Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bent out of shape to missing her

Kitty at home in my lap
Last week a friend of mine asked me to take care of her kitty in her home for five days while she flew off to Denver. She was leaving the next morning and her original caretaker had fallen through, and she needed someone who would be willing to go over and make sure the cat had enough food and water, clean the litter box, and maybe even sit with her for awhile. I'd never even met the cat before.

I reluctantly agreed, but I woke that night angry at myself for not saying no, for being a pushover once again. That first evening I went over with a glass of wine and sat down in a chair. I had been hiking all day and it felt good to sit down and sip my wine. No cat to be seen anywhere. After a few minutes, though, I saw two wide green eyes assessing me from behind the couch. Cautiously she approached me and before I knew it, she had presented herself for petting. Purring loudly, the cat took to me like I was an old friend. My heart melted and I felt myself begin to smile and enjoy her. (I've been a cat owner in the past, but it's been a long time.)

After doing the duties required of me, I ended up spending several hours with her that first evening, and every day and evening after that. She's been declawed (front paws) and has been a house cat for her entire life, which (I estimate) is somewhere around 8 to 10 years. Not a young cat, but not an old one, either. Her current owner inherited her when the original owner died.

My friend came home late last night, and now I find myself missing the kitty's presence. I changed in just a few days from being angry about it to really wishing I could visit her again soon. I'll talk to my friend to see if I can possibly have visitation rights.
:-)

26 comments:

  1. Aha! Cats do seem to have that power to 'suck you in'... and petting a cat can be very relaxing. I'm sure you will be given visitation rights - as well as the opportunity to cat sit in the future. =^..^=

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  2. It has been very hard for me to come to terms with never again owning a pet. With our age, Bob's health, & apartment living it seems unwise but if I ever change my mind it will be a cat. So far I like my clean house with no cat hair, not caring for a litter box, & not paying the $25 monthly fee for having a pet. Inside cats cough up hair balls & I don't miss that. I do miss someone to snuggle with & make biscuits in my lap.

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  3. Aww, it was kind of you to take care of the kitty, in such circumstances, I 'spect the owner was desperate to find someone in such short notice.
    She's a beautiful girl, I would definitely ask for visiting rights :)
    ~Jo

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  4. Of course you should ask for visitation rights...obviously that cat adores you.

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  5. awww. so sweet, you big softie!

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  6. The cat gave you an attitude adjustment. Look what happiness and contentment you would have missed. However, I do think saying "no" is something of an art. (I'm getting better at it as I get older.)

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  7. Makes me miss my cat so much.
    He was an inside cat....declawed (front paws).
    I'm hoping you get visitation rights.
    :)
    Love,
    J.

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  8. Cats give me asthma so I don't have any inside my home. Glad you had a good time with this one.

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  9. They have a way. We miss our Simba....

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  10. You might try an hour or two a week at the Local Animal Shelter. I used to visit ours and many kittys need to be petted and fussed with there. I am sure you are a shoo in for the next time your friend leaves town:) Animals are good for a person...relaxes stressed out people:)

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  11. Sometimes life gives us a surprise about ourselves.

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  12. My cat has claimed my lap so there isn't much room for my lap top. I am trying one finger typing. Josy is not so sure she appreciates the divided attention.

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  13. As a Sagittarian, yes, it makes sense that your heart melted! Maybe it's time for a new pet!

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  14. A pet rewards you with their love and you don't have to put up with any backchat!

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  15. Oh I would too!!! Cats are so cool. And they can sense when I person needs attention, I think. You two hit it off, of which this all makes me quite happy to know.

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  16. That's so sweet. Our cat sitter just had her fill of our two. While we were in Panama! She spoils them more than they already are. And fattens them up as well. I think when we have low expectations in life, that's when the best things seem to happen.

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  17. That's so sweet. Our cat sitter just had her fill of our two. While we were in Panama! She spoils them more than they already are. And fattens them up as well. I think when we have low expectations in life, that's when the best things seem to happen.

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  18. Amazing how a cute furry animal can win our hearts!

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  19. How sweet. They can get to you can't they? Cats aren't easily won over quickly so you should feel a bit smug and definitely ask for visiting privileges.

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  20. With cats you need to earn their trust. She knew what a wonderful person you are and that you do love cats. They can tell. ;)

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  21. Ha ha, so cute. Is this the first step in your getting a kitten?

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  22. Aah and there are soooooo many wanting a nice, loving new home! Our Millie is nine years old now. It doesn't seem possible we've had her that long, but we wouldn't be without her now.
    Last October we adopted Panda reluctantly but he was so in need and we couldn't turn him down. Now he is very much part of the family. I hope you get to visit with puss again soon.

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  23. This was a heartwarming story about your experience, DJan. Our Johnathan wrote a paper recently for school on the positive effects of animals. Very true. I grumble about our pup now and then, but boy did I miss her when she was gone for 4 days!

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  24. Awww... You old softy, you. You're also a very good friend to human and animal.

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  25. You got hit smack in the heart by animal love DJan. That olde kitty found your soft spot. I think you should be granted visitation rights, for you never know when you might be called upon again and apparently this cat likes you too, you olde softy you :)

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