They Have Always Been Part of My Life

 

I grew up around cats from infancy. I have always loved them, and it's hard to imagine life without them. I have two right now, and I am especially close to them, partially because they are the first that have really been "mine" (as opposed to family pets). I've raised the older of the two (Quasar) since he was a tiny kitten, and he regards me as his mother. Every night, he sleeps beside me and I put my arm around him. He regularly demands to be picked up and carried around. He's the only cat I've ever known to give hugs -- he will actually stand up in my lap and wrap his arms around my neck.

The younger cat is closer to my husband. They hold long conversations and have ferocious wrestling matches. Whenever my husband sits at his computer desk, Sinuhe is there beside him, either chatting and demanding attention or just quietly lying at his feet, content to simply hang out and enjoy his company.

It still amazes me that cats can be friends with humans, can prefer the company of specific humans, and can have such distinct and individual personalities. The more I know them, the more clear it becomes that there is very little separating us from them. They may lack our language skills and opposable thumbs, but they feel just as deeply as we do.

Akhayati Akhayati
22-25, F
1 Response Feb 20, 2009

I agree.