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My beloved Pet Cat

Updated on August 21, 2013

My Dear Furry Friend

My first pet I could truly call my own was a blackish grey cat by the name of "Smokey"; I was about ten years old when I first layed eyes on her for the first time. Her mother "Bandit" and her grandmother "Matches" each had a litter of kittens a couple of days apart. Smokey was one of these kittens. Their owner (my neighbor) would let me visit and play with the kittens.

Visiting the Cat Clan

I would go to my neighbor (Nancy's) house to play with the delightful little balls of fur every chance I could. Nancy was such a nice neighbor to allow me unlimited access to Smokey and the rest of the cat clan.

Born Free - Elsa

At this time I was really into the lion "Elsa" from the movie "Born Free" these kittens reminded me of miniature lions; acting and behaving so much like my beloved "Elsa" and her pride. I would leave the kittens already looking forward to the next time I would visit them. I would go home and bug my mother to let me have a kitten; begging and pleading with her but to no avail.

Picking My Kitten

My mother was not a real animal lover so this was a real hard sell trying to convince her to let me have a kitten. I knew my mum hated rodents more than cats so I pointed out that if we had a cat she would keep the mice and other vermin away. My mother finally broke down and said the magic words "Yes you can have a kitten". After I stopped jumping and screaming for joy I headed off to Nancy's to pick my kitten.

So Many Kittens

The task of choosing the pick of the litter or in this case litters; was a little more difficult than I had anticipated. With so many kittens to choose from in an assortment of lovely colors it was hard to single one out of the bunch. It took me days to try and decide which one was to be my very own special kitten.

Stealing Each Other's Kittens

Smokey's mother and grandmother would constantly steal each other's kittens each taking which they thought were the cutest kittens. One day I arrived at the house of cats to find in one cat bed Matches with all the kittens except one (Smokey). When I layed eyes on poor little Smokey all alone in the other cat bed I knew right then and there that this was my special kitten.

Stood Out in the Crowd

Compared to the other kittens she was plain looking as they were all these multi-colored kittens. In my eyes this is something else that made "Smokey" special; the fact that she stood out in the crowd I also liked that about her. Maybe in a weird way she reminded me of myself as I know there where times in my life that I felt I didn't always fit in.

Smokey - My Best Friend

As the years passed "Smokey" and I were best of friends having many hours of fun together just hanging out. She was like my little lioness, her plains being the shag rugs in the house. When the first time came for "Smokey" to become a mother of her own litter I was so thrilled that she was having kittens. I built her a cat condo with multiple levels etc.

Smokey's Midwife

When she would go into labor she would come and find me and lead me back to her bed. She would then crawl under her blanket and I would have my head under the blanket watching the great miracle of birth. Smokey ended up having 4 litters in all and I was there for each and everyone of those births; after all I was "Smokey's" personally appointed midwife.

Dedicated to the memory of my dear furry friend "Smokey"

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and thanks for sharing your cat story; it is so true though I think they have their part in choosing us as well. take care pam.

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      Pamspages 5 years ago from Virginia

      Hi Pamela Anne. What a lovely story about your cat. Cats are truly the most amazing of animals. They will steal your heart. I have two of my own (can you tell?) I had a similar experience when choosing my first cat, Pixel, at the pound. There were many cats there that day. They vied for my attention, the beautiful marmalades, the tabbies, the blacks, the whites and I was homing in on a pretty black and white kitten when I felt this little soft paw tapping on my arm insistently from a lower cage. I looked down and saw this forlorn looking cat of about 3 months maybe. She had big watery green eyes and a sort of brownish fur. She did not stand out among the other colorful cats, but I stopped looking at that moment and knew that she was mine. She had chosen me! To this day, she taps me on the nose in the morning when it's time to be fed! Thanks again for your lovely story.

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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for your lovely response Kamalesh050 much appreciated have a great day!

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      Kamalesh050 6 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

      Best Wishes,


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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for the comment james

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      james 6 years ago

      that is a story close to my heart

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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks Anne for your support it means the world to me to have you in my corner thanks for being there! Love pam

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      Anne 6 years ago

      Keep up the good work Pam

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      Pamela-anne 6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Thanks for the comment Veronica I felt blessed that she was part of my life my little lioness "Smokey" take care have a great day!

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      veronica 6 years ago

      What a wonderfull story, smokey was so lucky you picked her.

      Love Veronica