Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Cat Month by Merrillee Whren

Since this is National Cat Month, I'm going to tell you about the cats I have loved. I don't have photos of all the cats that have been part of my life, but I will share a few. The first cat I ever had was Snowcap. He was white with a patch of black fur on his head that looked like a cap. After he died I didn't have another cat until I was an adult with children of my own. When our children were very young, we got two cats, Friend and Baby, who did a great job getting rid of mice and other rodents around our house that sat on five acres out in the country. After those cats passed through our lives, we got Mittens. Here he is perched on top of our entertainment center. When we moved from Georgia to Massachusetts, sadly Mittens ran away. He didn't take well to the move. 


So we got two kittens, Bubba Joe and Allie. I have a couple of photos of those cats that are too fuzzy to share. When we moved to Texas those cats made the long car ride from Massachusetts and then four years later, they survived another long car ride when we moved to Illinois. While we lived there, Bubba Joe developed kidney disease and had to be put down. Allie was lost and became very attached to our dog Pepper. When the dog died, I took Allie to Florida to live with our younger daughter who was attending the University of North Florida. She thought Allie was lonely, so she got a kitten, whom she named Nomar after Nomar Garciaparra, a baseball player with the Boston Red Sox. After she graduated, she moved to Boston and left Nomar with us. So Nomar and Allie were good buddies. Here is a photo of Nomar. He decided to lounge on my desk while I was trying to write.


Allie developed a host of health issues and also had to be put down, leaving us with just Nomar. When our daughter finally moved into an apartment that would accept pets she talked about taking Nomar back, but I told her no. I'd become too attached to him to give him up. When we moved to Arizona a few years ago, we brought Nomar with us and she got her wish. He went to live with them, and I could visit him. Here is a photo I love with my older granddaughter, when she was almost a year old, looking up at Nomar on one of his favorite perches in our house in Florida. Nomar lived to be seventeen, but now we are without pets of any kind.


So now I enjoy it when my older daughter shares photos and antics of her cat Scout. Here is an older photo of Scout that I took while we were visiting several years ago. She has similar coloring to Mittens.


Do you have a cat or ever had a cat? Do you have a story to share about your pet?

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Merrillee Whren is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of American. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty-plus years, and has two grown daughters. Connect with her on her Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter.

12 comments:

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  2. Thanks, Merrillee, for your post. I'm a cat and a dog lover--and my son loves his cat!

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  3. I love cats as well. They have such a unique way of looking at life. Everything on their timetable. Still, can't imagine life without them. Thanks so much for sharing today.

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  4. I grew up with dogs as my mother is very allergic to cats. But, after not being around dogs much as an adult, my childhood allergy returned. It's a good thing I like cats, because we have long been a multi-cat household!

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    1. When we get so we don't travel so much, I would like to get a couple of cats. Now we don't want the worry of having to find someone to watch our pets.

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  5. I enjoyed reading about your pets. I had a couple of cats but I developed allergies to them. My eyes would swell when the cats were around.

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    1. That happened to my son-in-law after Nomar came to live with them.

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  6. Really enjoyed reading about your cats. I’ve had several cats in my life, starting with Snooper. He was my first pet when I was eleven. Currently I have an eleven year old tiger, Mia, & a 4 mo old orange tiger, Mango. They keep life interesting.

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  7. Love having cats. Cat #1 Mimi we inherited while living in a church parsonage. Former pastor’s family left her behind. She loved to fetch little bouncy balls and moved with us 3 times. Once a year she caught a bird, brought it to the back door and then once we saw it let it go. Around age 12 she had a st one be 10. We also adopted his 1/2 sister - Grabby Tabby Abbey. Very vocal but loving, who lived to be 17.

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