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Why I Love my Cats

Updated on January 6, 2015

How My Love For Animals Began

When I was a little girl, I hated cats. Anyone who knows me now would find that hard to believe. I was deathly allergic. We never had pets growing up and I didn't really think much about animals. Being hospitalized (not once, but twice) for scary allergic reactions, I never thought I would ever be able to have a pet. I certainly didn't understand my best friends. They would go on and on and on about their cute little furry creatures and I would just zone out. I didn't get it, because I couldn't have pets.

That all changed one day in 1997. My aunt found a kitten in her back yard. She was obviously the runt of the litter. Sickly and small, she was obviously tossed aside by her mother. That is what animals do with the weakest one. Only the strong survive, that is their instincts... and in the wild, it's very true.

My aunt could not keep the cat, so she came to my mother and asked her if she would take her. She was tiny and couldn't breathe very well. Bronchitis is what my aunt suspected. I was still young and living with my mom. When I came home she told me about the kitten. Again I didn't think much. I went down to the basement to see her. She was locked in the bathroom that we never used. My mom had put a pillow, food and a litter box in the room with her. My mom knew I was allergic so she wasn't sure if we could keep her or not.

I opened the door. The second I saw her, my heart melted. She was so small. Only six weeks old. She walked out looked up at me. Her eyes had dried up crust around them. I don't think she was able to see me well, if at all. I held her for the longest time. I loved her instantly. I named her Mia.

I told my mom I wanted to keep her. I took her to the vet and got her cleaned and the vet gave me some medicine for her. She sure did have bronchitis and she was never truly healthy after that. I took allergy meds and after a while I became somewhat immune to her.

In 2007 our beloved Mia passed away. She lived ten wonderful years. Not a long life- considering how sick she had always been- but she was loved and lived a happy life. She was my first pet. I was sad to lose her. I had already moved out years before. She started off as my cat but considering my mom was a homemaker, she loved my mom best. After I moved I got cats of my own. I'm still allergic. Some days are better than others but being around cats has made my allergies lessen over the years to the point where it's just a minor annoyance. I'm grateful for that.

I've become such an animal lover because of Mia. I have volunteered with animals, sponsored neglected animals and petitioned for humane treatment of factory farm animals. Having a pet changed me in so many ways.

Today I have two beautiful cats. Bailey who is a tabby and Ramona who is a mix of tabby and calico. They are like my children. Ramona is the oldest though she is very small. She is a girly-girl who loves cuddling and being by mommy. She's a pretty cat. I think she knows it too. She sure loves to look in the mirror and pose for my camera!!

Bailey is my little troublemaker. He is so adorable though that I have a hard time disciplining him. He loves stealing things from me. Among the things he has taken is my tub stopper (multiple times), soap, Christmas ornaments and people food. He stays up all night and wakes me up at 3am most nights by tapping my head. He's very spoiled, but that's my fault.

 

Having cats, I have learned the following:

I am not the boss. Cats rule, I am just the provider of the food and the cleaner of the litter box. Of course they love me for it.

It isn't that cats cannot be trained. It's only that they are too proud and arrogant to chase after a toy and bring it back to you. Besides, they are not trying to please you. It's up to you to please them.

Cats know they aren't allowed on the table. That's why they wait for you to leave the room, leave for work or go to bed before they attempt it.

Everything, and i mean EVERYTHING is theirs, not yours. Get used to it.

CATS ARE SOCIAL!! It is a complete myth that they are aloof and anti-social. It's just that they aren't dogs. They are independent for sure, but cats love to play and cuddle together. Of course there are exceptions. There are anti-social humans too.

Nothing is better than having a cat curl up next to you, except to have two cats curl up next to you. Especially after a bad day.

Cats will annoy you to death until they get there way. And they know exactly what to do that will make you do it! Bailey follows me around meowing and tapping me with his right paw. Ramona is a whiner. She knows I hate it. She will sit next to me and whine in her high pitched voice until I am ready to pull my hair out. They sure know how to manipulate, oh yes, but we love our kitties anyway.

xo

My Cats

Bailey (left) and Ramona (right)
Bailey (left) and Ramona (right)
This is how they fight!!
This is how they fight!!
And this is how they make up!
And this is how they make up!
My pretty Ramona, showing off as usual!
My pretty Ramona, showing off as usual!
Bailey passed out.  Must be a food hangover!! My boy loves to eat!!
Bailey passed out. Must be a food hangover!! My boy loves to eat!!

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      Nancy 5 years ago

      As a mom of 4 beautiful felines and 1 dog, I understand your deep love of animals. What a wonderful tribute you have paid to your special cats!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is a wonderful tribute to felines! The picture at the top of Mom & baby is so precious. Your cats are beautiful. I love my "Tommy Trouble" so much. He is hours of entertainment, fun to watch and play with.....and he's a little lover. Purrs so loud, I can hear him from the next room. He RULES the roost...especially with his big Canine brothers! He wormed his way into their hearts too! Love this hub

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      Barbara Turpin 5 years ago from N. California

      Yes....I do know that. My real friend 'Rags' comes to me quite often....I can hear her purr. When I take my 'bubble bath' she's in her favorite, the edge of the tub. Sniff sniff....

      She's where all our 4-legged friends go, Rainbow Bridge: til we meet again.

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      newday98033 5 years ago

      Did you know cats have souls?

      They wander out at night

      to tread in tall grass fields

      beneath a warm moon

      Below wind brushed branches

      where owls sit regally

      with burning eyes

      the cat's soul lies

      Cats cannot die

      Like all spirits they

      live where they choose

      light and free as breath

      And when they go

      it is like a whisper

      from a warm friend

      tenderly, with cherishment

      We are so fortunate

      for our friends

      who visit here

      in this lonely place

      to find the sun

      shining through the glass

      and lie in endearing repose

      reminding us, we too are souls

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      Barbara Turpin 6 years ago from N. California

      wow ~ this brought back so memories for me. While shedding a tear for Perdy, I shed some for my lost 'kids'. Six cats, 4 dogs, a duck (so much fun!), 2 parrots, a pet lamb, pet calf ~ I could go on & on ........just too hard.

      I feel your broken heart, I too know that love and that terrible hurt. Always remember ... Perdy remembers that love you had, and continues to send YOU his love.

      I'm so sorry you lost your friend, your buddy and the love he gave YOU! The pain doesn't get easier, but it does change. Remember ALL the good things.

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Cats are wonderful and definitely ours to spoil! I'm happy to have another animal lover follower on hubpages!

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      Paula 6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      amymarie....you describe "cats" in the most purrfect way! As the Mom of 2 Canine kids and 2 feline brats, I found your hub truly delightful. They should all be "spoiled,".....isn't that the whole point?? The love and loyalty they give is limitless!

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thanks for commenting Ravenblueu, I feel the same way as you do. If I were rich I would save every abandoned and abused cat and dog. I really love animals. That's so great about your mom taking in homeless animals. :)

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      RTalloni, so sad to hear you are allergic now. Claritin-d helps me a lot. I seem to be allergic certain times of the year more than others. I hope you are able to get your allergies under control. It sucks to have allergies!

      Fluffy, so glad you enjoyed reading this hub. Thank you so much for commenting.

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      ravenblueu 6 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

      I think I'm inlove with your cats, they're adorable. I have 2 cats at home too. My mom loves to pick up homeless cats in the streets lol. Once in a while you'll always find baby kittens left by their mommy in the streets. If only I am rich I'll adopt the all. Same thing with the dogs.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      There is nothing like a cat who is your friend. They teach us a lot, you are right. Primarily, their lessons are wrapped in the concept of "I love you, but I am still in charge."

      So glad you were able to become tolerant to cats. I am dealing with the opposite problem, I have become allergic to our precious friend. Maybe that will change again!

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      Fluffy77 6 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      I'm a very big cat lover too, I absolutely understand this hub. Thanks so much for sharing, you know they really do leave foot prints on our hearts too.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..when you have LUCKY CATS arriving on your hub doorstep that is a good thing - a really good thing indeed - and yes my two best friends in the entire world are Little Miss Tiffy who has attained diva status (she's the one in my picture) and Mister Gabriel a big white boy and he's deaf but gets to enjoy outside life with a leash and a body harness which he wears proudly like a suit of armor - so yes I can tell you are a beautiful person inside and out - and to borrow from Lucky Cats name - any cat in your life must be truly a 'lucky cat'

      ...great hub - great pictures - great feeling!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      This is beautiful and I LOVE it! I am so happy that you found a way to have these beautiful animals in your life. What a sweet story. I have a Mia, too. She was older and just had kittens but was abandoned...we took her and her kittens home and they are living with us and very very happy. I find many people start out not liking or not having much feelings for kitties only to find that they fall in love, just as you did. I just love cats...thank you so much for this heartwarming hub. Voted UP and AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL and like on FB Kathy aka Lucky Cats

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thank you Peggy! I'm so glad you liked my hub. Mia lived a wonderful life and live much longer than the vets predicted so my mother and I are happy knowing that. Glad to know another animal person!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have 2 cats at present that adopted us and 1 dog at the present time. You are so right about cats ruling the roost so-to-speak. They certainly make their wishes known! Nice of you to volunteer and even foster animals. Sorry for the loss of your Mia...but you and your mother obviously gave her a good home and lots of love during the time you all shared together.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I find it pretty hard to like someone that doesn't like both cats and dogs. I really do assess people by how they treat animals.

      And so, with the picture of you and the cat; I've decided that you must be a beautiful person in more than just one way :-D

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Not only the story but the pictures are great too! Cats certainly "is" the "goodloogingest" animals on this planet!

      Cheers and welcome to HubPages too!

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      Thank you Arthur!

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      arthurchappell 6 years ago from Manchester, England

      lovely cats from your description and photos - I have two myself - this is a delightful hub

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      amymarie_5 6 years ago from Chicago IL

      I'm so glad you both liked my story. Thank you for your comments & for the warm welcome! :)

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      Jennifer Theories 6 years ago from Canada

      What an awesome story you have told. I am so warmed by your honesty and your openness. Being honest about the fact that you didn't have an interest in animals but then open to changing when an opportunity (you call Mia) knocked. Thank you for opening the door to the cat world. I work in animal rescue and cats need all the advocates they can get! I understand the pain of losing connection with Mia. Obviously you provided her with a wonderful life and shared much love. Thank you for sharing this.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      If you don't have a cat, you wouldn't understand!I understand x 3. Great Hub! Welcome to hub pages Amymarie_5!