Sunday 1 April 2012
How a cat is changing my life
This is Pushkins.
She has been hanging around where we live for a few months now, in the garden but never really venturing close enough.
Two weeks ago she started making more visits and allowing us to stroke her. We gave her the odd bit of food and water to drink, then she started being a bit more adventorous and choosing to sit on our laps. She was well cared for, shiny, clean fur that didn't leave a greasy residue on your hands after stroking her and no 'cat' smell.
So we started feediwg her, I've advertised on the boards and at at the front and back gate with my phone number but no one has been to claim here, so I guess she's staying.
I'm not an animal person, we had cats and dogs when I was a child, I've owned fish and a few birds over the years and the kids have had hamsters, but that's been it and these pets have mainly been because 'everyone else has them'
When we moved to South Africa we looked at getting a dog, as I wasn't working and I'd have time to look after one properly, and after many visits to the rescue centre we gave up 'What about going on holiday, who will look after it?' and besides we never actually found the right one.
But we've found this cat, or rather she's found us.
She spends her days snuggled up on my lap, she follows me around from room to room, she is always waiting for me when I come home and wake up in the morning, she sleeps in the house with a window open so she can come and go at night, she cries for me if I'm in the bathroom or I go out. Hubby and the kids enjoy having her around, they say I am calmer, more relaxed, chilled out.
She provides me with some company. I'm dreading someone coming to claim her, I'm worried about going away for 4 days this week (have arranged a friend to come and feed her) and I know when we move to the other side of the estate I'll be back up here everyday to fetch her, until she settles.
She has given me something to do with my day even if it is stopping her from getting up on the bed with me and interferring with my lap top as I type.