and gave her some nose bumps. She then turned around and pushed her butt right up to Diane’s leg. Diane, a Master in the practice of Reiki, told us that animals needing healing will normally present that part of their body to her. She asked about Lily’s history, which we hadn’t shared previously.

Any 16-year-old kitty is bound to have some aches and pains, but Lily has more than the usual. The following photo is from 2001. Lily Olivia was two years old. The photo was taken after Lily spent several days in emergency vet care for a broken and dislocated right rear leg and three lung punctures.




Lily’s chance of surviving was quite slim. But she’s a fighter. When she pulled through, I never expected her to have such a long and basically healthy life. We feel blessed for her to be with us; though, she can be a bit of a pain in the rear. She is a calico after all.

We have never known exactly what happened to Lily but suspect she was hit by a car in our back alley. After calling her for several hours with no response, I found her huddled against the back door. She would have had to climb an entire flight of stairs to get there. Definitely, a fighter.

Once I shared Lily’s background with Diane, she was not surprised that Lily came to her.  She only spent a few minutes with Lily Olivia, but Lily was quite relaxed afterwards.




This most likely will not be Lily’s last Reiki treatment. I do notice that it is a bit more effort for her to jump the four feet to get to her bowl on the kitchen counter or the faucet in the bathroom—her favorite place for a drink when I get up in the middle of the night.

To find out more about Reiki and its benefits, you can visit Diane’s website, Reiki Pets by clicking here.

M. K. Clinton September 27, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Poor baby. It is always wonderful to know that our pets have the fighting spirit, but hope they never need it.
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The Swiss Cats September 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Poor Lily Olivia, we had no idea she had to go through such rough times. Thank you for sharing her story with us. Purrs
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Athena and Marie September 27, 2015 at 3:34 am

Aww… sweet story. Thanks for sharing with us.

Yes, animals love Reiki. Athena often comes up to me and requests it.

Purrs xx
Athena and Marie
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LP September 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

That must have been heart stopping to find her in that condition by your back door! Thankfully Lily was young enough to seemingly make a full recovery! Now it all makes sense…Leo was a fighter and went through some challenges as well …kindred spirits. We hope you are all well, thriving and enjoying the beauty of Autumn. Love to all of you and to your Mama too 🙂

the critters in the cottage xo

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal September 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

I did not know that story. Poor Lily Olivia 🙁
I´m glad she survived and have a good life 🙂

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Vera September 26, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Great post. Wonderful kitty and wonderful mom too who took care of her so well. instructive post too!

Peaches & Paprika September 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

OMC that poor THING with the pink casts! Makes us cry even though we’re cats. And then she looks so happy with the healer. Thanx for sharing this story with us!
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Lola and Lexy September 26, 2015 at 8:06 am

We’re so glad Lily is such a fighter and that she has such good parents like you. Mommy does Reiki and knows how much it can help. Thank you for telling us Lily’s story.
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Cat Scout Charles September 26, 2015 at 7:52 am

O M C We had no idea that Lily Olivia had such a traumatic occurrence. It is truly amazing what strength cats have despite their pain.
We are happy she has overcome her injuries and is even mellowing as she ages.
Purrs…Nose kisses to Ms Lisbeth

Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles September 26, 2015 at 2:11 am

Oh, My:((
That would have been horrid to find your loved kitty like that.

We are happy she pulled through. We hope the Reiki helps.

Ellen Pilch September 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm

I did not know that story. Poor Lily Olivia, I am glad she survived and has had such a great life. I love the calico personality, my Lucy used to hiss and swipe at all the other kitties too.
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Jeanne Melanson September 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm

Thanks for sharing Lily’s story with us. I love it that she went right to Diane for a Reiki treatment. It’s funny, how they know, isn’t it? I used to practice Reiki and Quantum Touch on animals and found that they either loved it or hated it. Especially cats. Lovely cat, lovely story. 🙂
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The Island Cats September 25, 2015 at 7:09 pm

We didn’t know about Lily Olivia’s trauma history. She sure is a survivor. And we hope the Reiki helps her…we know that it really can. Lots of purrs for her from us.
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Melissa, Mudpie & Angel Truffles September 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm

What an amazing story!!! I’ve heard some really good things about reiki.
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Austin Towers September 25, 2015 at 6:23 pm

That’s an amazing story! Lily Olivia is certainly a fighter!. Sending my best purrs to the sweet kitty xxx
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Flynn September 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Poor Lily Olivia! She really is a brave little fighter to get herself home. I am glad the reiki helped her. I am sending her purrs.
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Dezi and Lexi September 25, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Dat’s so pawul. Weez so sowry sweet bootyful Lily had to go fwu dat. Weez glad she be feelin’ better and has lived happily fur so many years. Here’s to a lot more happy years.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Lexi
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BeadedTail September 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm

We’re so sorry to hear what Lily Olivia went through but are so glad she recovered so well! She’s certainly not only beautiful but a very strong ladycat! We’re sending purrs to her!
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The Creative Cat September 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Cats must be so frustrated that they must SHOW us exactly what they need, we don’t just KNOW, it’s such a good think you’d invited a reiki practitioner to your house. We are truly glad Lily Olivia survived whatever happened!
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Brian Frum September 25, 2015 at 1:26 pm

Purrs to sweet Lily Olivia from all of us. Such a fighter fur sure!

Annabelle September 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Oh Lily Olivia what a strong girl you are. We are glad you got some Reiki and that it helped you and we are glad to know that will continue for you. We will send you deep soft rumbly purrs.
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Katie isabella September 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

And I am sending purrs too. What a special strong little Ladycat. Gentle hugs darling.

Katie isabella September 25, 2015 at 11:35 am

God bless you little Lily Olivia. I am so happy that you got help and will continue to do so.

Kitty Cat Chronicles September 25, 2015 at 10:15 am

Wow, Lily Olivia is a fighter for sure! What an amazing girl. We send lots of healing purrs and prayers her way! And of course, Sampy sends Astrid 0394857203948570239475 kisses.

prancer pie September 25, 2015 at 10:08 am

Amazing story. What a fighter she is!
Lovely pics of the three of you.
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Hemingway and Shakespeare September 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

Lily Olivia is amazing and has some awesome tales to tell her fur people and human friends. She also has the perfect home for the love and attention she needs. Our Mom says that humans who care for fur people have bigger hearts than most. We agree. Purrs and soft paw pats to an awesome home! Special purrs and whispers to Lily Olivia!
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Hannah and Lucy September 25, 2015 at 9:29 am

How amazing that Lily Olivia climbed up all those stairs – what a brave lady.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx
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Linda Arthur Tejera September 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

Oh, poor Lily Olivia. Thank goodness she found her caring Mom and has been able to have such a lovely life. I don’t know much about it but I sure hope that Reiki helps her.
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Bev Green September 25, 2015 at 8:37 am

Poor Lily..yes we have had some tough kitties here too…sadly our toughest has gone now but the things he survived..amazing….and i firmly believe Reikki is a wonderful gentle way to heal..peeps and pets…bless Lily Olivia.our Marbles is the hisser smacky paw one here..not all kitties can be easy,..but it makes life interesting that is for sure 🙂 lLoves Fozziemum xx
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Mariodacat September 25, 2015 at 8:13 am

What n amazing story. We ar so happy you shared it with us. She is a fighter.

Sammy September 25, 2015 at 5:48 am

Poor Lily Olivia – what a horrible accident… happy she survived and is going strong. I am sure Reiki is helpful…..I am not an expert but know the basics and I must say Sam enjoys a good gentle massage more than I ever thought he would. More and more he’ll hop up on my lap for a session…’s “our” time. Sending hugs to your SURVIVOR – she’s quite a lady!

Hugs, Pam (and Sam)
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LadyBird September 25, 2015 at 5:17 am

Poor Lily!! It’s amazing she was able to find her way home after such trauma. It’s no wonder she has been grumpy for so long. I’m sure her bones literally ached some days. Also glad she has mellowed and relaxed. She is a beautiful kitty. Love Toby
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Cathy Kennedy September 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

Remarkable story! Animals can surprise the socks off ya!
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kiwiskan September 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

Good for Lily. My daughter’s cat, Carmen, was accidentally run over some years ago, but she is amazing. She is still going strong at 19 years of age. A few weeks back she went missing, and we all feared the worst, but she’s back. A tortoiseshell – she’s something else!
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Summer September 25, 2015 at 1:28 am

I had no idea Lily Olivia had such awful trauma in her past. I may not know Reiki, but I am sending some purrs her way, as I’m sure she could use them.
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