So, here’s a fact that you may not know about me — I am a cat lover. I’ve had cats my entire life and love them [and their fickleness]. However, I’ve not owned a cat in three years — the longest I, and my fellow cat-loving husband, have gone without a little furball skittering around the house. My longtime kitty partner, Chaucer, went into kidney failure when my son was just three months old and we had to lay her to rest.
Devastated doesn’t even begin to touch upon how I felt — for well over a year after my sweet Chaucer was gone, the mere mention of her, or even thinking of her, brought tears to my eyes.
I adopted Chaucer when I was in college, and she was my buddy. We braved cross country moves, multiple homes and apartments, and she was also my constant travel companion — where I went, she went (and she traveled really well!). Chaucer was a fiercely loyal alpha cat, who would bully whatever cat or dog she encountered (even in their own homes!). While she was assertive, she was an unbelievably sweet cat who slept with me every night (often right on top of me!).
Why am I talking about my cat? Well, I had the opportunity to write about cats this summer for Care.com. You know how you get “baby fever”? Well, all of this talk about cats kicked my “cat fever” into high gear this summer — so much so, that I had my husband promise that we could rescue TWO cats when the time was right for our family.
I also had the opportunity to interview Chaucer’s veterinarian for a couple pieces, and the piece I wrote about kidney failure really hit home. Walking into Chaucer’s old vet to interview her veterinarian brought back painful memories and I found myself in tears in the office (seriously). But I’m happy to have had the opportunity to write a piece and remember my kitty.
I wield a mean flea comb, have administered long term medication (Chaucer had Thyroid Disease her last 5 years), battled ear mites, cleaned up hairballs and cat vomit, and have even expressed anal glands — all with love. Without further adieu, my friends and fellow cat lovers, here are the cat articles I wrote for Care.com this summer — I hope you find them informative! Me-ooow!