Can Earthing Benefit Your Pets?


I believe the concept of Earthing was introduced in a book called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever! I have not yet read the book but I read several articles about the subject and watched a documentary called Grounded. As best as I understand it, when we are disconnected from the Earth, like we are in our homes or while wearing most shoes, we build up free radicals in our bodies that cause inflammation. That leads to a long list of other health problems. By taking our shoes off and touching the Earth for 30 to 60 minutes a day, we allow a free exchange of electrons that can neutralize these free radicals and restore health. Even just standing on unpainted concrete, like a driveway or sidewalk, will allow an exchange of electrons.

I had been wearing minimalist shoes for over a year but decided I needed to get as close to barefoot as possible. The best option I could find was a pair of traditional moccasins that only had a single layer of leather for the sole.  The leather, once worn in, conducts electricity and is the perfect compromise between shoes and barefoot walking. Plus, they are very light and allow my feet to move freely in them. The only problem was that I had to learn to walk like humans are supposed to, by landing each step less on the heel and more toward the balls of my feet. Striking the heel on a hard surface like I was used to with sneakers, or even the minimalist shoes, was somewhat painful.

Since moving a few months ago I have not been walking on the Earth much and lately I have been thinking about ways that I could get out more. Suddenly I realised that our cats get outside to touch the Earth even less than I do. I have always felt it was good for pets to get outside where they could run around and breathe fresh air and now I have another reason to get them out. I am sure that if connecting to the Earth can help people it could help pets too, perhaps even more so for inside only cats that never have contact with the ground.

Unfortunately, getting my cats outside has always been difficult. Busy traffic near our last home and rules against outside cats where I live now keep our pets inside. It also doesn’t help that Frankie is a runner and I fear he will go to far and get lost if let out without his harness, but finding time to “walk” all of our cats is difficult.

Bad Cat Chris outside

Cat Frankie outside

Going forward I will try let Frankie and Puck outside more often for walks on the harness. That will help me get out more too. Hopefully Puck can get over his nervousness because I want him to get outside as well. Chris doesn’t need a harness but I plan to spend more time letting him eat grass before making him go inside. In addition, I may pick up an earthing mat to use in the home. It is a mat that connects to the grounding plug in your home or to a wire that leads outside into the ground. It might be helpful when I sit at the computer with all the EMF radiation around me, then the cats could lay on it when I am not using it. I read that pets are naturally attracted to it.

What do you think? Does anyone have any experience with Earthing?

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18 thoughts on “Can Earthing Benefit Your Pets?

  1. kittiesblue

    None of us, including Mom and Dad have ever heard of this. Mom never goes anywhere (even in the house) without shoes due to many surgeries that make it painful for her to walk without. Mom wonders if it would be the same if she went out and touched her hands to the ground? Interesting concept. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Any contact with the ground is good. Perhaps sitting in a chair on a cement driveway with bare feet might help or maybe one of those earthing pads. They even sell but earthing bed sheets. I am not convinced it is a miracle cure but every little bit helps.

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  2. pilch92

    Very interesting post. I did read in a health book recently about having your feet touch the ground everyday being good for you, but the word earthing as not used. It does make sense though.

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  3. Fozziemum

    I get my shoes off whenever i can..not out the front because of snakes but the back is safe..i have always been a barefoot girl..the more i can the better i feel..i am always on the ground..sitting lying hands in soil or touching plants..it grounds me all the time…i need my feet to be in the ocean and they rarely get the chance…:(

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      1. Fozziemum

        I pine for the ocean..closest we have is a reservoir ..the heartbeat of the ocean is what i miss..we will be planting out our tomatoes soon and zucchinis and eggplant…busy as i am i will make time..i have beets to pull up and silverbeet ..that earthy smell of mushroom compost does me a power of good 🙂 envious you had a dip of the feet today….very envious 🙂

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  4. Summer

    My human has heard of it, but never tried it for herself. She does take me out on the harness at least once a week and we often spend time in the front or back yard before going back inside. I know that is good for me!

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  5. Deziz World

    Hmmmmm Weez never heard of this at all. Mommy wears mocossins a lot. Altho’ she sed she dusn’t feel any different. Good luck. We luv da fotos.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I had to by a special pair of moccasins without a rubber sole. I was outside today barefoot because Chris ran out the door and I had to retrieve him. Should have put on the moccasins because I stepped in a bunch of what we call sand spurs, even though they are in the grass.

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      1. Deziz World

        A special pair? We don’t call those wiff da rubber sole moccasins, they’re just shoes. Mommys had hers fur so long da inside sliver of foam fur insulatin’ da step is gone, so mommy has true moccasins now. MOL They sell all over Texas and New Mexico everyday fur ’bout 20.00. Mommy just won’t bweak down and buy a new pair cuz she sez she dusn’t have da money and there’s nuffin’ weally wrong wiff da ones she has. She sez she magines da Indians didn’t have da piece of foam fur their shoes. MOL Sowry ’bout da sand spurs, weez not heard of those but can magine they hurt. Glad you was able to ketch Chris tho’.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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          1. Deziz World

            OMC Mommy wuld die. Yeah da leather on mommys is all slick fwum da years of wearin’ ’em on every type of surface imagineable. But they hold up purretty well. She’s had ’em fur goin’ on 10 years and wears ’em all da time. Maybe they be made of a better leather in da south. She finks she members gettin’ at a western store in Abilene Texas.

            Luv ya’

            Dezi and Lexi

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