Sunday, August 7, 2011

Had I But Known ...


by Leann
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As reported earlier by this blogger, I welcomed a kitten into my home about a month ago. With one of my senior cats already gone, the decision was not about replacing my beloved Indigo, but about preparing for the future. I have two other senior cats and they both have health issues. If they were both to pass on one after the other in the near future, I knew I would be dealing with serious depression. My cats are my friends and since I am alone most of the time, important and well-loved companions indeed.

Wexford is now 3 1/2 months old and what new life he has brought to this house. Today, even my diabetic cat, who has had a serious kidney infection for nearly 3 months, was playing! WOW. It is hard to ignore a whirling dervish who doesn't care if you swat at him or hiss. He just keeps trying to engage with all the animals. Today, Agatha Christie finally caved. The toys are fun after all!

There is also a change in me. I smile more. I laugh more. My heart doesn't hurt as much for the loss of my Indigo, my health and the fact that I cannot write as fast as I used to. I'm still not thrilled about all that, but what a great distraction a kitten is. And this one is so loving and sweet and smart and fun. Since the first night he arrived, he has curled up with me at bedtime and stayed until morning. The other cats don't seem to mind, either. That was a big surprise. He's just such a force of nature, my Wexford. Even Rosie is figuring out how to play with a cat--though that's coming along a little slower. She's rather rambunctious and the kitten is still reticent. Wise, I'd say. Had I but known what a good decision this was, I might have brought a kitten home sooner.

How about you? Have you made any decisions that you pondered, worried over and in the end, they turned out to be exactly the right thing to do?

22 comments:

Chaplain Jan said...

But if you had brought a kitten home sooner, it would not have been Wexford & would probably have had a completely different personality. Wexford came when you & your cats were ready for him - "when waiting was filled" to use an old Heinlein phrase.

Aurian said...

No not that I can think of this early in the morning. But what a lovely story and cute pics! He is adorable. Glad everything is going well.

Mardel said...

I totally agree with Chaplain Jan - sometimes pets come into our lives a very specific times. It's a little spooky in a wonderful way. I can't remember if you've mentioned what your recent health changes are, but I've had three devastating diagnosis (none of them cancer, but one is a lung issue) in the last year and a half - Just weeks before everything hit the fan, I made an impulsive, sudden decision to take a puppy based solely on a phone pic. That's just crazy. I got this very strong feeling that I needed him, I said I'd take him and two years later, other than my health, I'm so very happy. I did need him. My older dog needed him. I think the two might be in love. LOL - they are close. I don't think I would have appreciated thim any other time in my life, or I don't think at any other time I've ever had a pet so important to me.

Hang in there, and it looks like you are appreciating your little dervish very much. Small miracles. That's life.

Sue said...

I've always said that we don't pick our pets, they pick us. After the loss of my sweet little toy poodle Jass, I went to the local humane society to find another pet. I had gone to adopt another toy poodle that was there. However, as things worked out, that was not the dog that came home with me. As this sweet looking cockapoo was brought in from outside, I looked at her name. It was Georgia. Now being from the south it caught my eye and she captured my heart. She has now been my faithful companion for 4 years now and I would be lost without her. BTW, the little toy poodle I went to look at also got adopted.

Leann Sweeney said...

I think you are all so right. Wexford's picture caught my eye. I kept coming back to him over and over after scrolling through hundreds of other kitten pictures. He was meant to live here.

Books by Heather said...

Oh, I'm so happy to read this. Wexford seems like a perfect fit in your family-it was meant to be.

The Cat Bastet said...

OMG, Wexford is adorable! I agree with the previous comment: he seems perfect for your family. I'm so glad! Even though you can never replace a beloved cat, a kitten does help ease the grief.

Cathy Akers-Jordan

Leann Sweeney said...

He is perfect! I remember Indigo was an absolute "wild child" and though Wexford has his "episodes" of random racing, jumping, attacking kitten stuff, he also can get very mellow for one so little.

dollycas aka Lori said...

What a wonderful addition. I am so glad the other cats are adjusting. Things happen in their own time. He came to you at the perfect time. (((hugs)))

Anonymous said...

As we like to say around here "Nature Abhors a Vacuum"...

Jessica Park said...

I'm so happy Wexford is bringing such joy to you, and you to him, I'm sure.

When our adored 15 yo dog Sammy died, we were utterly heartbroken. I sobbed for days until I was nearly sick. I thought we wouldn't want another dog for at least a year, but the emptiness and total agony were just too much. I'd see a winter parka that had fallen onto the floor, and from out of the corner of my eye, I'd think it was her. Then I'd be in tears. We needed a new dog... not a replacement, of course, but a companion to ease the pain a little. We found our wonderful Fritzy at a shelter. He was 6 months when we got him and full of puppy energy. (We'd actually wanted an older dog, but... Well, you can't help who you fall in love with.) He is a totally different type of dog than Sammy, but he has helped tremendously. We love him as much as Sammy, but differently.

Very happy for you, Leann, and for the lucky Wexford!

Barbara said...

Bless little Wexford for the joy he has brought to your life, and also bless all of your friends who have gotten their pets from shelters. There are so many available, especially cats.

Dru said...

They are right, Wexford was waiting for you because he knew the joy you and your family will need and I'm so glad he has you smiling.

Lynda said...

I understand what you mean about pondering and worrying over a decision that, in the end, turns out right. When I was deciding whether to foster cats for the shelter, I worried about how it would affect my cats. Not just the extra work, expenses and socialization thing (not all cats come in willing to get along with my cats at first), but also because of health issues. Sometimes the cats seem OK but you find out they're ill. At one point, a foster had URI and my cats got it.

However, all the fosters that I've brought home would have been put down if I had not taken them in. My cats are adjusting and I totally feel it's worth all the hassles. Right now I have my 2 cats, an adult foster that had emergency surgery and needs to heal, and a mother with 7 kittens. It's frantic at times and expenses are tough (11 cats go through a lot of litter & food), but I look at them and realize that they are alive, and will someday have forever homes, because of me, and that makes it all worth the effort.

I'm glad that Wexford is in your life. Cats are like little angels on earth - put here to make our lives better.

Linda McDonald said...

I'm so happy to hear how much joy, love, and fun Wexford has brought to your family. He is such a cute kitty! My friend has a stray cat in her backyard that just had seven kitties recently. She lets them handle them all and is very friendly. As for me, I've pondered and worried over decisions regarding jobs I've had (jobs I have left, jobs I have taken) and so far, everything seems to have worked out the way it should be. No regrets.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks all! There have been decisions I've made that I have regretted, but it's a waste to worry about them at this point in my life. Lynda, if my husband would agree (which he won't) I would LOVE to foster cats and dogs. I was surprised we even agreed about this kitten. But I think he knew I needed some joy that lasted every day, not just the occasional times I get to visit with my wonderful family.

Vickie said...

The joy that a child (whether furred or no) can bring into a household is wonderful.

ev said...

Ah, but if you had brought one home earlier, it wouldn't have been Wexford. So there was a reason it took so long.

Every animal we have brought into our home and lives were big decisions- sometimes well planned ones, others a snap judgement.

We've never regretted any of them.

Sarita said...

I'm so glad you've got a new member in your family. He is adorable!

Nancy said...

Hi Leann, looking at Wexford's picture I can see that he is very sweet. His fluffy under the chin mane is adorable! And look at the size of those paws!

Leann Sweeney said...

Those paws tell me he is going to be a big boy!

Heather said...

What a beautiful new cat! I wish you all the best. Animals can certainly improve one's overall health. There is healing in those purrs and smiles.