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Remember how I told you about my crash course in basic cat care? Today, I want to talk to you a little bit more about my beloved cat, Abby. Granted, when I was younger, I never thought I would be saying that as we always had dogs. But, over the years, this sometimes cantankerous (and spoiled) cat has become a constant companion. From the beginning, she was my cat- even though it was my ex-husband who really wanted to adopt a cat. Maybe it was because I was at home with her during the day that she bonded with me quickly. Whatever the case may be, since she’s come into my life, I’ve found many ways of taking care of my four legged muse.
When Abby first came into my life, it was July of 2010. The runt in a litter of seven kittens, Abby also stood out with her lack of tail. I think this only added to the already overall cute factor that seems to accompany kittens. I was in the midst of coping with depression… and by coping, I mean I was taking my meds, keeping my therapy appointments, and occasionally writing it down in a diary. I was a stay at home mom of a severely autistic child, and the isolation was really taking it’s toll. Not to mention a myriad of problems with my marriage that I kept quiet about.
Looking back on it now, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to add a pet into our lives.
We had been to the shelter before to look at dogs, but the particular weekend that Abby found us was during shelter cat adoption month so adoption fees were waived or reduced.
That is my sweet Abby not long after we got her home. She was in a room of her own so she could get used to us. Every day I would go in and sit with her for an hour or so, waiting for her to warm up to me. It didn’t take long before she was purring contentedly and taking naps in my lap. In August of that same year, I started on my associates degree at Maria College so my days spent with Abby were cut short.
But, throughout it all, going back to school full time, balancing being a mom, working, and volunteering- Abby was there. She liked to sleep with me, usually under the blanket and cuddled right next to my stomach. If she didn’t go upstairs with me, I always kept the door open a bit so she could come in on her own.
And on the days that I still struggled, when all I wanted to do was stay in bed- Abby was there.
When I had a major project due during my senior year at Maria College, Abby was at my side. Either on the table messing up my index cards or purring contentedly in my lap to keep me calm.
Through every trial that I’ve faced, and all of the joys that I’ve experienced, Abby has been there for me. She’s also been a good source of calm and companionship for Sweet B.
So for all that Abby has done for us since becoming a part of our family, the least I can do is take care of her and provide her with everything that she needs. This includes making sure that her favorite blanket(s) are washed and fluffy, that her litter box is clean (or Kyle can do that), that her water dish is never empty, and that she always has tasty food to eat.
Abby has never been too picky with her food. She has dry food that we leave out for her, and she gets canned food twice a day. Recently we tried out Purina Muse and she absolutely loved it!
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I didn’t even have time to put it in a dish, she was that eager to get to her new Purina Muse food!
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How do you take care of your four legged muse?