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I have two cats. They are both black but this is where the similarity ends. They are like chalk and cheese. One is a homebird, one is an alley cat. One causes us no trouble, the other has us at the vets to sort out his cuts and scrapes and fleas. One is fat, one is thin. One loves strokes and cuddles, the other only wants attention on her own terms. They are our furry little babies and we love them so much!
My children have always grown up with cats. I think that a home with pets is one filled with love, and having the cats teaches our children responsibility. They have each had the job of feeding the cats each day at one time or another. It is currently my son’s role as he’s the youngest. My daughter is almost a teen so now she can do more in the house to help out and earn her pocket money, but it’s a job they do more willingly than laying the table for example, because they love the cats!
My scrappy cat is called Star. The kids named him when we re-homed him as a kitten, the only male of the litter. We already had a girl cat and we thought that it would be best to get a boy so Jet didn’t need to compete to be ‘Queen’. Plus she was older so a kitten would know his place, and defer to the older cat. We were trying to make the introduction of a new cat as easy as possible for our existing one.
It didn’t work! Star has never and will never defer to anyone. Even though a mere babe, he came straight into our home, pushed Jet out of the way and stole her food. Then he curled up on my bed and went to sleep. Jet had never dared to get up on the bed.
Star crashes through the catflap and when we go to see what the noise is, we find another cat that he’s bothered in some way, glaring at us with bared teeth. Star is a troublemaker, Jet causes us no trouble. But we love them both.
Last weekend we went to a large shopping mall for a family day out to get some Christmas gifts. We wanted to buy the kids’ Christmas presents and do some shopping and after a long and tiring day out, we stopped at ASDA on the way home to buy some food for tea. My kids spotted the Dreamies cat treats in the pet food aisle and wanted to buy them. We don’t usually buy pet treats – just the regular cat food but as we’d been out buying Christmas treats for the family, my children asked to get these for the cats too. They said how much they’d love to give the cats a little treat, so we chose two packs of Dreamies, one salmon and cheese mixed treats and one tuna treat.
When we arrived home, the cats circled around us as they do when we have been out all day. I like to think that they have missed us, (they probably have!) but I also know they are hungry. My kids got the Dreamies out and we tried them with the cats. We’ve never given our cats cheese before so we wanted to see how they took to the mixed Dreamies. They lapped them up! Pretty soon the cats were satisfied and nudging our hands with their heads for a stroke.
My scrappy cat Star may go out gallivanting and start a fight with his furry sister at times, but after a good feed and a cuddle with the family, he’s just a pussy cat!
Do you have a cat like this in your home? Tell me about your cheeky pets in the comments!