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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.

Years ago, I never would have realized how important my cat is to me. She's my muse in many ways. #MyCatMyMuse #ad

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.

abby as a kitten

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.

abby sleeping

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.

helping with a project

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.

muse on the counter

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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purina muse abby eating

I didn’t even have time to put it in a dish, she was that eager to get to her new Purina Muse food!

Available exclusively at PetSmart, I would encourage you to try out Purina Muse for your beloved four legged family member.

purina muse on the shelf

Heading to PetSmart soon? Don’t forget to take this coupon with you so you can save on Purina Muse.

How do you take care of your four legged muse?

Over the years, my cat has become more than just my cat. She's become a part of my family. #MyCatMyMuse #cbias
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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
8 years ago

Your kitty is just too cute! I don’t have a cat, but I have a friend who does. I’ll have to tell her about Muse.

8 years ago

While I do not have a cat, I always enjoy seeing photos of their extreme cuteness! This seems like great food for a cat.

Liz Mays
8 years ago

Aww what a great way to treat her! She’s adorable and she sounds like a real sweetheart!

8 years ago

This is the first time I’ve heard of this brand of cat food. Your cat looks a lot like my girl, Karma!

8 years ago

I just recently heard about this, I think my furbabies would love this! I will have to check it out. Yours are so cute!

8 years ago

Your cat is adorable. My sister is also feeding her cat with Purina Muse.

Chubskulit Rose
8 years ago

Awwww, she is so lucky! We don’t have a cat but I miss having one. We got two dogs though.

8 years ago

I’ve never heard of Muse before. I’ll have to check on it though. I have two cats and I’m sure they’ll love this product.

Shaney Vijendranath
8 years ago

She’s so adorable. My daughter would go crazy for her, she’s obsessed with cats! She definitely deserves more treats. 😉

8 years ago

I’m trying this with my cats soon! They could smell it in the bag when I brought it home, what an adorable kitty!

Yona Williams
8 years ago

I wish I had a four legged muse…cannot wait until I move to a place where I can have a dog. I miss having a furry companion that knows just when you need comfort, like Abby does for you.

Mimi MimiCuteLips Green
8 years ago

I’m not a cat lover but this story totally gave me the warm and fuzzies. What a great story, we sometimes rescue animals thinking we are the heroes. Only to find out they save our lives as well.

Rebecca Swenor
Rebecca Swenor
8 years ago

What a gorgeous cat indeed. I have always loved cats but my sons are allergic so I have none. My brother and sister have one so I will have to share this with them. Thanks for sharing the information about this awesome food. I use Purina on my dog.

Oriana @Mommyhood's Diary
8 years ago

Abby looks so sweet! We’re glad she liked Purina Muse®. Thanks #client

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
8 years ago

I can feel all the love you have for Abby in this post! She’s very blessed to have you.