Stray Cat Helps Owner Overcome Anorexia
Five years later, Ransley is upbeat, at a healthy weight and looking forward to the future, all thanks to a needy orange tabby named Riley who wandered into her life.The love of an animal can have some amazing healing powers, as the now 25-year-old Ransley found out. According to the U.K. Daily Telegraph, Ransley was able to work through her long and troublesome battle with anorexia with Riley's help. To see a Ashley before she found Riley -- click to the next page.
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During her struggle with her eating disorder, Ransley discovered a small, stray cat walking around her family's property. Deciding to take the cat in as her own, the struggling girl brought the tabby to the vet for a check-up. Ransley believed the stray to be a kitten, but was told by the doctor that the three-pound feline was actually a fully-grown and extremely malnourished female cat.
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After leaving the vet, Ransley began to help the weak cat, whom she named Riley, reach a healthy weight. While she fed and cared for Riley, Ransley also found that it was easier for her to feed and care for herself. She felt that focusing her attention on Riley's needs helped her take the focus off her own issues.
Ransley found herself eating with Riley to keep her company, sharing food with the cat and occupying herself with feline playtime when she began to feel anxious about food. The pair soon became inseparable as their bond strengthened over their challenges to become healthy.
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Now that both Riley and her owner are doing better, Ransley has focused her attention on helping other individuals suffering from eating disorders through a charity called EDEN. Having gone through the ups and downs of her illness, Ransley understands it is important to find the one thing that can help pull an anorexia sufferer out of that negative cycle. For her it was Riley, but Ransley knows that for many it takes medical help to reach full recovery.
Ransley accepts that she will lose her precious tabby partner one day and has looked into other outlets for staying healthy, but no matter what happens, Ransley believes she and Riley will always share the bond of being each other's savior.
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