A magical bond with moggies led to a new career for “cat whiskerer” Julie-Anne Thorne.
She found she could tune in to feline feelings on a day at the zoo.
And now she has ditched her job as a civil servant to tell owners what their pets are thinking at £195 a time.
Julie-Anne, 38, says she can pick up the emotions felt by an animal by sitting down with it or just looking at
She describes herself as “cat intuitive” and says it helps her understand why a worried cat is behaving in a certain way.
She can then advise the owners on how to help.
Julie-Anne, who now runs Naturally Cats full-time, said: “I can’t explain the science or the logic behind it because it is more of an emotional and energetic connection between myself and the cats.
“When I connect to my breath and to the moment and stop all the noise of day-to-day stuff that goes through my head, I am able to feel how the cat feels.
“All of a sudden, I might become angry or I might feel scared – that’s what the cat is directly feeling, it’s not just my interpretation. I can actually feel it within myself.”
Julie-Anne, who lives in Plymouth, Devon, realised she had a connection with cats after visiting a zoo with her husband Rob in 2012.
When they stopped at an enclosure where a cheetah lived, Julie-Anne was overcome by sadness and suddenly started to cry.
Later that day they found out that the cheetah in question had lost its mate and was grieving.
Julie-Anne said: “It led me to explore an empathy side of things, and over the years I’ve realised that I can connect with cats energetically and emotionally.”
Julie-Anne has helped around 40 clients and has more than 1,000 followers online.
Once she has sensed a cat’s emotions she then gets the owners to introduce different dried herbs into their pet’s daily diet.
If she senses that the cat is feeling angry she might prescribe a mix of hops, jasmine, rosebuds and valerian root.
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Depressed cats get angelica root, St John’s Wort flowers and lemon balm.
A kitty that has experienced a bereavement is given a mix of yarrow and linden flowers with some lavender.
Julie-Anne has faced scepticism over her line of work, even from the clients who have hired her.
But the therapist said: “I had one client whose partner just laughed in my face when I suggested using remedies for their cat.
“They have seen how much it has helped and are thankful for the connection they now have with their cat.”
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