I have always been a cat person, even if I love corgis, huskies, and dachshunds. However, I never really had an indoor companion animal growing up since my mom has asthma.
Thank God I live in my own apartment now.
Lately, I’ve adopted three domestic short hair kittens: two off the street, and one from another cat lover. Their names are Ampy (approx. near 5 months old), Tiger (approx. 3 months old), and Meema (approx. 2 months old). You can find pictures of them on my Public Facebook Page and Instagram.
It’s only been a couple of months since I picked up Ampy from the streets, but I learned so many things about cats in general, as well as living with cats and the “cat lady” lifestyle.
CATS LIKE TO OGLE AT YOU WHILE YOU PEE OR POO
I usually leave my kitties alone to do their business, but ever since I got the litter, my bathroom privacy has been compromised.
Picture this: I’m sitting on the throne, half-asleep, doing my business, while Ampy or Tiger come closer to me and meow for cuddle. I muster the strength to pick them both up and cradle them like they’re babies. Note that Ampy is almost 2.5kg while Tiger is 1kg. I’m carrying 3.5kg of feline cuteness while trying to reach for the tissue paper.
This behavior is quite explainable though. And it’s not because they’re attention-seeking critters. There are many reasons. Cats at any age are curious, and they’re curious what you’re doing in the bathroom. Do not bother closing the door on them as they’ll just meow and meow until you do open the door.
Even if you’re really sleepy, fight off the Sandman for a few minutes to bond with your cats. If you’re someone who works all day and sleeps all night, you could welcome this pee time as a socialization session with your cats. They’ll want to keep you company until you stand up.
Trust me; you do get used to it after a week.
THEY WILL GET USED TO YOUR SLEEPING SCHEDULE
I’m not sure if this is a fact, or other cat parents have noticed this. But my kittens have learned to sleep when we sleep at night (which is between 11:30PM-7:30AM). They do wake up for a while, but only to drink. They never bother my husband and me when we sleep most of the time.
What could be the reason? I don’t know. My theory is that because they play so much during the day (my husband works from home and plays with the cats when he doesn’t have much to do), they eat a lot at night and sleep when everything is calm.
Cats in general do sleep when their environment is calm and relaxed. So when we hit the sack, the three musketeers sleep away, too.
NB: We don’t allow our cats to sleep on our beds for sanitary and health purposes. The cats sleep near the bathroom where they can comfortably go to their litter box anytime they need to.
MY CATS TAUGHT ME HOW TO BUDGET
I lost one kitten a month ago because I didn’t have the budget to bring her to the vet. She was barely two months old. Since then, when a cat needs additional vitamins, or when it’s time for their vaccination or deworming schedule, I create a budget around their health.
That is a situation I see in many cat owners. While their intentions are good, I feel that some owners are not totally responsible for their adoptees. They tend to say that they don’t have money to go to the vet and resort to home remedies for an illness that might be in its later stages. I hope that these good-hearted people make space in their budget for cat care. Some vets have affordable consultation fees, and often offer cheap vaccination and neutering/spaying rates for kittens.
Part of saving a kitten is taking care of her, and taking care of anyone or anything costs money. There are several ways to take care of your companion even on a budget. So I hope these people who adopt kittens do it not because the cat’s cute, but because they acknowledge and honor the life they’re taking care of.
CATS DO HAVE THEIR OWN PERSONALITIES
I’ve always wondered why cats are seen as meditative animals when their personalities in general are the complete opposite. I find them more as inquisitive, lively, and talkative creatures. And that they’re always hungry. While they don’t wear their heart on their sleeves, over time, they will communicate to you in ways only the two of you will understand.
For example: my husband left Ampy out one time because he snuck out of the apartment. It wasn’t until I came home from work that Ampy got in. Usually, this cat would greet me by climbing up my pants and asking for a quick cuddle, but he passed by and went to my husband. I went to the bathroom and as I was washing my face, I heard this:
“Meoooooowwww… MEEEOOOOOWWWWWWW… Meeeooowwww…”
I came out to see what happened and saw Ampy glaring at my laughing husband.
Apparently, Ampy already wanted to go inside, but my husband didn’t let him. When the kitty entered the apartment, he was angry at him and had a meowing fit. That’s a first! Cat’s got spunk.
CATS ARE LOVE IN ACTION
Ever since adopting my three fur babies, I’ve come to realize that they are not pets at all. They’re not something to show off to other people. They aren’t trophies or playthings that you can throw away when you get bored. Animal companions (and my husband) are teaching me that love is an action, and it is always in action.
Of course, the love I give to my cats is of a much, much lower level than what I give to my husband, and what I receive from them is different from the love I receive from my husband. But cats give off this warmth that seems to heal the mind and soul.
I’m not talking about the healing power of purrs. I’m talking about the energy that they give is full of love. They have so many ways to show they appreciate you, from nose-to-nose kisses, to bunting, from running towards you and greeting you when you come home, to playing with its tail around your presence. They tell you that you are comfortable to be with, and that you are good, and that you are in a safe place. They tell you that you are wanted, and you matter.
So adopt a cat today and feel the love, from the bathroom to the bedroom. Cats rule.
* Adopting an animal companion saves lives-both the animal’s and your own. CARA Philippines and PAWS (Philippine Animal Welfare Society) have regular adopting events for both cats and dogs that can make you feel all the feels I’ve felt. Visit their websites to find out how you can adopt and be a furrent like me. If you can’t adopt for any reason, you can always donate to these organizations so that they can better take care of the strays they’ve saved.
** If you would rather adopt from a private individual, you can join the Adopt a Cat Philippines Facebook Group. There are many people who have found cats that they would like have you adopt them.