Having a pet is by no means an easy thing. I grew up with pets, but was never expected to take care of any of them. For awhile before adopting Chester, I wanted a cat. I knew it would take a lot of money and time to have a pet, so was always a little hesitant. Finally, one May morning, my bf and I headed over to the shelter and fell in love with a little kitten named Jeff. We decided then and there that he was meant to be with us and we changed his name to Chester even before adopting him!
Having a pet is so much more than I imagined. In a way, they are therapy. I’ve heard that people with pets live longer and I think that has a lot to do with the calming, loving presence that they seem to have. My cat is definitely my therapy. I’d like to share with you now the things I’ve come to know since adopting that little kitten, who has made our lives much more interesting, to say the least 😉
- I have learned how to be patient…very, very patient.
There have been countless times when I have been in awe at the things a pet will do when bored, or just being curious. This “awe” could easily turn into anger if not kept in check. I always keep in mind that Chester is just a VERY curious animal. He has taught me a lot of patience.
- I have learned how to take care of another life.
It’s weird thinking about it, but having a pet means that you have to take care of a living thing and make sure it doesn’t die! Chester has given us a scare every now and then, but it has always turned out to be nothing. In fact, the doctor even told us that he is in “superb” condition and that we were doing an excellent job taking care of him. We were very proud parents indeed 🙂
- I have learned to just relax and take it easy.
By nature, I think, I am a very uptight person and hold in a lot of tension and anxiety. Chester is in no way uptight 😉 He sleeps a lot, which is a normal cat thing. I’ve heard that they sleep around 16 hours a day or something, which makes sense because he is awake at night and sleeping during the day. He knows how to just take it easy and not care 🙂
- I’ve learned how to just be myself.
Chester has a personality like none other, so much so that we often say, “he’s just like a person!” He’s such a goofball and I think I’ve learned to just laugh a bit more and be the dork that I truly am 🙂 I am and always will be a super-dork, which is fine with me because my bf and I like to be dorky all the time when we’re together. (I have this terrible habit of changing the lyrics of songs to something Chester-related. This is probably one of the dorkiest things I do.)
- I’ve learned to just be happy with the things I have.
I won’t lie, sometimes I get into one of those “must have” phases and just have to buy something that I’ve set my eye on, but living on my own I’ve come to the realization that I can’t afford everything! With responsibility comes a lot of sacrifice. I buy Chester toys and things and he likes them for about a second, but he is most intrigued by hair ties. He never ceases to love them, even when he’s discarded that toy mouse I got him months ago.
- I’ve learned the importance of cuddling.
It is important! Cats are super fun to cuddle with if they will let you because they are basically squishy balls of love. I often wake up with Chester cuddling around my head or laying on my back when I’m sleeping on my belly. The sound of his purring is quite soothing 🙂
- I’ve learned there’s no place like home!
Chester makes me realize just how wonderful I have it at home in our little, cute apartment. He HATES it outside and is terrified to even step foot outdoors. He really doesn’t like his walks. As soon as we’ve been outside for a few minutes, he’s back at the door wanting inside again.
- I’ve learned the meaning of loving unconditionally.
I’d like to think that I already knew this, but I’m not so certain of that. There is absolutely nothing Chester could do that would make me angry or hate him. After all, he’s just a cat. I think this has extended to other aspects of my life and I’ve come to realize just how much my partner and family really mean to me.
- I’ve learned how to keep a clean house!
You can’t have a messy house with a cat because for one thing, they shed on everything, Chester not so much because I bathe him. Also, they eat things they shouldn’t! If I don’t keep things off of the floor it will most likely become a new toy or snack.
- Finally, I’ve learned that money can’t buy happiness, but adopting sure can! 🙂
I recommend getting a pet if it’s possible for you and to adopt a pet from a shelter. They need a home and they will love you tons, I promise!
Thanks for reading 🙂