I have always said that there are two things that make a house a home: a piano (my father would be proud) and cats. My family is a family of cat lovers and none of us could imagine a home without a wonderful four-legged creature in it. Animals are amazing beings. One of the purest relationships around. Other than food, walking and a little attention, they are not demanding of us. They bestow on us their unconditional love and we love to love them in return.
My cat has been with me for almost 14 years. He was a co-dependent love bunny (rather, kitty) from day one – always in my lap, always purring, and chock full of personality to boot. My cat thinks he is a dog. Seriously, he really does. He has species identity confusion. He will play fetch, roll over, speak when spoken to, come when I call him, and he presents me with his “toys” each morning. He purrs in my presence and always longs to be near me. The perfect cat and the perfect dog rolled into one pet.
I have found that having a pet in my life is very therapeutic. Having one being that loves me unconditionally and is always happy to see me, no matter what may be going on in my life. This brings great comfort, joy, and peace. When I am feeling blue, quality time with my cat is always a good strategy to start to lift my spirits.
My cat is older than my girls, he is part of my family (as are our other two cats). In fact, my girls will often say that they have three furry siblings – and they MEAN it! They really see our cats as part of their extended family and they love to love the felines as much as my partner and I do.
I think that pets do more than shower us in their affection, they also afford children the wonderful opportunity to learn what it is like to help care for a living thing. My girls help feed and clean up after our cats and it has been a very good lesson for both of them. They love the cats and they understand that helping to care for them is a way to give back love to the animals that love them so much. I always thought that if reincarnation was a reality, I would want to reincarnate as a cat lovers cat – what heaven it must be to live like a king or queen in the midst of a family that appreciates the value of a wonderful pet.
Today, 352 days ’til 40, I honor all of those pets out there whose presence make our lives richer. As I head to 40 I will remind myself not to take their love for granted – their unconditional love is a priceless gift.