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The Stray That Changed Me

I am in my late twenties and never really cared for cats. I thought they were annoying and moody and never thought of owning one. One day I found a stray and brought her home because I felt bad and thought about trying to get her adopted. She was full of fleas and famine. I bathed her and spent the whole night and the following day taking fleas and ticks off of her. She started to follow me around everywhere and went and sleep on top of me at night. She is the sweetest thing ever. I spend all day playing and pampering her and she brings me so much joy. I don't have kids so she became my child. I know it sounds corny but she is teaching me love beyond myself and I can't wait to make her the happiest kitty ever.

yellowduckie yellowduckie 26-30 87 Responses Nov 19, 2008

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Awesome story!!! I think it changed me too.....😉

Really nice story. There is a saying that is used by one rescue group and that says "You may not change the world by adopting a cat but you can change the world for one cat."

Nice story. My cat was a stray too.
They are a lot of fun to have around.

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:) sweet share.

Really beautiful story! I love cats too.

I have three cat's a Siamese,Maine Coon,and a tiger .I adore them all!

kitties are awesome, I love mine too. We have 3, all from humane society or "free to good home" kitties. I love that they are independent too!! Your kitty sounds like it will be well loved andtaken care of, good luck and GOD BLESS!!

It's amazing how a you changed one cat's life and she changed yours too. I'm very happy for the two of you

you should have proposed. :D kidding aside, I have two dogs and i cat, they all grew together and never fight, when it comes to feeding though, the cat becomes the UNDERCAT! meow.

*and one cat.

My cat did the same thing. Cats choose you. Since you rescued her you showed your cat love so she loves you back.

Something tells me that you where meant to take that cat home, It was meant to happen.

Reading your story and the comments by others makes me sad. I'm living away from my two cats right now, my big fluffy, black-but-turning-grey-haired, Kira, and my Siamese/Tabby, Billy. He's been my (sounds pathetic) best friend for 11 years now, and she for less than half of that. They're a province away and my apartment doesn't allow pets, though I'm beginning a search for one that does. Cats are such unique animals, I adore them.

Wow! I can't believe that this thread has been going on for three years. <br />
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I, too, have a really sweet cat that sleeps with me at night. He's my constant companion and I can't imagine not having him around. When I'm down, he seems to know and will stick close to me for comfort.

If that is the pic of your cat she is beautiful. Looks like a Burmese; I have two Burmese sisters and they are so loving. Thanks for being a good friend to the cat. They are amazing creatures.

You were the person your cat was looking for.

I have 3 cats--all strays.<br />
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My cats adopted me and now allow me to live in the house with them so I can feed and care for them.

Sounds like you got adopted. Cats are great...they do bring lots of joy.

my 9 year old moggy waz a stray kitten too. love her so much and she's brought me so many years of joy. thanks for sharing about your kitty, rated this up too. ;)

I truly believe that it takes a special person to own a cat, for it is not the person that chooses the cat but the cat that chooses the person. My cat polly is now 12 years old and she still behaves like a kitten . She is a very happy cat who purrs when I wake up when i say good morning , she follows me everywhere and sits on my lap or on my shoulder she even waits by the door and meows when I put the key in the door however she does not tolerate other people at all especially children or men, she has never hurt them she just chooses to stay away and hide in bed. Polly has shown me what love and loyalty is and because of her unique ways I could not imagine life without her.

Cats stay with you because they want to. Dogs on the other hand are pack animals and are always looking for a pack leader. Cats are sometimes aloof and this is their way of making sure you don't get too full of yourself. Cats are great levelers and are very smart.

:)

Awwh, I can so relate. I recentley got a new cat a beautyfull Bengal. She has totally changed the energy of our home everyone loves her especially me we allready have an intence bond. She follows me everywhere and the love she shows me and the way she looks at me fills my heart with so much love. She is looking at me right now lol half asleep.

I wasn't sure about cats either, but one stray decided to followed me home one night last year and kept me until last friday when he was killed by a driver coming out of his driveway.. I wish he was still here waiting for me when I come home from work everyday. He was a great cat, so much so that I hope he does have a soul so I can see him again in 80 or so years. Honestly I can't wait to see him again.. Requiscat In Pace, Maus.

the reason i like cats: they are lazy, spoiled and proud to be one ..just like me

the reason i like cats: they are lazy, spoiled and proud to be one ..just like me

This story was written in 2008 and is still good enough for me say : very good posting!!! We have actually a simular story to tell. My partner took our cat in and the big lovely puss is now laying on top of me every morning since 2008 in fact!! Val :-)

cat's are a woman's best friend... or so i have witnessed.

i hated cats when i was young. liked books like' one hundred uses for a dead cat'...really, that bad lol...but then i moved into my first home in cleveland's east side. a beautifl stray white cat, we later named ziggy, came up to me and imedatly opened my heart. he adopted me..he was 'waiting' for me/us to arrive i knew..and he was lined up to be my kitty...i knew this instantly..God had opened my heart to something new and unexpectled.:)

cats are annoying and moody... just like people! that's one of the things i love about both. cats are actually much less demanding than people. i have had between one and three most often two, and they're always strays. thanks for sharing, nice story.

I tend to do what you did but with--dogs.<br />
That unconditional love is, in a word, addicting.<br />
No accidents I always say.<br />
Congratulations.

great story.. thanks for sharing.

Wow! love it!

I recently lost my beloved cat "Havoc" . He changed my life. I see everything in a different light.<br />
He wasn't quite 2 years old when he died--suddenly. There is another little homeless kitten on my front porch right now. Havoc's friends have visited me almost every day since he died. One in particular, snoopy came and sat with me on my patio...she was such a comfort. I got a little dog last Friday. The next day this little black kitty appeared on my porch...she or he--i'm not sure which--is not afraid of the dog. All of Havoc's friends--the kitty gang, I call them--are being rather aggressive to the little black kitten. The dog is protecting the kitten from the other cats...it's the strangest thing. I love all these cats---it was Havoc who taught me to appreciate and enjoy them.

I recently lost my beloved cat "Havoc" . He changed my life. I see everything in a different light.<br />
He wasn't quite 2 years old when he died--suddenly. There is another little homeless kitten on my front porch right now. Havoc's friends have visited me almost every day since he died. One in particular, snoopy came and sat with me on my patio...she was such a comfort. I got a little dog last Friday. The next day this little black kitty appeared on my porch...she or he--i'm not sure which--is not afraid of the dog. All of Havoc's friends--the kitty gang, I call them--are being rather aggressive to the little black kitten. The dog is protecting the kitten from the other cats...it's the strangest thing. I love all these cats---it was Havoc who taught me to appreciate and enjoy them.

What a heart warming story, but I am very upset that you did not show the same loving devotion that you did for the cat towards the poor fleas. They to are one of Gods creatures and I love to pick them off animals during my spare time and take them in where I show them the same love and care in my flea hostal.<br />
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Still you are a wonderful humanbeing and good luck to the both of you XXX

sounds like a match made in Heaven!<br />
I am very happy for you both~ it is said that cats choose their owners:))

Words cant descibe the admiration for your act of kindness. For me, I finally found the answer I was searching for whenever I asked myself if I made a difference in this world.

NOTHING on earth is as humbling and beautiful as being adopted by a living, breathing, cuddly, loving, orphan - human or animal! And cats are very nearly top of my list. I felt similar to you until my Minx came to me as a three day old orphan, given to me by my beautiful Great Dane as a parting gift, 4 days before she died. She must have decided that I needed to be loved and to give love as she was already sick, although we didn't know it yet. I treasure Minx more because of this.

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That's not corny at all. I adore you for posting this. I got chills all over. I grew up with dogs, live with dogs now. I don't have a favorite animal, but I love all animals. I've had quite a few cats, but every cat I've ever had has been through pure chance. All of the cats I've had have been strays that came to me that way. Your story reminds me of something very profound (to me) that I experienced. You've made me want to post my own story. I guess I will do that now. Thanks for sharing. I hope you and your little one have a happy ending.

Your story made my day! There are so many animals out there who need people like you. I have<br />
always had cats, and couldn't imagine my life without one. They are such great company and love<br />
you as much as you love them. I'm so happy for you both. God Bless!

I have loved cats all my life. I 'm happy you found a beautiful baby kitty to love.

Aww, how sweet!

I have two seniors 1a cat and one a dog that are very sick but my husband dosent want them put to sleep he is helping me care for them but they are so old, they dont seem to be in pain they just look awfull and have senior systoms, like a ongoing cough or no appetite. It will be hard for me to let go of them but in some way I wish they would just go to sleep, they are both over 20. i am not looking forward to the emptiness when they do pass on .

That cats adopted you because he/she could tell that you needed it. What a wonderful gift you got, it has changed your life forever! I have had many animals in my life, so have also had to go through the grief of losing them. They are forever in my heart.

!m 45 with Bipolar and I own 10 cats and would have more if my husband would let me. They are my best companionship ever. They sooth me when I am feeling anxiety. I usually have three on my lap at a time. I think everyone should own a cat.

Such a great story! You are entering a new realm, a brand new world of experiences you will definitely want to share with others.<br />
Cats are wonderful creatures, but it takes a very special human nature to appreciate them fully. Controlling-type personalities don't often do well with felines.

Heheh. Great story. I've found in most cases people who don't like cats usually haven't had one before.

i love cats, too. my cat is the sweetest thing ever, and if anything were to ever happen to him, i would die!

We have 8 cats all feral cats(not used to humans and born outside) except for 2 Rocky and Reggie who chase our other cats they are only 6 months old. We have a cat house on our porch and a mother cat and her kittens live there, on the side of our house there is another box where a possium lives. We have several cats outside we feed, and the for 14 years we travel 10 miles to feed to other groups of feral cats. My daughter is grown. I have even taught my 6 year old grand daughter how to call the cats to come to eat when we arrive.. My daughter has 5 cats her recent cat lived to be 18 and a half, she got him when she had her first apartment now she is married with 2 kids and 5 cats, 1 dog and a wonderful husband. At 4 o'clock in the middle on the morning I get a gentle licking on my nose each morning by Reggie or Rocky. We had two cats that lived to be 16 years old each I sure do miss them. However, we have a lot of fun watching Rocky and Reggie run at each other and collide in mid air and do a summersalt in mid air..Or when I took one cat in to the vet I looked at the cage and realized I had two cats not one in the cage Reggie had to join Rocky!! I sure was surprised and so was the Vet, he thought I was bringing in one cat and I had two!! We did have a dog and he got along great with the cats, he even played tag with our old cat and the Thor would sit in his paws when Harry was lying down on the floor Thor would just cuddle up with him, it was funny as Harry would wine and look up at me as to say "what do I do with this cat" then later he would try to play with the cat but Harry had huge paw and Thor would run from him they played a lot. I sure miss MY Harry dog!!

I have had both children and cats in my life and if I had it to do over again I would only have had cats.I gave everything(both financial and emotional) and the kids only gave grief in return.My cats have always shown unconditional love and appreciation.It is however truly terrible to lose one asI did about a month ago,I've taken few funerals as hard.

i love cats very much!listening to your story,i have undesstanded one thing both animals were need our care.

I also though that I would never own a cat as a pet untill the lady that woas rooming with me move out. When she found out that she could not have a pet where she moved to she said to me that she would have to fine Sweetpea a new home I said why when she has a good home here. That is how I came to own Sweetpea as a pet. That was fifthteen years ago and she is somch fun and in the morning when it time for me to feed her she lets me know that it is time for me to get up in the morning.

God bless you and your baby. I wish you both long and happy lives. Keep up the good work!!!!!

My story is very similar to yours. I never knew much about cats because I had only had one when I was very young. I brought home my kitty one day last year when a friend told me (on impulse) to pick it up in a parking lot and we had nowhere to take her. She's now a part of my family. Cats really can change your life.

I have a white cat who is totally deaf he was living in my neighbors garage so i decided to catch him and i did. One day not knowing any thing about cats i took him for a ride down to the lake which is 2 miles from home. I let him out and he ran away and hid in a small cave. I waited all day and he never came out so i went home.To make a long story short he came home 3 days later and has been my best friend ever after

I have a white cat who is totally deaf he was living in my neighbors garage so i decided to catch him and i did. One day not knowing any thing about cats i took him for a ride down to the lake which is 2 miles from home. I let him out and he ran away and hid in a small cave. I waited all day and he never came out so i went home.To make a long story short he came home 3 days later and has been my best friend ever after

OMG soooooo cute! :)

I love your story. My first cat found me in my college cafeteria when he was about 3 weeks old. Another student had found him but couldn't keep him, so I fed him, carried him around with me, got rid of his parasites and goopy eyes, and wound up being his special person until he died at age 18 1/2. I still miss him.

i have two cats , or i shoud say they have me. both are independent and run all over the house. no matter if i have a good day or a messed up day, i go home and they are both there waiting to play and of course waiting to have food put out for them. you cannot help but feel better when there up to see you when you get home. saphire and topaze , just two crazy cats .

our cat also came to us (abused) her tail was bent in about 4 places - she is so loving! My kids called her pee-wee ... and my partner calls her PA SE KIND... she is special to all of us and we think she could be in the whiskers cat add...she hits you if you pretend to ignore her when she is ready for her meal...

OMG! That's so sweet! I found a stray bundled up next to our dryer vent... he smelt really good lol! have fun with your new friend!

Cats know who is best for them in this case it is you<br />
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cool post

oh thats so lovely!i have cats myself,i think a house isnt a home unless it has a cat in it,x

It's so wonderful that you and your kitty found each other! I hope you have many years of happiness together. Cats are such wonderful animals!

i rescued my tortoise cat from a parking lot where i worked. she,her mom & 4 siblings were struggling to stay alive so we all got together & found them homes. my husband didn't want a cat but i brought her home & she adored him. he couldn't help but return her love. my husband died in feb. & i am in charge of this wonderful cat. we moved & she has adjusted better than i have. hope he knows she is happy.

I really enjoyed reading your heart warming story. I can imagine how happy that little kitty was to find you or you it. I truly love cats. Always have. I have 4 of my own, each with a special personality. I feel that they exude love into my home, to me and to each other. Its a wonderful place to come home to. They follow me around and settle down around me where ever I settle down. I miss them already.

GOOD LUCK WITH UR LITTLE FRIEND .CATS ARE A GOOD PET THEY ARE SO SMART AND LOVING AND VERRY PLAYFUL I HAVE A ORANGE TABBY THAT I GOT FROM A GETTLEMAN OFF OF MYSPACE I USED TO HAVE A ORANGE CAT WHEN I WAS WITH MY EX BUT HE WOULDNT LET ME TAKE IT WITH ME SO I GOT ME ANOTHER ONE THAT LOOKS JUST LIKE THE ONE I HAD SHE SO SWEET AND LOVING HER NAME IS BUTTERSCOTCH SHE ADORABLE

I would love the cats that stay with me ..... if they would just leave ;o)

Well done both of you!

That's so cute! I heard someone say once, that a person who goes through life without knowing the love of an animal is missing out on part of their soul...something like that. It's so true, they can turn it around because they love you no matter what.

Not corny at all. Thank you for taking in that baby and giving her love.

awwww you found a great companion ...

yaay I love ur story :)

yep !<br />
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kitties know who will love them......enjoy

What a sweet story. I have always had cats. They usually show up at my back door and adopt me.

see? SEE? That's how they get ya! I have loved cats since I took my first breath, so it's natural for me. So glad you "woke up and smelled the catnip". THANK YOU for loving your cat and giving your cat the best care!

Aww,<br />
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I got 2 cats myself both i like to say adopted me! The showed up at different times and then over the coarse of time they decided to stay and call me their owner. I of coursed asked around to make sure no one owned them before taking them in and making them my own.<br />
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As i write this there is another little kitty that comes around often but i can not take any more in so he will just have to enjoy his visits to my home lol!<br />
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Chrissy

I am so glad that you found one of those special loving cats to help you love yourself. I personally believe that there really are some VERY special cats out there that come to those who need them. It becomes a very special relationship that helps you both grow in spirit. Once you have had this experience you will be changed, always for the better, and so is she. Hugs for you both!

Awwwww! Lovely story.<br />
Mine is a stray too. They are very special. Mine experiences separation anxiety when I go missing:>) I think he's afraid of being adandoned again.

thar is lovely. that little baby wanted to be with you.l have 12 cats and most of them find me(so l tell my husband)

That's exactly how I got my first cat! I'm happy for both of you!

Cats are smart, they know who will love them. Enjoy your new friend!

Oh, how cute!!!! I'm so happy for u. Yes, there are plenty of moody cats out there, & if urs ever was, she sure loves YOU!!!! aaagh, i understand what u mean when u say u are being taught how to love. good for u. i, too, wish u many years of joy & fun together. :)

Cats are wonderful creatures! So very loving and sweet but still indviduals. I wish you both lots of joy and many years of fun together.