For those of you who don't know, we got Le Pusse as a test run cat. The kitty ophanarium, i.e. Save A Dog Scheme (SADS), is chock a block full of cats that have been surrendered or found and the kindest group of people look after the cats; volunteers and staffers alike. On our first visit a kind hearted man introduced us to all the cats. We agreed, since our lives were so up in the air, and were especially airborne at the time of kitty contact, just helping out would be great.
You see, some kitties need a bit of TLC. They have been on the streets too long and have lost that part of their heart that is human. Other kitties, lets face it, have been harmed by humans and want nothing to do with us anymore. Fair enough, we can be a nasty breed. So the foster care program gets kitties out of the cages and into homes where they can learn to purr at the touch of a hand and shed all over your black clothes. Hubby and I felt up to the task. Not only do we love cats but we love challenging cats. Our cat, Marmalade, was once affixed with a cardboard label on his second only trip to the vet: CAUTION! WILL BITE!
I was worried she wouldn't fill the kitty boots before her.
We loved Marmalade.
We loved Ollie.
We loved Lumpy.
Great cats had come before her. Would she fit in with us?
It was the best $70 we ever spent! Le Pusse is de-sexed, micro-chipped and tattooed. She eats the finest French kibble and has the most luxurious soft blankets to kneed and cuddle. She gets a brushing every day. You might say she is spoiled. But I get so much more.
I get a cat that sleeps on my legs and a cat who chirps at me in the morning until I put ice cubes in her water mug. I get a cat that runs laps in our apartment and plays with a furry toy mouse. I get unconditional affection and the best little pal a person could ask for. She sits on my fabrics when I sew, she watches me when I make coffee.
I watch as she gets trapped in the winter sunbeams that warm her belly and our chilly apartment. I see her abdomen heave with satisfaction as she spontaneously erupts into self-soothing purrs. She doesn’t do much, and she doesn’t have to. She may be lazy but she is wasting time with us now. And isn’t that the best thing in life? To surround yourself with people and pets you love wasting time with?
So, if you are thinking about getting a pet, do us all a favour and go to your local adoption centre. There are so many great pets out there that could benefit from a little TLC.
Time wasted to date with Le Pusse: One year and counting!