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Cats as pets

If you had told me ten years ago that I’d be the owner mum of two cats in the future, I would have laughed out loud. It’s because I have always been a dog person. I even knew the kind of dog I wanted as a pet — Jack Russell or Mini Foxie {or a cross} or a Beagle.

Growing up, my parents weren’t fans of having a pet. I put it down to their OCD of needing the house to be perfect. Anyway, back then, I befriended all the stray dogs on our street. And there were a fair few. I remember once trying to sneak a puppy as a pet where a few friends and I took this stray puppy and placed him {or her?} in the unoccupied balcony on the ground floor in our building. He remained our pet for a couple of days before adults found out and we had to let him free. I vowed at the time that when I had a place of my own, I would have a pet.

In 2009, I finally did have a place of my own. But I wasn’t in a position to have a pet. I tried having a fish. But he didn’t last too long. Finally, in 2011, I decided I would get a cat. Why a cat when I was a dog person? Well, living in a unit meant it’d be harder for me to get permission to keep a dog. Plus, I thought it would unfair for a dog to be inside a unit. I had started warming up to cats a teeny bit after receiving some affection from a friend’s cat.

I looked online and found a vet advertising rescue kittens for adoption. By the time I went to see the litter, there were only two kittens left. One was a quiet timid one. The other — the whinger according to the staff — was a lot more playful and swatted my hair, purred in my arms and tried to nibble my fingers. I was smitten. And that’s how I welcomed Pebbles.

She was delightful and I had no idea how much fun a cat could be! I fell in love with her as I watched her crazy antics and her clinginess and affection. And yes, she was a whinger all right. About 4 to 5 months later, I started feeling guilty that I left her home alone all day while I was at work. I figured she’d like a companion.

That’s how I decided on getting a second cat. I visited a rescue in Sutherland that had more than 20 cats to choose from! How in the world are you supposed to choose?! Anyway, this one kitten of 16 weeks was a purr-ball. He purred constantly and there was something really sweet about his face. Eventually, I decided on him even though my heart was torn.

Along came Buttons and unfortunately, he and Pebbles didn’t really get along initially leading to a lot of stress on my part. Fortunately, just as I was thinking of adopting Buttons out, they began to get along or at least tolerate one another which was a huge relief for me.

They are both now 3 years old and not a day goes by when they don’t amuse me in some way. Buttons is supremely affectionate and a real sook and gets along well with everyone. He thinks he’s a dog sometimes and loves having his belly scratched. He is a smoochy boy and loves to cuddle up in bed at night. Pebbles on the other hand, is a mummy’s girl. She is wary of strangers and can be highly anxious. But she is very affectionate towards me. She loves stealing my food and playing fetch. I reckon she is the more intelligent of the two and unlike Buttons, responds to her name. They both seemed to have missed me heaps when I was away earlier this year and were very clingy when I got home.

Pebbles

 

Buttons

I cannot imagine what my life would be like without either of them. They helped me get over my past relationship and kept me company during stressful times in my life. Somehow, they seem to know when I am feeling off and need a cuddle. Since having my cats, I have also found that most cats are affectionate. I will always check out the RSPCA cats at my local Petbarn and spend time playing with them and wishing I could adopt more. I have moved over and become a cat-person {though I still love dogs!}

Ten years ago I never thought I’d have cats as pets.

Now I can’t see my life any other way.

What pets do you have? How have they impacted on your life?

Do share!

***Linking up with Tegan over at The Lounge today and Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • nabanita
    19 February 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Ahh I don’t have pets…I guess you could say I have OCD of having the house perfect at all times, which actually is not ever due to S…But I have seen my best friend with pets…she loves cats and dogs and almost every other animal out there…I have seen how much she is connected to them…At some level I understand I guess
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 February 2015 at 6:28 pm

      You’ll be surprised at how laid back you become about cleanliness once you have pets Naba…I know I did! 🙂

  • nabanita
    19 February 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Ahh I don’t have pets…I guess you could say I have OCD of having the house perfect at all times, which actually is not ever due to S…But I have seen my best friend with pets…she loves cats and dogs and almost every other animal out there…I have seen how much she is connected to them…At some level I understand I guess
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    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      20 February 2015 at 6:28 pm

      You’ll be surprised at how laid back you become about cleanliness once you have pets Naba…I know I did! 🙂

  • Aditi
    19 February 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Aww…loved the back stories of how you became mum to Pebbles and Burtons! They are adorable! 🙂
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  • Aditi
    19 February 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Aww…loved the back stories of how you became mum to Pebbles and Burtons! They are adorable! 🙂
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  • Rajlakshmi
    20 February 2015 at 12:50 am

    they are a wonderball of cuteness and you understand them so well 😀 It’s amazing to live with pets. I am still a dog person though 🙂
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  • Rajlakshmi
    20 February 2015 at 12:50 am

    they are a wonderball of cuteness and you understand them so well 😀 It’s amazing to live with pets. I am still a dog person though 🙂
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    20 February 2015 at 7:29 am

    We had two cats and lost one just a few months ago. Absolutely broke my heart. He was very ill and passed at home while I slept after a night shift and my husband found him. My other boy has finally stopped fretting but he’s always close by. Love my fur kids.
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    20 February 2015 at 7:29 am

    We had two cats and lost one just a few months ago. Absolutely broke my heart. He was very ill and passed at home while I slept after a night shift and my husband found him. My other boy has finally stopped fretting but he’s always close by. Love my fur kids.
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    20 February 2015 at 7:30 am

    And by the way, your kitties are absolutely adorable!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    20 February 2015 at 7:30 am

    And by the way, your kitties are absolutely adorable!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    20 February 2015 at 1:09 pm

    As you know I adore kitties too. We had some sad news this week – Miss Fleur’s brother passed away suddenly even though they are only 18 months old. We very nearly adopted him too when we got Fleur so I am kinda glad we didn’t; I would have been devastated – even so we are still terribly sad. Seems he had a heart defect from birth and his poor old heart just gave out. The adoption agency is a bit concerned because the kitties were given complete vet checks twice in the first 12 months of life before they were adopted so why wasn’t it picked up then?! We are a bit worried about Miss Fleur now but she does seem full of beans and health. Her brother was always a very sleepy laid back fellow and now we know why :-(. Needless to say we will be getting Fleur checked out.

    Now Miss 18 has moved out I send her a text every day with a photo of Fleur’s latest antics, she loves her daily Fleur updates! 😉
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    20 February 2015 at 1:09 pm

    As you know I adore kitties too. We had some sad news this week – Miss Fleur’s brother passed away suddenly even though they are only 18 months old. We very nearly adopted him too when we got Fleur so I am kinda glad we didn’t; I would have been devastated – even so we are still terribly sad. Seems he had a heart defect from birth and his poor old heart just gave out. The adoption agency is a bit concerned because the kitties were given complete vet checks twice in the first 12 months of life before they were adopted so why wasn’t it picked up then?! We are a bit worried about Miss Fleur now but she does seem full of beans and health. Her brother was always a very sleepy laid back fellow and now we know why :-(. Needless to say we will be getting Fleur checked out.

    Now Miss 18 has moved out I send her a text every day with a photo of Fleur’s latest antics, she loves her daily Fleur updates! 😉
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    20 February 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I got a beautiful dog for my 40th birthday 18mths ago and he has been wonderful for our family. He is patient with all the kids, loves playing but also loves to chill … animals and kids are a great match.
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  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    20 February 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I got a beautiful dog for my 40th birthday 18mths ago and he has been wonderful for our family. He is patient with all the kids, loves playing but also loves to chill … animals and kids are a great match.
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  • dani @ sand has no home
    20 February 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Ah, Pebbles and Buttons are delightul:) My kitty, Kiku died 2 years ago, and this is a bad street for cats.
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  • dani @ sand has no home
    20 February 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Ah, Pebbles and Buttons are delightul:) My kitty, Kiku died 2 years ago, and this is a bad street for cats.
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  • elly stornebrink
    21 February 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Love the sharing of your story and the photos of your two beloved cats Sanch. They both look adorable! 🙂 My story is opposite yours. I grew up with at least one cat as we were growing up – love them – and now, since I moved to a place that has a golden lab (my favourite dog as they are so friendly, warm, and affectionate), she has helped me to open up to dogs, that is, to like dogs more. Go figure! 😉 <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    21 February 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Love the sharing of your story and the photos of your two beloved cats Sanch. They both look adorable! 🙂 My story is opposite yours. I grew up with at least one cat as we were growing up – love them – and now, since I moved to a place that has a golden lab (my favourite dog as they are so friendly, warm, and affectionate), she has helped me to open up to dogs, that is, to like dogs more. Go figure! 😉 <3
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  • Barbara Radisavljevic
    23 February 2015 at 2:14 pm

    We don’t have room for pets in our current home, but we spend a lot of time with our neighbor’s cats whose mobile home is on our property right across the driveway from us. They spend more time at our house than at home. All our tenants who have lived there have had cats, and we actually did keep a few of them that were left behind as outdoor cats, which they had already been. When ever a tenant moves, I miss their cats if they take them. Our current tenants have three cats and two dogs. Your kitties look adorable.
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    We don’t have room for pets in our current home, but we spend a lot of time with our neighbor’s cats whose mobile home is on our property right across the driveway from us. They spend more time at our house than at home. All our tenants who have lived there have had cats, and we actually did keep a few of them that were left behind as outdoor cats, which they had already been. When ever a tenant moves, I miss their cats if they take them. Our current tenants have three cats and two dogs. Your kitties look adorable.
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