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A Cat's Unconditional Love

Updated on February 3, 2018

Loneliness can be deeply debilitating when one has never experienced unconditional love and doesn't expect love to ever come their way. This was the case for me when Chico, a purebred Persian cat, came into my life. Together we embarked on a learning adventure I never thought possible. He filled an emptiness in my heart that I had covered over and protected from possible hurt and further damage.

He was 3 years old when I brought him home from the shelter where he had been left by an owner who could no longer keep him. His life as a show cat won him several first-place awards for his beauty and poise. It took about a year before we became inseparably bonded and he was elevated to human-status. He was the strong silent type who was totally aware of my every mood and movement. It was so inviting to be greeted at the door each time I returned home. He loved to play fetch with paper balls, go for walks on a leash in the neighborhood, or simply follow me from room to room and make sure I never felt alone.

He was a great protector, emulating the role of a guard-dog. We lived in a basement suite in the country and each time someone came to visit, he would first greet them at the door to make sure they were allowed to enter. Or, if the door was open would stand between us until I gave him notice to move. One time, in a different apartment, the fire alarm went off while I was asleep and I didn't wake up. He jumped on the bed and pawed at my head until I did, making sure we made it out safely. He was such a faithful companion.

Chico
Chico

It was through Chico's constant love that I gradually opened my heart to more fully experience love from God and people. God used Chico's devotion to teach me that love could be faithful and unconditional. It took a cat to break down the strong wall which had protected me all those years. My heart awakened and I began to trust and develop close friendships. While home was still my safe haven, I could let others into my life and allowed healing to begin.

Chico was my companion for 12 wonderful years. It was one of the saddest days of my life when his kidneys failed and I had to put him down. I remember with gratefulness what he taught me all those years ago. It aroused a desire in me for a deeper experience of this new-found acceptance and affirmation.

This greater blessing came into my life a few years later when I met the love of my life. This man challenged my fragile belief that love was never meant for me. He became my safe place, where I could be true to myself and allow the hidden aspirations of my heart to emerge. It amazes me how God took a fragile, hidden heart and brought it to a place where it could open wide to the love of another human being (my husband.) Loneliness is part of being human, but I am so very thankful that I am no longer alone and can freely share my life with another.

© 2010 Flo Belanger

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      Flo Belanger 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Scribenet...Pets can also teach us so much about ourselves in their behaviors. I know that I have gained insight into myself as my pets reflect my own patterns. I have learned to be more patient with them and with myself. Thanks for coming by.

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Pets certainly provide unconditional love. So true about them coming to greet you when you come home. They really earn their keep by loving us.

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      writinginalaska...thanks for stopping by! A pet like that can really make a difference in your life, that's for sure. I've found that they're one-of-a-kind though and each one has its own unique attributes :)

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      writinginalaska 7 years ago from southeast Alaska

      very nice Flo, reminds me of my cat named Bishop. i had him for 19 and half years before he passed on. My constant companion he was. Very cool black and white long hair. Your story is a good one too. very nicely done lvh

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      prairieprincess...your words come from a true cat lover! Nice to meet someone who appreciates them like I do :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Flobe, this post made me cry! Wow, that is so beautiful ... and I know exactly what you mean about cats ... they are so pure and loving. My Grandma says it's because they weren't tainted by the fall (in Genesis). They are still innocent.

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Quill, I do feel very blessed to have come into love at this stage in life and don't take it for granted. Thanks for your prayers and blessings on you as well.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Morning again FloBe and a wonderful story of a cat named Chico, thank You Father for the pets you place into our lives who can teach us.

      Thankful you have found love, blessing upon Powerful Pierre for reaching out and giving as he has and prayers over your marriage. The Father always has plans for His children and His plan has been set in place for you.

      Hugs and blessings to you both.

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, Peggy, for your comment. Nice to meet another pet lover! Thanks for the well-wishes as well :)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Our dogs and cats have all been wonderful and loving companions. I do think that they are lovely creatures from God and we can do much to learn from them. They are non-judgemental...always happy to see us...and exude love. So happy that you found the man in your life and wishing you many happy years ahead. Sorry for the loss of your Chico who warmed your heart and soul.

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Cindyvine, I've got a friend who is afraid of cats and who do the cats go to? her! :) I never did understand that.

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      Powerful Pierre 7 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Honey just reading the ads is "CATonic"

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Cats always love me and want to sit on me and I'm so allergic to them!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      Cats can be choosy about who they connect with, but once they do it's for life! Welcome to Hub Pages. :)

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      thanks!

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Nice looking cat. Welcome to HubPages! :)

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