Monday, August 8, 2011

World Cat Day

Hi, it's the mama here.  Athena and Kit have graciously agreed to let me take over the blog for World Cat Day.  I am happy to have the chance to talk about the difference they have made in my life!


I grew up with cats.  In fact, the first word I ever spoke was cat.  I adore cats and couldn't wait to get my own.  I adopted one of my parents' cats, Evinrude, and then got two kittens, Kit and Boo.  When I moved to a new apartment, I could only have two pets, so I reluctantly let Evinrude go back to my parents' house.  Frankly I think she was happier there, away from the kittens.  Boo passed away from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy one month before her second birthday.  Devastated doesn't begin to describe how I felt.  I still cry thinking about it, and it was seven years ago.  A few months later, I adopted Athena, and she brought light back into my life again.  Right from the start, she and Kit got along -- most of the time!  They are a good match.

For years, I struggled with an addiction that nearly killed me.  In fact, there were times when I wanted to die.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the only thing that kept me going was my cats.  On days when I felt like I couldn't get out of bed, I knew I had to get up to feed them.  When I cried, they comforted me.  When I wanted to die, I stayed alive to take care of them.  Now that I am healthy and am living a positive life, my cats help me through my day to day problems and also the big things, like when my dad died two months ago.  I honestly don't know what I would do without them.  I am so grateful for them!  I think every day should be World Cat Day!

18 comments:

Brian said...

We're all grateful you are here blogging, well, helping your kitties blog! Happy World Cat Day!

Admiral Hestorb said...

I am sending my love to you. Well done and yours is a joyful blog.

Admiral's mommy, Carole

Cheri said...

SO glad you had your kitties to help you in tough times. We want to thank you for your kind concern for our Chica. Happy World cat Day to You!!!

Cats of wildcat woods

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Cat are wonderful helpers when there is no one else. purrs and happy world cat day!

ABBY said...

Cats are amazing and they are truly healers. We are so glad that you over came that affliction and that you are well and happy. Athena and Kit are such gentle loving little souls.
Happy World Cat Day!
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥

Photo Cache said...

to athena and kit's mom,

thank you for sharing your story. my cats give me comfort as well.

take care. i agree everyday should be world cat day.

emma and buster's mama

The Island Cats said...

Wow! What a great post! Thanks for sharing your story with us! And Happy World Cat Day to Athena and Kit!

Mark's Mews said...

Great post. Happy World Cat Day!

meemsnyc said...

Cats are the best. They help me also. BTW, we are holding a contest for a free bag of Innova Natural pet food. Today is the last day to enter.
http://ilovecatnip.blogspot.com/2011/08/enter-for-chance-to-win-bag-of-innova.html

Mr Puddy said...

I'm glad you have Athena and Kit, They are your angels,ans now you got us here to be your friends as well. Take it easy and learn from your your furry kitties : )
Happy World Cat Day to you
Hugs
xoxo

Grrreta said...

It's amazing how cats can give us such comfort and purpose when we need it the most. Thanks for sharing your story. We're so glad you found your way to a good place in your life. We wish you, Kit, and Athena a Happy World Cat Day!

Prancer Pie said...

Your story is inspirational! Mommy thinks the luf of a kitteh could heal alot of what is wrong with this world! Thanks fur sharing this. xoxo

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

It sounds like every day IS World Cat Day at your house, so you've got a head start on World Cat Forever!

P.S. My human's boyfriend just had his 13 year sober anniversary in April.

Katnip Lounge said...

Cats truly have the power to heal...every day is a Cat Day at our house. They keep us laughing and sane.
Thanks for sharing your story. Pets are an integral part of life.
Trish

Clooney said...

What a heartfelt and candid post. Thank you for sharing that. My kitties have helped me so much too. Cats are the best! Happy World Cat Day to Kit and Athena!

Willow said...

Truly they give so much light and love when it is needed. Truly blessed with our companions
Meredith

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

What a great post! Do you think I could come to live with you? Because after reading this, I don't think my Human appreciates me QUITE as much as she should.

Cathy Keisha said...

We kitties make the best nurses and psychologists. I nursed my Pop back from major back surgery less than a month after I adopted them.