Well, in just little over a week, we will be celebrating our cat’s 4th anniversary since she came to live with us…
Her journey from the start has been interesting since we adopted her from a pet fair at a local pet store. We already had one cat but felt she needed a companion so we made the decision to adopt. She was a scrawny thing at that time, facing away from people, and already rejected by one potential family. Yet, my husband wanted her even after she swiped at him with a claw. I told him maybe we shouldn’t adopt her because he does not need a scratch from a cat.
He insisted so adopt her we did.
We took her home where our one cat became pissed even after we took our new baby into the spare bathroom. Frightened, we left her alone until the next morning when I went in to check her. She was scared and wanted nothing to do with us yet I sat with her for a bit and comforted her. She cuddled with me for a few moments before backing away.
After a couple of days, I let her out and she went wild so I told my husband that maybe we should give her back. He decided to call about her history and discovered that she was the runt, lived with an older person, and had gotten pregnant at a young age and then lost that batch. The foster parent told us that once you got to know her, she was quite loveable so we decided to keep her and give her a chance.
Well, that chance became a challenge as I was determined to change her into a sweet cat. It has been tough and it has taken a long time to tame her especially when she spent most of three years outside. Even then it was a journey as she brought in everything from dead snakes, live baby bunnies, and even a rat into the house and let it loose! Yes, many near heart attacks but I survived…
Then, unfortunately, due to issues with my husband and his health, we had to give up our older cat. Later, we realized we should have tried other methods to prevent this cat from attacking my husband’s medical equipment, which was causing infections.
Then, our girl started to calm down as she was finally able to sleep with us and started bonding with us more. More bonding came as we moved to an apartment and she was not able to got out.
Yet, since our move to our new town, she has become even more calm and the bonding continues to the point that she is finally warming up to even strangers and finally doing some serious cuddling. We’ll just see how she does after we take her to a new vet this week…sigh…
Throughout this journey, she has taught us the following:
- That no matter what, it’s important to give not only animals a chance but humans as well. Being patient and loving will lead to bonding and trust, which needs to be earned even with humans.
- Forgiveness – she has forgiven us for a lot of unintentional boo boos like me kicking her at night in my sleep, taking her to the vet for shots, leaving her alone for 2 weeks (with a cat sitter coming in to visit), and even the long trip to a new home. Thus, we need to learn to forgive each other no matter what happens.
- Even cats can be service animal especially with our cat who has alerted us when hubby is low on blood sugar or even having a stroke…so listen to them when they try to tell you something.
- Oh, she loves company sine we always have a cats coming up to our porch and hanging out…
- She loves to listen when I read the Bible with her as the audience…her big eyes watch and she acts content…so read the bible aloud to your animal…
So, yeah, if you can, let your animals teach you something…after all, God made them to be companions and even possibly teach us a thing or two.
What have you learned from your pet throughout your journey?