My First Pet, A Kitten Named Melissa
Cats make wonderful pets.
I don’t know how many of you remember your first pet. I never forgot mine. I got her back in 1992, she was a little calico kitten, I named Melissa. She was so cute. I loved how she would follow people around. In fact, that’s how she came to our home. My mother and sister went for a walk, and she followed them to our house. She was a stray, and quite dirty when she came through the door. So the first thing I did when we agreed to keep her was to give her a bath.
Giving a cat a bath is not easy. Yet with a little patience, and a lot of tenderness I finally got Melissa used to getting her weekly bath. The second thing I did the day we acquired Melissa was take her to the vet. The vet told me, she needed her shots and ear medicine because she had ear mites. I did as the vet told me, and Melissa was clean and happy.
She had a way of bringing joy to all of us. She was frisky, and so full of life. Thanks to her, I started to know the joys of pet ownership. Even though, dogs are very popular, I really enjoyed having a cat. Cats are very affectionate, and they are faithful, if you know how to treat your cat right.
I never forgot the first time Melissa was in heat. She was six months old, and I had no experience with the sexual habits of felines. Well let’s just say, I got a crash course. Melissa had fallen for this black tom cat. When I called her in, that day, she was acting rather strange. She made the weirdest sounds, and when I picked her up she stretched herself out like a pole. I called the vet to ask what spell my cat was under. He informed me that Melissa was in heat. It was time to take her to be spayed.
I made an appointment to have her spayed the following morning. I then had quite an interesting night. Melissa would meow to the black tom cat that was outside the house and he would meow back. This was an all night serenade. I hardly got to sleep that night, and realized why most pet owners waste no time in getting their cats spayed. I took her to the vet, and she came out of the procedure feeling very groggy. The recovery time for her was like a few weeks. Soon after, she was her frisky self again.
I went on with the joys of pet ownership, but then one day when Melissa went outside to relieve herself, she had gotten hit by a car. My mother and I rushed her to the vet, but it was too late. My precious kitten had died. I was very sad that day, I cried and cried.
I consoled myself by adopting another kitten. We named our new kitten Priscilla. Priscilla was not at all like Missy, she was shy, and very peaceful. We loved her all the same. One kitten was not enough. I adopted another kitten, we named her Cassandra. For some reason I preferred female cats. I feel they had a more docile temperament than tom cats. I had both cats for about nine years, but we moved and I couldn’t keep them, so I had to give them back to the Humane Society. I hope they found a good home for those two wonderful cats.
If you are considering getting a pet, I would recommend getting a cat. They are not very high maintenance. They only require a litter box, food and a scratching post. Like dogs you must take them to the vet from time to time for their shots. Cats are very affectionate and if you like it quite, they are very peaceful. Cats are also very clean. Of course, you may have to deal with hair balls now and then. You also need a strategy for keeping them from jumping on your kitchen counter, or scratching the furniture. I am glad, I got to enjoy having a cat. They make really awesome pets.
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