I used to claim that "I hate cats". The truth was that no cat had ever loved me. As a child, I did to cats what I did to dogs (we ALWAYS had dogs growing up)...run up to them at full speed, arms flailing, screaming with delight and expecting some real loving back. Uh, not so much with cats. They need some finessing. You need to do the animal equivalent of buy them a drink and dinner before they'll even CONSIDER giving you the time of day. And you need to move slow as molasses or they will run the other way and never come back.
I had just graduated from school and my boss asked me to "baby sit" his cats for a week... EEK! What was I supposed to do- say NO!? His cats were two stunning Maine Coons and they were sweet and loving . Basically, they were dogs dressed in cat suits, and for the first time I experienced "cat love". There was no turning back.
Within two weeks we adopted 1-year-old Charlotte and her newborn baby Samantha. That was 14 years ago. Sadly we lost Charlotte in January (I'll do a FBF on her another day- she was amazing). Today you get to meet the little cheeky monkey who has no idea that she's actually 14. She thinks she's about 6 weeks old. She gets into all sorts of trouble but is the biggest love bug you'll ever meet. She's a talker and runs to the door to greet guests. Did I mention that she's Toilet-Trained?
If you're not a cat-person and are unwilling to peek at the dark side, then you had better go and wrap up that huge Google-reader inbox of yours. For the rest of you cat lovers...you know who you are...have a look at Samantha over the years. She's the love muffin of my life.
Day one with my baby:
Call the SPCA:
Kitty Day Spa: During
Kitty Day Spa: After...Daddy is wiped out
Mummy is wiped out:
She has a thing for sinks...
My t-shirt really does say "My cat kicks ass". Didn't wear it too much, must admit:
She sleeps with mummy every night:
(The eyeshade says "Bring Coffee"- a 'must-have' for the bedroom if you ask me!)
She drives: Vroom Vroom!!!!!!!!!!!!
She opens doors:
Please don't go on another trip without me!
I painted the "portrait". I work on commission. I work cheap.
Mummy, reading her fave In Touch magazine