“I’ve had fur babies my entire life, having grown up with both cats and dogs. As an adult, I’ve always been partial to feline friends, finding their personalities much like my own. Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should relax and get used to it.
“Lucy already knew her name and because it suited her, I didn’t change it. Plus, it’s fun to call out ‘LUCY, I’m HOME!’ and hear her thunder down the hallway to greet me. Despite being quite standoffish when we first met, she got over her shyness quickly, revealing her true sweet and gentle nature.
“Her adoption profile indicated that she had already experienced crystals in her urine and with my current cat on prescription urinary tract food, I was more than prepared to invest in her health and wellbeing – while not worrying about them eating out of each other’s food bowls. (She’s intimidated by him though, recognizing him as the ‘alpha’ in our tiny pride of living room lions, and while he outweighs her significantly and likes to bully her, he never bites her or swipes at her).
“Since adopting Lucy, I’ve become an author, blogging diary entries on her behalf on social media. My friends and family find them highly entertaining and Lucy is now a celebrity. While I didn’t think I could love another kitty as much as I love ‘her brother from another mother’, I was wrong. My heart is filled with joy when I think of her and I look forward to seeing her at day’s end.
“Lucy likes feathers attached to strings – I call it ‘cat fishing.’ And although I was told she wasn’t a ‘door dasher’, she loves to try and sneak out whenever one is open. She also runs away from me when I try to snatch her back inside.
“She’s not a lap cat, preferring instead to occupy a space close to me on the loveseat when I watch TV. Then, at night, she’ll either curl up on or burrow under the fleece blanket at the foot of my bed. She and I sniff at one another’s noses, and she likes a gentle kiss on the M between her eyes. She also joins me at my desk while I’m working, wanting to be lifted up so that she can sit on my important documents and receive pets.”
Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.