I love animals and in particular cats. Why out of so many wonderful animals in this world? Well because I have 2 beautiful girls whom I love very much. The pic above is Miesha on the left and Lilly on the right.
I remember when I was about 5 years old a lot of our neighbours had cats. At my parents house we didn’t have cats or dogs the most my sister and I had through our years growing up was a rat, a hamster and a stolen kitten named Elvis. He managed to live with us for about 24 hours before our parents heard him meowing from under my sister’s bed and we had to give him back to our neighbour. I am not going to tell you which one out of my sister or I stole the kitten in fear of prosecution. I’d just like to say I am a good girl…honest.
Another of our next door neighbour’s cat was Sooty. He would always venture into our house early every morning, meow at my bedroom door and would not stop until I would get up to open it to let him in. I would get straight back into bed and he would join me and curl up for a snooze. So I guess my sister and I didn’t need to have our own cat or dog we just shared our love of animals with the neighbour’s pets instead.
A many few years later my partner and I heard a farm nearby was looking to “distribute for free” kittens to a good home that he had on his land. So we made a quick dash to the farm to hopefully bring home a bundle of fur. The kittens were probably about 8 weeks old and already up to no good and playing about. We went to the farm with rescuing one in mind but couldn’t help ourselves and we came back with two, a brother and a sister. Of course I wanted to take them all home but two was all that we could manage.
Tiger and Lilly made themselves at home and settled in quickly. Lilly with her white socks and Tiger with his black boots. Not that I’m into dressing up animals this is just the colour of their feet, sorry paws. I have this habit of humanising animals which can get annoying to some but I cannot help myself. Tiger and Lilly would sleep, eat and play together all of the time. Lilly is independent and caring and Tiger loved cuddles and attention.
We have had heartache and appear to not have had much luck with our boy cats, Tiger sadly passed away just after his 1st birthday, so a few months later we went to a rescue centre and adopted another boy named Tyrone. He was black and white and so talkative, I could definitely hold a conversation with him. Yes I am a mad cat lady. Unfortunately more heartache came as Tyrone was killed only a few months after adopting him.
I am happy to say Lilly is still with us and will be celebrating her 13th birthday this year and after having been on her own for quite some time, we did it again and now have a little sister for her to play with, named Miesha who will be 1 this year. For not being siblings they get on very well with each other. They have chosen their own space but play together and will even share each other’s food and water bowls which I find fascinating.
Big or small, cats have similar traits but have their own individuality and characters which I love seeing close up or watching big cats in the wild on TV. They are resourceful, playful and loving. Cats are just one of the many beautiful creatures that share this planet with us and I am very grateful for this.