I've always loved both cats and dogs, but have usually had dogs for my pets. My last dog was a yellow lab I had for 11 years, until I had a stroke 2 1/2 years ago and ended up in Texas instead of New Mexico and couldn't have her at my son's house, which I lived at for a while. After several months I got my own apartment in Arlington TX . It's a 2nd story apartment and I love it a lot. But a dog is no longer practical for me. For one thing, I have some difficulty walking and taking a dog out in the ice, heavy rain, or the heat here is something I would have trouble doing. Also my balance is off and I have to really watch my walking to make sure I don't fall. And I'm afraid walking a dog might cause me to fall especially if the dog has moments of pulling or suddenly wanting to chase after something. So I decided on a cat. Now I haven't had a cat but once in my life, and that was a number of years ago! She ran away after several months. So I'm not real experienced.
I got a 3 month old kitten from the animal shelter a week ago Saturday, when they had a Clear The Shelter Day and adoption, spaying, the chip, tags, etc were all free. They were supposed to open at 10 that day. There were 69 shelters in north Texas participating in this, as well as more all over the nation and it was great how many animal got adopted. Some even had horses, mules, bunnies, hamsters, and other animals that got a forever home. I'm so glad I could be a part of it.
I heard that people tend to get to the shelters really early to get the best pick. Also since temps reach around 100 degrees, with high humidity, I figured I'd rather wait for them to open early than to go later and have to wait when there wasn't as many animals and maybe outside in the heat. So I got there at 5:30 am! There were already 2 families ahead of me and more came after me. Luckily for us the shelter decided to open at 9 instead off 10 so by 10 I was back home.
I already decided I wanted a kitten. I had also heard on the news that black cats are often really sweet but because of superstitions may be looked over when it comes to adoptions. Since I have no superstitions I decided if I found a black kitten I would willingly bring it home.
So I found my kitten right away. I named her Mija (Me ha) which is a Spanish name that means my daughter. It is also a sign of affection. Since I live alone, with my kids far away, she will be my new "daughter". Mijo is son, and if I ended up with a male that's what I would have called him.
She's such a sweetheart. But I took her to the vet for a check up this past Saturday, after having her a week. They found that she has an ear infection. So I have to put 3 drops in each ear twice a day for 2 weeks. Ever try to put drops in a cats ears ha ha!! Remember I'm inexperienced at this. The first day wasn't too bad. The morning of Sunday was a little rough. But last night I got some pretty serious scratches on my left hand trying to do this! When was at the vets, they did a couple of tests on her and brought her back to me wrapped in a towel. I wondered why but didn't think to ask. I had an aha moment when I realized after last night that if I wrapped her in a towel I might not get torn up by her little claws! Duhhh! So this morning went a little better. Only about 12 more days to go!
She makes me laugh watching her play. Early morning is her favorite times. Of course I went to sleep late last night, and her little 3 1/2 lb body woke me up this morning sitting on me wanting her breakfast! How can such a little thing seem so light one moment but when I'm sleeping seem so heavy!
She likes to cuddle by me sometimes to sleep and that makes me feel so good. So all in all I think we're going to make it through the rough times and find lots of joy together. I'm so glad I have her.
Have to get used to taking pictures of her when she's not on something dark or hurtling like a streak!