A Cat Without Legs

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What do you call a cat without any legs?  I don’t know, but sometimes I can’t believe how adorable Chester is.  He does this thing where he tucks all of his legs beneath him and he becomes very compact.  I think he does it to get warm and comfortable, but I don’t care about the reason.  He’s so cute.

Well, this will be the first weekend by myself in a long time.  Before my boyfriend even left, I knew I had to keep myself busy or else I would be beyond bored and super restless.  I know this from past experience.  I have had to be separated from him on a number of occasions and honestly, 20 days is nothing.  I actually can’t believe it’s already almost been three days since I took him to the airport.  The weekends will be boring though.  I have to feel like I’m accomplishing something nonstop in my free time or else I’m wasting it.  I don’t know why and I know that’s not always true, but that’s how I think and feel more often than not.

Tomorrow is going to be a fun day.  I will actually not be by myself at all for the majority of it!  I am going to go back to my hometown, which is about an hour and a half away and southeast from where I am living now.  I’m going to spend the day with my mommy 😀  We are going to go to the antique stores around town and some other little stores that sell home decor.  My hometown is a good place to go if you want to shop at some really cute stores and they are much less expensive than where I’m living now.  Plus, I want to see my mom.  I haven’t seen her in awhile and I miss her.  It’s fun when it can just be her and I 🙂

Well, that’s all I have to discuss today.  That and I think I may have a sinus infection.  I have been stuffy this week, sound nasally (more than normal that is), and I just took my temperature and I have a slight fever.  This would explain why I have had headaches lately and I’m more tired than usual.  This always seems to happen when my boyfriend leaves.  Not sure why, but it does.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Megan

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67 thoughts on “A Cat Without Legs

  1. I know that cat position. I call it the stuffed turkey. It’s so damn cute. I will have to find some photos of my little girl (I lost her two weeks before losing my Mom. It was NOT a good time in my life, to say the least.) to share with you, because Chester is a dead ringer for her. I’m betting he’s more than just a tabby, because she was part Egyptian Mau and they have the exact same markings. My family’s cat is a Ragamuffin and he doesn’t do the same things that Chester does. He’s physically a larger breed too, but he’s still sweet when he’s not using me to play hockey with.

    The weather has been insane with more allergens in the air than usual, which might explain why you think you’ve got a sinus infection. Try loading up on Vitamin C and B12 to see if it goes away on its own. I’ve had a few that went away quickly by simply increasing my B12 intake, but it’s actually been five years since I’ve had a sinus infection, which I’m incredibly grateful for. I suffer enough between the migraines and the Fibromyalgia. I do NOT need anything else placed on that health pile.

    Have a good weekend antiquing. =)

    1. It is so cute. He’s actually sitting stuffed turkey style right now 😉 I’m so sorry for your loss. I will be heartbroken when this little guy passes away. It’s just like losing a member of the family. Chester does have very dark, vivid markings and we get comments on how beautiful his markings are. He looks very similar to the african wild cat, which is the domestic cat ancestor. He’s a beautiful little guy. I’ve always thought that he had some exotic traits, so I can’t say for certain that he’s not part Egyptian mau 🙂 I would definitely love to see a picture of your little girl. I should start taking vitamin c again. I always felt better when I did. Do you take B12 to increase your energy? I have chronic fatigue and I need to find a supplement to help with that 🙂

      Thanks so much for sharing so much 🙂

      1. He’s definitely part Mau. I can tell from his markings and other characteristics. My baby had the exact same markings and her stomach was like looking at the markings on a snow leopard cub. It was beautiful and the texture was completely unlike the rest of her fur. I cried when she was spayed, I was afraid it would never growback and it didn’t, so I was justified in my feelings.
        Part of my job over the last seven or eight years has been an in-depth research study of cats, so I tend to know breeds pretty well when I look at them. I can tell when a cat is “just a cat”, when they’re a breed, and when they’re downright human in their behavior, just from looking at them. I’m like that with babies too, it’s my intuition going into a different realm. Cats and babies on the same wave-length respond to me, whereas a cat that is “just a cat” will pretty much ignore me.
        I take B12 to boost my immune system. It lessens the strength and severity of colds and if I start to feel the flu coming on, I triple my intake until it goes away. B6 is another one I take and that does help with energy and immune system support. I take a combination of Valerian, Passionflower, and Magnesium that REALLY helps where fatigue is concerned. I can see a huge difference in how I feel between when I take it and when I’m not taking it. It’s a product called Valerin from Wonder Labs. There’s a money back guarantee on it, so if I’d hated it I could have returned it and gotten my money back, but this stuff really works. I’ve been taking it for about six months and it makes me feel so much better. Without it, I barely feel human. The plus side is that it’s good for you and can’t cause any harm. I take it before bed or in the morning, and it’s improved my quality of life in a lot of ways. Especially where it pertains to fatigue because I go back and forth between coma like exhuastion to not being able to sleep at all. This stuff balances me out without making me ill.

      2. I’m so glad you told me about your thoughts about Chester being part Mau 🙂 I always knew he was special and I think everyone who is around him thinks so too. You can just tell from him that he’s got a huge personality and that he’s not just in this world taking up space. I had to feed a friend’s cat while she was out of town and I had never seen her cat before. When I went to her house I was excited to see her kitty, but when I saw it, I felt nothing. The cat was dumb and jumpy. Nothing like Chester. Chester almost seems human at times. He’s a VERY intelligent cat and he doesn’t get fooled easily. He tires of most cat toys quickly. This means a lot coming from you and I trust your opinion fully. Thanks for informing me!

        Also, I read about the Valerin from Wonder Labs. The reviews are amazing! I use homeopathic products daily and am a big believer in natural healing. I take black currant supplements for the antioxidants, probiotics, a green tea/pine bark/grapeseed oil complex for metabolism, a women’s multi vitamin, and blackstrap molasses for iron. I know that sounds like a lot, but I don’t take all of them every day. I also use essential oils for all sorts of ailments. Anyway, I am thinking about the Valerin. Sounds like a good solution for my chronic fatigue. Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

      3. I knew it the second I looked at him. I even showed some of the photos of him to my brother and he said “Why does she have photos of my baby?” That tells you a lot about how closely them resemble one another. I will dig up some photos off of some CD’s and DVD’s and e-mail them to you so you can see how alike they look. The only difference in the eyes, hers were more of the gold/green, but she was definitely a lot like a person. Her expressions were NOT “cat like” at all.
        I had a similar experience with a family friend’s cats. I was constantly told how fabulous they were, how frienfly, how well adjusted, sweet, etc., and these cats wouldn’t even look at me or come near me. They were cats, they didn’t have any unique qualities to them. My cats were always right at the front door to meet people. Even if they decided you weren’t worth their time, or that they didn’t like you, they still came to inspect you. My Tortie was my mini-me. I had a friend visiting once and she jumped onto the sink and stared at her while she was getting ready one morning. She later says to me “I hope it’s ok that I borrowed your brush.” I looked at her, already knowing why the cat was following her, and casually said “Which brush did you think was mine?” She responds with a logical answer (to her any way), about it being blue and really cute, since almost everything I own is a shade of blue. Then she said “But your cat was not pleased with me. She’s behaving like a stole something.” I just about fell off the couch because she hadn’t borrowed MY brush, she’d used the cat’s brush. Both of my cats had fancy, feminine brushes that they loved, but especially my little one. That cat could con the entire family into brushing her from 6:00 a.m. ’til 9:00 a.m. every morning. She was SUCH a girlie-girl.
        I’ve never met a really intelligent cat that was heavy into toys. They might like it for a few hours, but after that they’re wondering what you’re doing. The only “toy” my cats loved was a laser pointer. As kittens they LOVED rubber balls, but once they were older, chasing each other or the pointer was so much more fun to them. My little one was a climber, she could scale an entire wall if she saw the tiniest spider or anything infringing on her territory. She’d scale bookcases, end up at the very top of a closet, etc. I used to have to get on a ladder and help her down because she’d just stay in the closet and cry for me. She knew I’d always come for her, whereas her sister would hide in the closet in a lower area. She wasn’t fond of jumping after she’d gotten spayed. As a kitten, she was noisy, curious, and always in your face. She had a lot of energy, but as with all cats, that high energy does eventually calm down.
        I would never recommend anything I didn’t use myself, with great results. I’m not very happy with the medical community, for various reasons, and after having a weird falling out with a doctor who only met me once, I turned to Valerin because of my spinal injury. I was surprised how well it works. Taking it all these months, it has definitely improved my range of motion. For a long time, I couldn’t turn my neck, I’d have to turn my entire body to look at a person or talk to someone.
        I drink a lot of green tea, but I don’t take antioxidant supplements because I eat a balanced diet and get a lot of what I need from the food I eat.
        I use essential oils too. Lavender for my migraines, but I also have Clary Sage, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Vanilla, Spearmint, Cinnamon Leaf, Lime, & Lemongrass. I’m currently on the prowl for the perfect Chamomile.
        I’ve noticed that the Valerin helps me sleep better and just plain helps my body run more smoothly. When I don’t take it, I’m miserable, so I do my level best to re-order it when I’m down to about 30 tablets. They ship SO fast that I have never been unhappy with an order. It’s all I get from them, but I’d order other products based on the success rate of this stuff, for sure.

      4. Definitely email me some photos of your baby. From all this talk about her, I have to see this gorgeous little creature 🙂 I laughed so hard at the story about the cat brush! I love that your friend used it and even more so that your baby was giving her the evil eye for using HER brush. She sounds like a very intelligent girl.

        I have an entire basket of purchased and quickly discarded cat toys. Waste of money if you ask me. Sometimes Won will get out the laser pointer and Chester likes that quite a bit. I love it when they try to catch it with their paw and if you shut off the laser quickly, they will try to look under their paw to see if it’s there 😉 Hopefully you know what I’m talking about because it’s so cute and somewhat an indication of how good they are at problem solving 🙂

        What kinds of oils do you use? My mom is a consultant for doTerra, so I get tons of stuff from them through her. I haven’t bought anything from myself there even though she got me a preferred membership. There is also a good brand called Eden’s Garden that I quite love. THey have therapeutic grade oils for a reasonable price. Plus they sell Thieves oil, which is normally pretty expensive, for a great price. I could go on and on about oils, sorry about that!

        Anyway, I am going to order some Valerin. I constantly have some body ache or another, probably because I have terrible posture and I sleep on two pillows, but I want to see if it will help with some of that. It has great reviews on the website and from you, so I figured why not 🙂

    2. Ok I looked up the characteristics of the Egyptian Mau and Chester fits it to a T. I never heard of the breed before, so this is interesting. I always thought his long back legs were unique. He even has the extra flap of skin near his belly and hind legs. His markings are exactly right, so is his head shape and eyes. He is so intelligent too. I’ve always felt he was different than other tabby cats 🙂

      1. I’d only ever heard of the breed in passing and I’ve never come across a cat that was a purebreed Mau, but I’ve come across many that were or are part Mau.
        There was a study done years ago (I’m not 100% sure when, but within the last 13 years, at least) to see if the cats in Egypt are all direct descendants of the first cat ever recorded to have existed and they discovered that none of the cats that swabbed for DNA were related, and they literally got over 800 samples. The study was based on a belief that all cats have their ancestral origins in Egypt or Russia. Apparently not, but it was stillvery interesting.
        Most cats get branded “tabbies” when they’re kittens. My cats were incorrectly labeled when I adopted them as tiny balls of fluff (The volunteer that gave them to me actually told me they were both Russian Blues. You’ve seen what my baby looked like, she was definitely not a Blue!! I know she was trying to be helpful, but she only ended up giving me a headache.), but shelters have started to get better at identifying breeds earlier now than they once did. The CFA is still obnoxious about their breed standards, but are slowly having to accept hybrids (like Bengals and Savannahs) as domestic breed.
        Most people underestimate the intelligence of cats, but I’ve been around cats my entire life and I can assure you that not every single cat I’ve come across was the sharpest tool in the shed. The ones that have human attributes, interests, and expressions tend to be the bright, intuitive animals that cats are meant to be. I always consider them “little people” because they’re often far more intelligent than some Harvard graduates I know!
        Being a “cat Mom” is a little bit like being a real Mom. We all want to believe our cat/child is unique and special, but I’m not good at sugar coating. Not all cats are unique and not all children are unique. I think unique animals are attracted to the unique qualities they see in people, which harkens back to the old saying that the cat chooses you, not the other way around. I adored my kittens, but they each chose someone they decided was going to be their person. My Chester look-alike (her name was translated out of another language, so it doesn’t make sense to a lot of people) decided she loved men mostly (my Dad, my brother, my brother’s best friend, my abusive ex, etc.), but she also loved my Mom and one of my best friends. I was her punching bag and playmate, but she did not seek me out as her constant companion. My little macaroon decided she was going to take care of me when she was about 4-6 months old. She followed me everywhere, she knew I was going to do something before I did, she was remarkable in her intuitiveness, she was sharp, sassy, a little smart ass, but her devotion was solely to me. She was never far from wherever I was, she even tried jumping into the shower with me, to the point where I had to barricade my bathroom door because she figured out how to unlock every single door placed before her. She tolerated other people and the few people she openly disliked were very intimidated by her. That kind of love and our relationship on a whole was a rare one, and one I will treasure from here to eternity. I’m going to tattoo her initial and paw print underneath the ink I already have. I already wear a necklace with her name on it. I tried adopting a dog, it didn’t work, so I will forever be cat crazy.
        I’m glad I was able to help you learn more about Chester. =)

      2. I couldn’t agree more. Cats are given a often labeled as aloof, but Chester is never hiding and is very personable. I think cats are much better problem solvers than dogs and that’s the thing that I think that makes them more intelligent than dogs. To those who have never owned a cat, however, or just leave their cats to roam the neighborhood and feed them just so they can say they are their pets, those people never get to know the true, loving nature of cats. That is funny about your cat using you as a punching bag 😉 I like that. Chester is very affectionate toward me and rarely, if ever tries to take a nibble. If he does, he licks me where he bit as if her were apologizing, or he’ll just sit on my lap without me forcing him too. He’s very sweet to me. To my boyfriend, however, he is quite a bit more playful. They are almost like brothers playing with one another. It’s a totally different dynamic. They rough house sometimes and often Won will end up with a few bite marks. I love how they determine our roles: I’m his mother and Won is his brother. 🙂

    1. We had so much fun! My mom made it that much more fun 🙂 The store was awesome! If you are ever in Huntingburg, then you should go there. I know that’s a HUGE if 😉

  2. Remember that stress can make you more susceptible to getting sick. Having you boyfriend gone could definitely be stressful. Take care and get lots of rest! I hope you have a great time with your mom.

    1. That makes a lot of sense. I am more stressed at this time. My responsibilities have nearly doubled and I’m not used to doing everything on my own. Thank you and I did have a wonderful time with my mom 🙂

  3. I too adore it when they tuck themselves up like that!! adorable picture 🙂 and have a great time with your mum ..sounds like a lot of fun to me 🙂 Have a great day Fozziemum

  4. Hey Megan! First, Chester looks AWESOME! My best friend had a cat just like him and he was the kindest cat ever. It must be something with those particular breeds. Second, I totally relate when it comes to feeling like accomplishing something when I have free time. This never developed till I started studying speech pathology a few years ago. Ever since then, I feel that I always need to be what I’d like to call “constant motion.” I need to be moving at all times; I’ll get restless if I don’t.

    Love your posts!!! Have fun with your mom this weekend, and stay busy! =)

    1. Hey! Chester is awesome and very silly and cuddly. I think it does have something to do with being a Tabby 🙂 I’m glad to hear that somebody has the same issues with restlessness as me. I cam’t say that it happened when I studied speech and hearing, but it did seem to happen sometime in late childhood or early adulthood.

      I had so much fun with my mom 🙂 I’m kind of a strange 23 year old, who likes to shop for antiques and all! Good to hear from you again. It’s always a pleasure 🙂
      megan

  5. My cat Saffie does the tucked in legs thing. When she does it stretched out, with her head on the ground too, I call it the slug 🙂

    Have a fun filled weekend!

  6. Chester and his “half past seven” expression. This is a term my mum and I coined years ago when cats get that look about them – don’t disturb me I’m trying to sleep; although if food is on offer I’m available.

      1. LOL! My sister came up with that at Christmas time… Her cat was sitting on the arm of the couch all tucked in and looked like a loaf with a head.. so she came up with loaf cat… and it stuck.. LOL! 🙂

  7. We have a cat named Chester as well and he looks and sits just exactly like this. when I came across your post, I had to check and see if my girl started a blog here. Our cats can bring us such simple joy.

  8. The why of the sinus infection is that your immunity gets lower when you are a little depressed…ie. he’s gone.
    Glad you get to spend time with your mom. Mine lives very close, so I get to see her a couple of times a week.
    Keep busy, but rest up, too! 17 days will be gone before you know it.
    Scott

    1. That makes sense. I have many more responsibilities when he leaves and I have trouble balancing everything. I get tired so early that it feels like there’s never enough time. I wish my mom lived a little closer. THat would be nice 🙂

  9. I love reading your posts 🙂 I hope you have the most wonderful time with your mum,it sure sounds lovely.

  10. I was in therapy this week and the therapist mentioned ‘I bet that is where the OCD comes from’ and I was like….okay yeah…maybe. The thing is and how this relates to your post…I can’t sit still really. I have to be working or doing something, I can’t let the dishes sit, or the not make my bed…and in some ways that’s good. BUT, I don’t relax well. So maybe this is a good time for you to see what it feels like to sit still and know the silence is soothing. I take my own advice….too….so no worries definitely not a pot calling the kettle black sort of thing…just sharing the thought. 😉 Much love.

    1. I’m the very same way. I am constantly doing something and am so restless. My mom is honestly the same way. If something comes to mind, even say if I’m watching a movie, I have to go take care of the thing that’s racking my brain. 🙂

      1. I know…nothing is so important as whatever it is you forgot or need to do. lol

        My therapist caught me on something and said ‘no but’s’ just stop right there and we both laughed. lol

  11. I just wanted to thank you for your amazing blog. I’ve commented before, but it’s been a while since I’ve had the time to sit down and catch up on your posts! I don’t have OCD, but I do have issues with depression and generalized anxiety. A lot of things you say sound like they come right out of my head – and it’s awesome to see that I’m not really so alone in this!
    I loved your therapy post where you talked about how our ancestors needed fear to survive – I love evolution and biology and that kind of explanation sits really well with me.
    I feel exactly the same way about my boyfriend. We don’t live together, but he lives in the same town as me and if he goes away, even for a weekend, I have to stay REALLY REALLY busy or I end up a depressed mess, and usually that takes a while to go away even if he comes home.
    I’m so proud of you (of both of us!) for knowing this about ourselves, and working hard to improve things. Keep it up!

    1. You sound so much like me 🙂 The ancestor explanation makes a lot of sense to me. Vestigial aspects of human life are interesting to me in general. Until I started this blog, I never thought that as many people have the same thoughts, feelings, and fears as me, but I’ve come into contact with a number of wonderful people who live the way I do. It’s not at all easy being us, that’s for sure!

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