Well, after years of contemplating getting an animal to fill our home with the essence of another life and more love and joy etc….We got ourselves a Cat! Now…of course, “she” doesn’t think she is a “cat”! She has brought so much more joy, love, life and fun into our home …more than I could have ever imagined! We‘ve had “Luna” for about a month now. She is a rescued, 2 1/2 year old pure white domestic short hair female Cat, with the most beautiful emerald green eyes you’ve ever seen! She “talks”with her eyes and she “Meeps” with her voice! Really….when she wants my attention, she says “Meep”….”Meep”…it’s so cute.
She is the essence of elegance and cleanliness in a feline! She is so purely white and so full of personality! She loves to play like a kitten! As soon as one of us picks up her favorite toy (a rod with a string on it and at the end of a string is a feathery/mousey thing), she starts acting like what I call “the crouching tiger”….she jumps and jaunts and hops up and down! She does her “morning calesthenics” by running and jumping through the stairways of the 2 story house that we live in together. She’ll stare at the upper stairs, crouch down and JUMP up, running up and down and up and down! It’s really hysterical to watch! She makes me laugh! She sits on the top of my large jewelry box and looks out of my window patiently until I want to get up in the mornings! Sometimes, if I’m not quick enough for her, in getting up in the mornings, she’ll come down and lay by my side and purr like an large engine or something of that sort. She will lay there and purr and let me pet her and she even “pets me”! Yes…she will lick my hand or rub her face on my hand to get me to pet her there or more! She even comes up to my face and puts her cute little pink, wet nose on my nose and I just swear it’s like she’s giving me a little “kiss”.
Lu-Lu, or Luna….or Luna Tuna…or Luna-“tic”, as my husband likes to call her…is or has become a great joy in our life of dealing with my chronic pain, loss, health issues and PTSD. I truly believe in the idea that animals can lower our blood pressure or give us a healthier life or at least a more positive outlook on our life, if it is difficult. I recently, had heart surgery and was worried because she’s still pretty “new” to us and how she may react towards me. I didn’t want her to “hurt” me by accident or something. She’s just been her loveable yet, soft and elegant self! She’s definitely NOT a “needy” cat either! She likes to sleep and run around by herself with her “ball” or her little “mouse toy”. She adores basking in the sun of the big glass sliding door and jump up on the box seat cushion of the bay window and watch the rain droplets, snowflakes or tiny creatures hopping about.
I’m so glad that I waited for the right animal. I didn’t jump into anything. My friends have teased me for years because I always said that I wanted an animal, but never actually could get one that we could keep, or that worked out with our family living style. I had a dog once, that I loved so much. His name was “Kato” and he was my BFF! I loved that dog like a baby! In fact, I carried him around in a little winter knit hat, when he was a baby! He ran to the door to greet me and he loved me like I loved him. Until the day came at less that one year old, when he had to be “put down” because of the pain of a joint disease. I was mortified and something “died” inside of me that day! I had to do it alone..I mean…take him and leave him there. I cried for 3 days straight…in my bed! It was so sad, that I just never felt like I wanted to go through that loss again. I think that is what held me back for so many years. That, and the fact that I had 2 kids in the house and sometimes many more than that, when friends and my stepkids came over! We had alot of excitement and movement and things to do every day. We were a busy family! Then one by one, the children grew up and left and the house felt “empty”.
I was sad for awhile, but now I’m learning to embrace my new life with my husband of 16 years! We never had that time to ourselves “before kids”, because we both had 2 kids when we met, though his were much older! We didn’t have that “honeymoon” period and now with me having Chronic Pain, RSD/CRPS and heart issues such as a pacemaker/Atrial fibrillation/Sick Sinus Syndrome/Long QT/ and having Dysautonomia/POTS/NCS and more…it just seems like we always had too much going on to settle down and just “be”!
So now I’m not so sad….I still miss my kids at home. We see our youngest much of the time and she is our little “mothering daughter”. She worries and dotes and gives so much love to us! She got a cat who is 4 years old, and her name is “Sutton”. Sutton is totally black with big round green eyes and she is Miss Personality of her own!
Sutton “talks” in her own language by a slight growling sound and she “howls” at the cieling near the kitchen counter for some reason? Sutton sits on my lap for an hour at a time when I’m over at my daughters house! I just love that Cat! She lets you do whatever you wish, pretty much…within limits of course! She let my daughter put a “Santa hat” on her at Christmas time and take pictures of her that way! She lets my daughter kiss her forehead and take a picture of it until it is “just right!
Luna, on the other hand is a bit persnickity and would never let me put anything on her head! She doesn’t like to be picked up except when she’s very very tired and until she realizes it and then she jumps down! So far, she doesn’t like to sit on anyone’s lap or be too snuggly with anyone for long. But she loves me and I love her. I love the wet nose kisses and the pushing of her head into my hands and I can feel the love she has for me.
My husband was never a “cat” person. He was very allergic and still is, really! Luna has won him over and he takes an allergy pill each day, just like I do (and I do an inhaler too!). It’s just so “worth it” to do this little inconvenience to have so much fun and joy and love in our home! It’s so great to have a warm body there with me when nobody else is home, too. We wipe her weekly with these “pet bath wipes” to get about 85% of the allergens off of her; and it seems to be helping quite a bit! That and brushing her daily, helps with the hair and the dander in the air! I love also to give her her “nummy nums” and watch her get so excited and pace back and forth between my legs until I put the soft food down for her! She will NOT eat any treats! I’ve tried six different kinds! She took tuna from my hand the other day and she’ll eat soft food like crazy. She eats her regular hard food daily, too.
The life she had before she came to us must have been horrible for her. They said that she was in a “hoarder’s house”. There was litigation going on for months so she was put into “foster care” for 6 months time. Those people went to jail for neglecting their many animals! I don’t know to what extent, but I do know that she has “night terrors”. She cries like a little baby ! It’s the strangest sound, until I get up and go to her and wake her up and she licks me and knows it’s now going to all be O.K.!!
|Amy and Sutton|
|Craig and Luna|
|our kitty and Us!|
|Sutton at the “surprise party”…just lovin’ those balloons!|
|Luna looking out my bedroom window|
|where she likes to sleep…|
|something I never thought I’d see…my Hubby playing with a Cat!! LOL!**OUR CAT!|