I am in Love with My Cat

Tessie In a Christmas BasketI’ve lived alone for over 20 years and am used to my own company. I don’t miss a roommate or a man or children but I never knew what a difference it would make for me to have a cat own me.

Tessie has been with me for just about 6 weeks and I am totally in love with her – and comforted and de-stressed by her furry presence. When I’m home, she keeps me within sight, following me from room to room, though she isn’t interested in trying to shower with me, thank heavens. Her toys litter the floor and I don’t care – why pick them up when she plays with them? It’s not as though I entertain lavishly and need to provide a tidy place for other people to walk.

When she first came home, Tessie wanted to sit on me almost every time I sat down. Now that she’s more settled, she lets me pick her up to cuddle and sits on her little stool next to my chair where I can reach down and stroke her but she has some space. Much as I’d love to hold her more often, having her sit close by instead means I can do other stuff like read and type on the computer.

I have friends whose cats wake them up in the mornings or who hog the bed. Tessie is well behaved and has her spot at the foot of the bed near the door so she can look out (not that there’s anything to see but then, what do I know about what she finds interesting to look at?). In the morning when the clock goes off, and I pat my tummy, she climbs on top to purr and knead her little paws and we have a few minutes of bonding time. Since it’s 5:45 am and I not awake – and the light is still off – this is a pretty intimate time that lasts, oh, about 2 minutes. Then it’s time for me to get up and feed her.

When I get home at the end of the day, she’s waiting for me and hops on the bed before I can get my coat off so we can go nose to nose and tell each other about our day. I love that her first move isn’t to the food bowl, although that definitely comes next.

I can’t really imagine leaving her but of course I know I will, to travel for business and vacation, and I’m trying to figure out that best way to have her cared for. Possibly a cat sitter rather than trying to board her, though I haven’t decided yet. My first trip will be in February so I have some time to decide how to manage. I know that I’ll miss her terribly – and I’ve only had her for 6 weeks out of what will hopefully be many years together.

What I didn’t really expect was how much having Tessie be part of my life would make me feel more settled, more calm. She listens to me patiently when I talk, and purrs when I hold her and cuddle her close. Tears are absorbed in her fur and she senses when I need her nearby. She is a warm live furry person to keep me company and touching her reminds me that I’m not alone in the world, something I know but it’s nice to have a physical reminder. Tessie doesn’t judge me, she just is there and loves me back.

We woke up this morning to the sound of sleet pelting the windows and will go to sleep warm in/on the electric blanket. We are a little family.

5 thoughts on “I am in Love with My Cat

  1. Lori

    Awww, this is so sweet. Between you and Cindy, I am just so happy for the two of you being owned by cats who are as wonderful as Tessie and Jake. It does make a difference to have someone waiting for you. Tessie sounds like a wonderfully behaved little girl. (Unless my little monsters who I think may be responsible for tearing up my dresser.)

    I have someone come over and feed/scoop out the litter when I go away longer than a day. She’s quite wonderful and brings in fresh catnip and plays with them. It’s worth $12 a visit. You might ask some of the cat lovers at your work who they recommend. I think a kennel might be too stressful for Tessie.

    I loved reading this entry. 🙂

  2. Max

    As someone who adores both cats and the Red Sox, I think you have chosen the perfect pet and the perfect name: “Tessie, you are the only, only, only…”

    We have a catsitter that visits when we’re out of town and she’s GREAT. A lot of them are licensed and certified (I didn’t know this until ours showed us her creds), and cats are generally much calmer if they don’t have to leave home.

  3. Karen

    I have had my cat Buttercup for almost a year. She is the sweetest cat I could ever imagine. Our morning routine sounds like yours! When I’m away, I have a trusted friend stop in at least once a day if it’s for less than a few days. If it’s longer, I have them stay at the house.

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