Today I’m thankful for cats.
I’m thankful for the lessons in love they teach us.
They teach us
to be curious,
trust our instincts
and to give the “look” when needed,
and above all else, love unconditionally
Today I’m thankful for my heart pet Buggy.
For those that don’t know what a “heart pet” is.. here’s a friend’s definition:
“A heart pet is a pet that is a very special pet that you know there will be no other like them. No matter how many pets you have they will never have that special connection to you.”
“It is a soulmate animal…you share a unique, deep special connection. You are a part of each other.”
So for those of us who have heart pets, let’s take a moment to be thankful for them, their presence in our lives and give them extra love if they are still with us, or remember them if they have passed over the Rainbow Bridge.
Today I’m thankful for Amazon & Goodwill.
Well have you seen the prices of those comfy soft throw blankets that cats love?
WalMart may have them on sale for $3 during the holidays but they generally range from $5-$10 normally. I can go to Goodwill and buy them for $1-$3 a piece.
And since my Goodwill trips are generally bi-monthly you can imagine how I stock up when I do go. And the blankets aren’t just for me.. I normally by 10-30 blankets which I test for softness, I let my cats pick out 1 or 2, wash them and get then nice and folded and sent them off to Pet Guards Angels in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
I’ve been involved with Pet Guards for going on 5 years now and I do the Wishes for Kitties (1 birthday wish = $1 donation) and at least two Kitty Care Packages a year.
So I’m thankful I can get blankets for so cheap at Goodwill, it means a great deal to a shelter who relies on donations to get by.
Amazon is a life saver when it comes to getting cat toys and trees. Pet stores are crazy expensive and I don’t mind getting a bulk amount of cat toys, giving my cats some and sending them to the shelter.
Amazon also allows you to make wish lists which is very helpful when trying to help out the shelter (or when I want to put things on “hold”).
So thanks to both of these places I can give my cats and those looking for a home a better life.
Today I am thankful that animals forgive.
When animals are rescued from hoarding situations, they forgive.
When dogs are rescued from dog fighting rings, they forgive.
The countless times that animals have seen cruelty from humans and are rescued by a kind person, they forgive.
I think we as humans could learn a lot from animals as easily as they forgive.
They don’t give up on us and I think that’s awesome.
Today I am thankful we have no storm damage.
The house I own sits on an incline which backs up to a lake (more like a pond, but it has an official name), I am really thankful there is no storm damage and for the most part my friends and co-workers were fine.
So I’m thankful for that.
So today I’m thankful for Buttercup… the newest additional to the household, she’s the most timid, quiet member and I believe that she was abused as she flinched when I went to touch her. Mind you, I always let her sniff me before I touch her.
She came up to me last week while I was sitting on the couch in the den, I invited her up and she hopped up in my lap and let me just pet her. She was purring but very very softly. I had to leave my hand on her back just to tell.
She left for a bit and came back about twenty minutes later and stayed for a bit longer.
I was so very worried/concerned/nervous after the vet visit she was panting and drooling after picking her up from her vet/grooming.
Poor sweetie had mats in her fur and I wanted a professional to take care of it.
But she was put in the master bathroom for a few hours and checked on repeatedly and was fine.
So I’m thankful for her coming around to me.
I’m going to still work with her, she’s letting me pet her and comes up when she wants attention and it’s just an awesome feeling.
What are you thankful for?
Today I am thankful for being able to take care of two new cats (and a dog!)
So this is a part introduction/thankful thursday.
Meet Harley. He’s a 12 year old service dog – he specializes in seizure alerts. He’s a lab and takes his job very seriously but when he is at home he is mostly cat as he loves to lay in sunspots.
Meet Miss Aura. She’s 6 and just got up to date on her shots as of last week. She’s believed to be a Siamese/tabby mix. She’s very talkative and when she first came to the house she hissed at everything. Now she’s coming up on the bed wanting pets. She is front declawed (which I am highly against).
Meet Buttercup (aka Butters). She’s also 6 and just got up to day on her shots and received a “spa” treatment due to some mats in her beautiful long fur. She is very timid cat and I’ve just recently had the wonderful experience of her coming to me for pets. She is also front declawed.
Now to my thankfulness, I am very thankful to have them under my watchful eyes as many of you know I simply adore my cats and they are more family than just pet. So I’ve spend plenty of time reassuring them that they are safe with me (there’s been some abuse in their past simply for being cat/dog) and will never go without care/love/food/shelter.
I will be keeping a close eye on the girls since they are front declawed, I’ve never had a declawed cat under my care before but I will be watching for limping or favoring their paws. Apparently the surgery was done when they were young and have had no complications since, but believe me it made me cringe to not only say it to the vets twice (they went to different vets as one could do the grooming and the other couldn’t) but to even think about what these poor girls went through during it.
I was of course worried about them holding their own against my cats, who have all their claws, but they seem to be doing well.
I am also thankful that having these additional pets under my care brought to light another issues I’m passionate about and that’s the anti-declawing campaign.
Declawing is a cruel and inhumane way to spare the cat owner’s furniture and to leave them defenseless if they ever get out of the house.
If you are interested in learning more about the cruelty of declawing please visit The Paw Project also please visit City the Kitty he’s a wonderful spokescat for anti-declawing.
So today I’m thankful for snuggles.
Trixie is the best at snuggles, especially when you’re sick, unfortunately she doesn’t want anyone else on the bed when she’s with you. Fair warning, once she lays down that’s it, there is no moving her, so make sure she’s not laying on a limb.
She’s only 10lbs and I swear weighs a ton when you try to move her.
Buggy loves a good snuggle but he’s a pillow stealer. He loves to take over my pillows and I normally sleep with 2 of them, so I push half of the top one down so he has enough room to lay. Once he’s settled he will lay there and purr and purr until one of us falls asleep.