Getting My Cat Helped Me Feel Like I Mattered

Getting My Cat Helped Me Feel Like I Mattered

Pets are forever friends, and thus family members.

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Let me just start this with the fact that, I really love my cat and this is honestly just an article dedicated to her. I'm not even ashamed, if you see the picture of her you can understand why she is my sweet angel child.

I got my cat, Kali, during October of last year. Just a couple weeks shy of a full six months with my girlie, and it has completely changed my entire life.

I wasn't sure at first if I was even going to take in this tiny cat who needed a home and so much more than I could probably give, plus my apartment complex at the time did not accept animals. But being the inevitable rule breaker I am, I brought the tiny bean home with me.

I was at a work meeting with my friend, and there was this sweet, tiny, scrappy looking kitten in the office. I was so surprised because I had never seen anyone bring even their dog into the office so I knew the cat was a stretch, but my boss had explained that one of her friends found the cat hiding in a tree.

I kept playing with her casually as we went about the meeting, keeping an eye on where she went and what she was doing. Eventually, she got into my boss' Chinese food and that's when the meeting abruptly ended and I decided why not go ahead and take this squirmy little feline home with me for the night, despite not even knowing what she was gonna be like or if she was clean.

Which she wasn't, I blame the tree. She desperately needed a bath, and she was starving. I went into the store with intentions of getting this cat enough food 'till the next day, then I would text my friend, Kate, who has a farm and this little kitty could go there. But after I gave her that first initial bath, she snuggled right into my lap.

I began to cry because it just felt so nice to have affection from a little furry nugget again.

I'm almost positive I began begging my mom for a dog directly when I came out of the womb. When I was around five, my mom finally convinced our landlord to let me get a dog. Sixteen years later, and we have always had a dog in the house. So moving out for me was really difficult because I was not only leaving behind my family of real humans but my furry family was gone, too.

Freshman year it was easy to replace that pain with the lingering pain of a hangover from too much grape juice mixed with Malibu, (disgusting) and that changed into wine my sophomore year.

I didn't want to become an alcoholic but I was definitely filling a void, I even got a fish during my sophomore year. Her name was Hydra and she was great, but I know now it isn't comparable whatsoever.

The feeling of being able to have my cat climb into my lap, and purr at me with happiness is one of the best feelings. To know I have the complete trust of an animal who was literally stuck in a tree with no home, it is a feeling that I am so grateful for.

I know in my heart that it is one of the best things for me, to be able to love this little kitten and see her grow every day into a mature adult cat, it gives me so much hope and positive feelings.

I think being a pet owner taught me to truly be more responsible because I needed to know how to properly care for Kali in order for her to survive.

When she went into the vet to get spayed, they actually found out that she had a dire kidney infection and that if it had been left any longer it would have continued to spread and eventually caused my cat to pass away.

Which, honestly... seems pretty fair since she was a feral cat until the 23rd of October, but, I still was so incredibly blessed that the amazing team at the vet caught the infection when they did.

Because I don't know what I would do without waking up to my cat meowing at me for food at seven in the morning, only to eat a couple of bites and decide that it is time to cuddle.

Or, how I could ever even walk through my front door without hearing her sweet meow loud and proud from somewhere in the living room. She has completely changed my world for the better and I could not be happier.

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Being a cat owner can be stressful, but in the end, I wouldn't trade it for the world.

1. Unlike a dog, you can leave them alone for about a week.

All you need to do is leave out a self-feeder with enough food and water in it, and you're all set for about a week! Don't forget to leave toys out, though. Otherwise, your feline friend will destroy about everything you own and cherish.

2. They always land on their feet.

To be quite honest I don't plan on testing this theory... but my cat did fall off the bed last night and landed on her feet whereas I would've landed on my face. Cool? Yes. Completely true? Maybe.

3. They typically reflect your attitude.

This truly applies if you've ever raised a kitten. They learn your mannerisms and characteristics and then begin to act similarly (not ideal if you have an attitude problem like me because my cat always tries to make me mad).

4. They don't always use their scratching post.

You could dump 20 lbs of catnip on that thing, but your little kitty will still find that $100 pillow and tear it apart.

5. Hairballs are the worst things ever. 

Seriously they are like something straight out of a horror film. Nothing like it may show on television, it's not just some hair coming out it's like regular vomit. Will make you consider owning a dog instead.

6. Clothes for small dogs will probably fit them.

Do with this information what you will, but it's true. Depending on how big your cat is, of course, but most dog outfits will double as clothes for your cat. You're welcome.

7. They're a nightmare during Christmas szn.

Wrapping paper, bows, shiny AND fluffy things... need I say more?

8. They are literally so soft.

Having a healthy and well-groomed kitty is literally like owning a pet cloud. They are so soft it'll make you forget about all those pillows they just destroyed.

9. They are SUPER low-maintenance, most of the time.

Cats can be so low-maintenance that sometimes you may forget you own one. Unless the cat wants something, they will sleep in the same room as you and just leave you be, until you whip out your laptop and the keyboard instantly becomes their new bed.

10. They are adorable.

Just Google image kitten paws. Trust me.

11. If they like you, you're basically the human equivalent of perfection. 

For a cat to truly tolerate you could take quite some time, but the minute they willingly decide to let you pet them is probably going to be the best day of your life.

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20 Things I Have Learned As A New Cat Mom

Once you get a cat, your life will never be the same.

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I thought I knew what it would be like to have a cat of my own, but I didn't know the half of it. My cat surprises me every day and I couldn't be more than thankful that I found him, even though he is a handful. This is what I have learned on my cat mom journey so far.

1. They will wake up as soon as the sun rises and they want you up too. 

2. Once you give them wet cat food they will beg for it everyday around the same time.

3. Your room forever smells like kitty litter now. Accept it. 

4. Keep a candle by the litter box for when they drop #2. 

5. They will be just as fascinated with a cardboard box or paper bag than with an expensive toy. 

6. Hide anything in your room that looks even a little like a toy or it will be played with. 

7. Keep plants protected or they will be eaten or destroyed. 

8. Your days of peeing alone are over. 

9. Don't move under the blankets (Especially your feet) or you will be attacked. 

10. Any food or water left out will be tasted by them. 

11. Anything can be a toy if you try hard enough. 

12. Cats won't automatically love you like dogs. You have to work for it. 

13. "My food bowl is empty!" *Food lines the bottom of the bowl*

14. They don't like when you're too clingy. Let them come to you. 

15. Get scratching posts so they don't ruin furniture. 

16. They will always win the staring contest. 

17. They are very nocturnal. 

18. You will have scratches all over your arms. 

19. Expect them to chirp back at birds through the window. 

20. You will never love anything more in your life. 

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