I debated sharing this post for awhile but felt that it was necessary. I want to be genuine and honest with my readers so you can trust me and count on me. As my family and friends know, I am a crazy cat lady. My cat’s name is Pinot (yes, like the wine) and I adopted her a little over a year ago. I’ll never forget it – I was walking into the Pet’s Smart with my roommate at the time (she was picking up something for her cats) and they just happened to be having an adoption event. Now, I was only out because my significant other at the time was sick and I was SUPPOSED to be getting him medicine to feel better but got distracted by all of the animals. I grew up with dogs my entire life but only had a cat during my toddler years, so I never saw myself getting a kitten.
WELL – that changed. It’s so crazy how sometimes you make a split second decision, and it ends up being one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. I had held many kittens but was not feeling a connection with any of them. I had almost given up and was just telling myself again this wasn’t the right time to have a pet. But as I started walking away, I caught a glimpse of a little kitten. A little kitten that was just staring at me with her huge eyes, not making a peep, and was just the runt of the litter. I immediately told the person running the event that I wanted to hold her. The second she put her in my hands I knew she was the one for me. The next words out of my mouth were,”How much?” and she responded $250.00 because her daughter wanted to adopt her because she’s so sweet, spunky, and cuddly. I shut that down, REAL QUICK. I said I need to have her. The women agreed. So I went to the ATM, bought some necessities and took Pinot home.
Okay, I get it. Most people at some point in their lives want a pet. What makes Pinot so special to me other than being my fur baby? Well, for months and months I found myself in an anxious struggle. I didn’t like where I was living, I wasn’t happy at my job, my 3-year relationship with my boyfriend was falling apart, and I felt so lonely. I needed a change in my life, a positive change that I could control and feel needed. Pinot changed everything for me.
Animals are so incredible when you think about it. They are genuine, loving, loyal, hilarious, and comforting. Think of all the things we use them for – we have police dogs, service dogs, and some animals are even used to be therapy pets! Anytime I see an animal I instantly wig out and have to pet it. They make me so happy.
Things Pinot likes to do to annoy me:
1. Sleep on my chest and sneeze directly onto my face in the middle of the night
2. Put her entire collection of toys on my chest in the middle of the night
3. Toot at the absolute worst times possible
4. Sit or better yet PEE in the houseplants
5. Look at me with her huge toad eyes and meow until I pay attention to herx
Pinot helped me in a number of ways. First of all, I never feel lonely because she’s always there. That’s such a depressing cat mom thing to say, but it’s so true! Anytime I start to feel anxious about something or someone – I can just give her a hug or a cuddle and suddenly I just feel better. I can feel the anxiety leave my body and I become so much more relaxed. I love being able to come home and have her wait at the door for me and meow. She also follows me when I’m leaving and just stares at me so sad and jumps in front of my feet to prevent me from leaving. Some of my best days are relaxing with Pinot and cuddling in my bed. I’m not kidding when I say I’m a crazy cat mom. Like, I’ve physically left my boyfriend’s house in the middle of the night because I wanted to be with Pinot, haha!
Some of Pinot’s nicknames:
1. PrinCESS P
4. Little Lady
There’s just something too about being needed by someone or something. She depends on me and I don’t even think twice about it. I always remember my Dad saying, “If you have a pet you HAVE to take care of it, don’t let me catch you being lazy with a pet, they depend on you.” When I was younger, I could totally see why my Pops would say that to me. But now it’s like – I would actually do anything for my cat. I would probably choose her over most humans when push comes to shove. I also get super defensive when people talk smack about cats, when they haven’t met Pinot yet, ha! Something animals always have taught me is to live in the moment. They don’t CARE about anything else other than that. I heard a quote once that, “Your animal may be part of your world, but you ARE their world.” UM…so true!
I hope this post resonated with you in some way shape or form. I had to include Pinot because she is a huge part of me taking care of myself and living a happy lifestyle. I adore all animals so please share your story or a picture of your pet!
Also – here are some of the toys I bought Pinot (the ones you can usually find on my chest in the middle of the night). She absolutely loves them, and you get a ton in this bundle as well for a cheap price.