Saturday, 25 August 2012

The Saturday Solution with Dr Basil Widdairs ~ Got a Pet Peeve? Ask me...



Welcome to the 'Saturday Solution'
with
Dr Basil Widdairs


Ph.D. in Kitteh Psychology  
BSc (Hons) Headology  
Psy.D. Furry Logic
 MS. Fuzzy Logic
MA. Common Sense


 



My other Professional Credits include:

NOM Master
Snoozy Savant
Purr Master
AdvoCat of T.L. Treatment
Touchy Feely Therapy or T.F.T
Purrfume Aroma Treatment or P.A.T

Dr Basil ~ helping mew to solve all your Pet Peeves, Purrsonal Problems and Desperate Dilemmas, no matter how great or small they may be.

I use only the very latest techniques, some of which I have developed myself over my long and esteemed career, which include:

 Purr Therapy ~ For Uptight and Particularly Stressed Kittehs 

Nom Zen ~The Art of Nomming in Total Tranquility 

ZZZ's Snooze Sensation ~ Including Mewsical CatNap Sessions tailored to your purrsonal requirements

YogiCat Meditation ~ Stretches and Breathing Techniques for the Severely Stressed & Overworked

Intense CatNip Therapy ~ This treatment speaks for itself (I find it very beneficial)

I am also an AdvoCat of Tough Love coupled with a healthy dose of common kitteh sense

Purrfume Aroma Treatment ~ A Sensory Smelling Session S.S.S. to calm and soothe with highly aromatic blends of specially selected scents

To help you release all your stresses and worries just drop by my new clinic held here every Saturday or, alternatively email me your problem and I'll answer here, if mew require to remain anonymous or anon, purrlease include that in your email. 


Mew can contact me directly at the following address:

DearDrBasil (at) gmail (dot) com

So come and sit on my supurr comfy couch, relax, breath deeply and tell me of your troubles, as I'm ready, willing and able to help...



 
Here is another one of my latest cases:

(Via email)


Dear Dr. Basil
Purrlease help as I have a despurrate dilemma, my hooman has just announced that we are moving from our nice cosy city apartment into a - House with a garden in the middle of nowheresville.  Now while all this might sound peachy, I’m a city cat, not a country cat.  I don’t do outdoors, the most outdoorsy thing I do is sit on the window ledge and watch the pigeons that sit on the sill or fire escape.  
How can I stop this monstrous moving event from taking place?  He says it will be good for me, that I’ll be able to go outside on my own (ON MY OWN – if mew purrlease  - with NO chaperone in all that green stuff!) and explore the wilderness of the garden, getting up close and far too purrsonal with nature and all its beasties, bugs and beings previously unknown to me.  As mew can tell I’m not an adventurous type, the most adventure I’ve ever encountered was watching the National Geographic Channel on TV and that was way too much for me!  Help me I DON’T DO OUTSIDE!
He's even been taunting me with photo's of the new place!!!
Yours beyond despurrate
Pinxton Pieface
(Address withheld)

This is my Expert Reply  
Notice how I use the colour green to instil calm and invoke soothing sensations associated with nature and the great outdoors thereby sending a positive message that GREEN IS GOOD!

Dear Pinxton
My goodness, mew have got your fur in a flap. Purrlease take a deep breath and calm yourself.  Mew have to get a grip as short of a miracle mew will be moving!  So rather than living in denial I am offering mew hope and a way to cope with this experience that is being pushed at mew faster than hurricane of hungry hounds.
In my expert opinion mew are suffering from an acute case of:  F.O.T.G.O.D. (Or Fear of the Great OutDoors.)  This is not unusual or unheard of in City Kitties who have never experienced actual outside or nature up close and purrsonal.  While it may seem rather overwhelming and distressing right now, I can assure mew that there is nothing to be scared of, apart from the larger predators, but where mew will be moving to these won’t be present in your nice safe garden, so mew can put that thought right out of your furry little brainbox.
I have been living in the countryside for many years now and find it to be most harmonious and rather exhilarating at times, it's very Yin and Yang. However while mew are feeling overtly distressed and anxious I recommend the following to help alleviate your concerns, as your hooman is going to be taking mew whether mew like it or not.
Here’s my plan of recommendation prior to the move:
1.     In the first instance, gently increase your exposure to Nature via the TV or full colour magazines.  Start out small only a few minutes a day until mew feel able to handle more.

2.     Whilst sitting on the magazines imagine mew are immersing yourself in the picture, feel the wind ruffle your fur, hear the trees rustling, listen to the birds singing, feel the sun warming your fur, the bees are buzzing and mew are right there, in it and also watching it all safe and sound from your living room. This is Nature by Osmosis – N.B.O.  Remember mew are in a safe environment, and mew are in control at all times.  If mew feel uncomfortable at any time just stop and try again later.

3.      As mew feel more confident increase the amount of time mew watch nature programmes or just sit on nature.  Let your imagination wander further, see yourself interacting with the flora and fauna, climb the tree, flex your claws this is your new scratching post, use it and really feel the sensations of the bark under your claws.  Chase that leaf that just fluttered down from the tree, take a big leap of faith and launch yourself towards the Flutterby, chirrup at the birdies up in the trees and hear the small rodents scurrying about in the thick undergrowth.  Mew see there is nothing to be anxious about: - Keep breathing deeply and repeat the mantra: - All is fuzzy, warm and fluffy in my world – because it is.

Once mew feel comfortable with steps 1 to 3 we can move on to the final stage.

4.     Now this step is for after mew have moved residences and are feeling confident in your new surroundings.  Mew have still been doing Steps 1 through 3 on a daily basis after the move along with the breathing exercises and the mantra in Step 3 – All is fuzzy, warm and fluffy in my world.  This is where you go:  F.AT.I. or Full and Total Immersion. 

F.A.T.I.  means actual outside - I want mew to do this with your hooman present until mew feel at ease in your new outdoor surroundings.  If mew have a house with a porch, I suggest mew start there and slowly increase your exposure to nature one paw at a time.  If at any time mew feel anxious, nervous, overwhelmed or feel any kind of fear at all, I want mew to close your eyes immediately and visualise yourself sitting back on the magazine just picturing that mew are back in your apartment safe and sound, while concentrating on your breathing.  Once mew feel sufficiently calm, open your eyes again and see how mew feel.  If mew feel no better, return indoors and try again tomorrow.

Going full on F.A.T.I . is a huge step and will take some time, but if mew keep trying  mew will soon find out that nature is NICE and mew will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Pinxton, I do hope that The Saturday Solution has helped mew, and if mew need any further consultations, purrlease don't hesitate to MEOW me!
Yours most sincerely
Dr. Basil
@ The Saturday Solution Clinic T.M.

 
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If mew can relate to this problem or feel that mew are in need of any assistance purrlease leave a comment to: Dear Dr Basil.... or email me directly and I'll get back to mew.

Thank mew all for joining me today on The Saturday Solution with Dr Basil, and if you've missed this session don't forget that I'll be back next week with another open clinic and case study.

Until then, Keep Calm and Purr

Dr Basil

Ph.D. ~ BSc. (Hons) ~ Psy.D. ~ MS ~ MA



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2 comments:

  1. Dr. Basil, How wise mew are! And how foolish your client is. Does s/he not realize that the real threat to us kitties is when our humans decide to LEAVE a spacious house with nature around it and move to an apurrtment in the city where they are forbidden to TAKE THE KITTY? That way lies real danger and the ultimate terror. But good for you for comfurrting the silly kitty anyway. If s/he fails to appurrciate nature after following your advice, i know many feline candidates who would be happy to take his or her place. Somewhat grumpily, Dr. K.B. Dundee (aka Dear Tabby)

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    1. Greetings My Esteemed Colleague Dr. K.B. Dundee, how very nice to see mew today @ The Saturday Solution Clinic.

      Yes, it is a very sad state of affairs when one is so terrified of nature, when actually this is our whole 'raison d'etre'

      Ah but mew see, years of isolation and false conditioning will do that to the most stalwart of characters, poor Pinxton never had a chance... but I think after his programme he will think much and feel much differently about his new situation and abode. Don't mew agree?

      Dr. Basil

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