Cats usually aren't afraid of the dark. But Tia was. Traumatized she couldn't even come out of her carrier except to eat and use the litter. After her long-time human died, she was adopted by a relative who infamously declawed her and kept Tia in a dark closet.
A year later, Tia was rescued by VOKRA. She was extremely jittery but would venture out of her carrier whenever her foster parents coaxed her. It took a lot of coaxing, mind you. Her fosters reported that Tia refused to leave her carrier at night, even to use the litter.
I was asked by VOKRA to visit Tia at her foster home for energy therapy and animal communication. Tia immediately told me she didn't want to be touch which I was more than happy to oblige as energy therapy can easily be done with a hands-off approach. During our session Tia immediately relaxed, came out of her carrier and fell asleep.
During our animal communication session Tia stated that she is afraid of the dark and would like light left on in the room so she could use the litter as she didn't like using her carrier as her litter too. After suggesting to her foster mums that they buy Tia a night light they reported a week later that Tia used her litter during the nights.
POSTSCRIPT: By using energy therapy to help facilitate Tia’s healing, we were able to release blocked-up traumatic energy from her nervous system and work through the loss and grief to the point where she became quite confident, played a lot and expressed to me that she was very happy. Tia has since been adopted by her foster mums and lives with two dogs in England.