I’ve had two cats in my adulthood, and I’ve never been much of a cat lover. Or any animal lover for that matter! Don’t get me wrong, I’m more than happy in their company. I just never grew up around animals, so didn’t have the experience my wife did.
Both times we had a cat at home they ran away – and I’m not sure if it’s something I said, or it’s just something cats like to do. Saying that, I don’t know what happened to them – whether they were adopted by another family, or if they met untimely ends out on a busy road. It was a big loss for our small family. You get used to your pets and accept them as part of the furniture, even if they like to destroy them at an early age.
Cat #1 was the imaginatively named Paws, an elderly grey maine coon. A huge ball of fluff that tended to cough up more fur balls than anything. She liked to snuggle up with my wife or daughter on alternate nights. I don’t think she liked me so much – another favourite notch of hers at night was the divot between our feet in bed. Whenever I tended to move, I inadvertently knocked her, which made her scarper! Like I said, I’m not sure if the poor girl ever truly liked me.
Cat #2 was Lucy, a tabby with a kink in her tail that was a trait passed down by her father. She was still young when she entered our world, but struggled to settle, which is why we believe she ran away. She was given plenty of love, plenty of cuddles – which she loved – however you can’t force an animal to settle if they always want to be somewhere else.
You’re both missed, girls. Hopefully we’ll meet again someday.
One thing we didn’t have for either of them was insurance. Lucy had abscesses in her mouth when she first came to us, which resulted in a hefty vets bit for antibiotics. My wife and I constantly discussed getting insurance to cover any eventuality, but it was just one of those things that kept being put back. In hindsight, it would have helped cover any potential issues… but then Lucy didn’t come back one day.
So, once both cats were gone, they were gone. Poof. Vanished. Not only were we all upset as a family, we now didn’t have those extra fluffy bundles to cuddle.
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